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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Alamogordo NM

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

Wells Fargo - Alamogordo Main
(575) 434-8000
1109 New York Ave
Alamogordo, NM
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-04:00 PM
Sun Closed

Wells Fargo - Tularosa
(575) 585-2292
900 St Francis Dr
Tularosa, NM
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:00 AM-04:00 PM
Fri 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Sabato (Sam) DeLuca
Santa Fe Capital Management
(505) 820-1177
3600 Rodeo Lane, Suite B-2
Santa Fe, NM
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Financial Issues Between Generations, Divorce Planning, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Donna Skeels Cygan
Sage Future Financial, LLC
(505) 298-4040
4800 Juan Tabo NE, Suite D
Albuquerque, NM
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. David P Bruner, CFP®
(505) 880-2704
2155 Louisiana Blvd Ste 3000
Albuquerque, NM
Firm
UBS Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Securities, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Wells Fargo - Holloman Afb
(575) 479-6153
731 New Mexico Ave
Holloman Air Force Base, NM
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Roger Asel
Certified Financial Strategies
(972) 702-8121
40 Calle Encanto
Tesuque, NM
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Stephen Madeyski
Stephen Madeyski Financial Planning
(505) 798-9496
7112 Cindy NE
Albuquerque, NM
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Garth Scrivner
StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc.
(505) 298-1098
6000 Uptown Blvd NE, Suite 470
Albuquerque, NM
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, BA, CDFA, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. David L Gaona, CFP®
(505) 828-1188
6749 Academy Rd., NE
Albuquerque, NM
Firm
Bold Financial Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure

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Frugal Living

Saving For Retirement: Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure
By James Lange 
   

Many people perhaps you feel they cannot afford to save for retirement. The truth is you may very well be able to afford to save, but you don t realize it. That's right. I am going to present a rationale to persuade you to contribute more than you think you can afford.

First, I am operating on assumption that you are following the cardinal rule of saving for retirement: If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan you are contributing whatever your employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

If you have substantial savings and maximizing your retirement plan contributions causes your net payroll check to be insufficient to meet your expenses, you should maximize retirement plan contributions.

The shortfall for your living expenses from making increased pre-tax retirement plan contributions should be withdrawn from your savings (money that has already been taxed). Over time this process, i.e., increasing contributions to your retirement plan and funding the shortfall by making after-tax withdrawals from an after-tax account, transfers money from the after-tax environment to the pre-tax environment. Ultimately it results in more money for you and your heirs.

Another way to squeeze blood from a stone is to consider an interest only mortgage. The reduced mortgage payment (in contrast to what you would be paying on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage) is deductible as a home interest expense. The additional cash flow from the reduced payment could be used to pay credit card debt or fund one or more tax favored investments. You could open a Roth IRA, make additional retirement contributions, and/or purchase a tax-favored life insurance plan. In the long run, you could be better off, often by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of course there are risks with this strategy.

Another opportunity to shift savings from the after-tax environment to tax advantaged retirement savings might arise if you are the beneficiary of an inheritance.

Take this Changing Your IRA and Retirement Plan Strategy after a Windfall or an Inheritance mini case study for example:

Joe always had trouble making ends meet. He did, however, know enough to always contribute to his retirement plan th...

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