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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan Bridgeport CT

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.

Panfilo Guglielmi
Advanced Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 255-0504
140 Sherman Street, 4th FL
Fairfield, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Elizabeth Cox
Cox Financial Services, LLC
(203) 221-2799
191 Post Road West
Westport, CT
Expertises
Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, EA

Brian Shea
Shea Financial Advisors
(203) 966-9651
45 Pine Street, Unit 4A
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

Mr. Peter Elliott Wilk, CFP®
2134 North Ave
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
HD Vest Investment Services
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Healthcare Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning

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Mr. Peter F. Di Domizio, CFP®
(203) 333-8300
1979 E Main St
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
Corporate Benefit Enterprises

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Russell Wayne
Sound Asset Management, Inc.
(203) 222-9370
5 Glen Lane, East Wing
Weston, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Robin Sherwood
HTG Investment Advisors, Inc.
(203) 972-8262
50 Locust Avenue
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

R. Allen Purkiss
Purkiss Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 431-5862
62 Barry Avenue
Ridgefield, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. George H. Clough Iii, CFP®
(203) 338-3930
850 Main St Fl 13
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
People's United Bank

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Mrs. Robin R. Smith, CFP®
(203) 381-0430
149 Wilson St
Fairfield, CT
Firm
Robin Rogers LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan

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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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