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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Bel Air MD

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).

Kirk Kinder
Picket Fence Financial
(410) 878-2999
421 South Main St
Bel Air, MD
Expertises
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®

J. Patrick Collins
Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc.
(443) 564-4600
501 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 201
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Tom Taylor
Chesapeake Financial Advisors
(410) 823-5442
401 Washington Avenue, Suite 804
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Real Estate Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Timothy Chase
WMS Partners
(410) 337-7575 Ext: 112
305 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Towson, MD
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Drew Tignanelli
Financial Consulate, Inc.
(410) 823-7283
307 International Circle, Suite 250
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Douglas Robinson
Douglas Bradley LLC
(866) 290-8388
522 Inglewood Rd.
Bel Air, MD
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MSFP

Nancy Bryant
Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc.
(443) 564-4600
501 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 201
Towson, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, MBA

Martin Eby
WMS Partners
(410) 337-7575 Ext: 112
305 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thomas Milajecki
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(410) 891-2900
307 International Circle, Suite 410
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

David Campaigne
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(410) 891-2900
307 International Circle, Suite 410
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

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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