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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan Severn MD

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.

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(410) 695-1556
2327 Sandy Walk Way
Odenton, MD
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Christopher Parr
Parr Financial Solutions, Inc.
(410) 740-9011
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 1200
Columbia, MD
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High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

R. Saxon Birdsong
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
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Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, MBA

Kirk Kinder
Picket Fence Financial
(410) 878-2999
300 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(410) 757-7980
12 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Darrell E Kingsland, CPA
(410) 772-0301
10450 Shaker Dr, Ste 112
Columbia, MD
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Mark Stinson
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Chad Norfolk
Financial Advantage, Inc.
(410) 715-9200
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Special Needs Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thaddeus Toal
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Brian Booth
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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