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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Anchorage AK

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).

Mr. Michael R. Hanrahan, CFP®
(907) 276-0457
PO Box 92843
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Hanrahan & Associates, LLC.
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Business Succession Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning

Data Provided by:
Luke Merriner, CFP®
(907) 257-0216
3900 C St Ste 502
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management

Data Provided by:
Erin Hall Meade, CFP®
(907) 564-6603
3601 C Street, Penthouse
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Merrill Lynch

Data Provided by:
Mr. Ryan R. Callaway, CFP®
(907) 276-1911
1400 W. Bensen Blvd.
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Margaret R. Price, CFP®
(907) 257-0216
3900 C Street
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Insurance Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Charles M. Adams Jr., CFP®
(907) 261-5944
3000 A Street
Anchorage, AK
Firm
UBS Financial Services

Data Provided by:
Ms. Helen M. Sedlacek, CFP®
(907) 278-8878
3601 C Street
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Mikunda Cottrell & Co CPAs

Data Provided by:
Mr. William B. Stokes, CFP®
(907) 646-0900
7750 King St
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Stokes Financial Services,LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Insurance Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jason J Longlet, CFP®
(907) 263-5716
2550 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Areas of Specialization
Education Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. Levi Burdette Robinson, CFP®
(907) 261-5957
3000 A St Ste 100
Anchorage, AK
Firm
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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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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