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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan Ashburn VA

If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan, the cardinal rule is: contribute whatever the employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Femi Shote
Asset Harvest Group, LLC
(703) 444-7819
20534 Meadow Island Place
Potomac Falls, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Professional Athletes or Entertainers
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Darren Koch
Steigerwald, Gordon & Koch Inc.
(703) 777-8826
891A Harrison Street, SE
Leesburg, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®, CRPS, CFMC

Phillip Bour
BourGroup
(703) 407-6697
25925 Planting Field Drive
South Riding, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Frank Boucher
Boucher Financial Planning Services
(703) 391-8466
1900 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFP®

Marjorie Fox
Fox, Joss & Yankee, LLC
(703) 889-1111
1925 Isaac Newton Square, Suite 400
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, BA, CFP®, JD

Bonnie Sewell
American Capital Planning, LLC
(703) 579-7031
25038 Mineral Springs Circle
Stone Ridge, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Dean Knepper
Lifetime Financial Planning, Inc.
(703) 779-0515
208 S. King Street, Suite 201
Leesburg, VA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Dean Knepper
Lifetime Financial Planning, Inc.
(703) 779-0515
2325 Dulles Corner Blvd., Suite 500
Herndon, VA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Bonnie Sewell
American Capital Planning, LLC
(703) 579-7031
11921 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Mitchell Martin
Mitchell Advisory, Inc.
(703) 481-9868
11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 2000
Reston, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan

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Frugal Living

Saving for Retirement: Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan
By James Lange 
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Jun 13, 2007, 16:20

   

If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan, the cardinal rule is: contribute whatever the employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Imagine depositing $1,000 of your money into the bank, but instead of getting a crummy toaster, you receive an extra $1,000 to go along with your deposit. To add to the fun, imagine getting a tax deduction for your deposit and not having to pay tax on your gift. Furthermore, both your $1,000 and the gift $1,000 grow (it is to be hoped), and you don t have to pay income tax on the interest, dividends, capital gains, or the appreciation until you withdraw the money. When you withdraw the money, you will have to pay taxes, but you will have gained interest, dividends, and appreciation in the meantime. That is what employer matching contributions to retirement plans are all about. If the employer matches the employee contribution, it offers a 100% return on the investment in one day (assuming no early withdrawal penalties apply and the matched funds are fully vested).

Over the years, I have heard hundreds of excuses for not taking advantage of an employer-matching plan. All those reasons can be summarized in two words: ignorance and neglect. If you didn t know that before, you know now. If you are not currently taking advantage of your employer-matching plan, run don t walk to your plan administrator and begin the paperwork to take advantage of the employer match. Matching contributions are most commonly found within Section 401k, 403b, and 457 plans. Even if your employer is only willing to make a partial match up to a cap, you should still take advantage of this opportunity. A fairly common agreement is that the employer will contribute 50 cents for every dollar up to the first 6 percent of salary you contribute. Don t grouse that it is not enough or not worth it. You have everything to gain this is free money that will compound and grow and as Einstein said, The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.

As one of the country s top IRA experts, James Lange has developed tax-savvy retirement and estate plans for over 1400 U.S. citizens with appreciable assets in their IRAs and 401(k) plans. In his book, ...

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