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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan Fargo ND

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.

Mr. Robert A. Bye, CFP®
(701) 476-8430
4310 17th Ave S
Fargo, ND
Firm
Eide Bailly Financial Services Fargo ND 58103
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more



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Mr. Michael W. Smith, CFP®
(701) 232-7175
2601 12th Ave S Ste 2
Fargo, ND
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Doyle A. Ranstrom, CFP®
(701) 293-5789
808 3rd Ave S
Fargo, ND
Firm
Ranstrom Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Paul A. Light, CFP®
(701) 356-5106
1220 Main Ave
Fargo, ND
Firm
Light Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning

Data Provided by:
Robert P Mastel, CFP®
(701) 205-1594
616 Main Ave
Fargo, ND
Firm
RPM Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Employee and Employer Plan Benefits

Data Provided by:
Ms. Mona Tedford, CFP®
(701) 492-2632
1444 45th St S
Fargo, ND
Firm
Bremer Trust
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management

Data Provided by:
Ms. Shannon M. Gephart, CFP®
(701) 280-5124
3137 32nd Ave South
Fargo, ND
Firm
Alerus Financial

Data Provided by:
Douglas Melby, CFP®
(701) 235-2002
1202 27th St S
Fargo, ND
Firm
Heartland Trust Company
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. Kevin J. Dekrey, CFP®
(701) 492-2413
2000 44th St S Ste 402
Fargo, ND
Firm
MORGAN STANLEY SMITH BARNEY
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Donald S. Meidinger, CFP®
(701) 476-8306
4310 17th Ave S
Fargo, ND
Firm
Eide Bailly LLP

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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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