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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Bessemer AL

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).

Charles Haines
Kinsight, LLC
(205) 871-3334
600 University Park Place, Suite 501
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Eric McClain
Wesban Financial Consultants, P.C.
(205) 995-7778
1800 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Gary Clark
Clark Planning & Investment Advisory
(205) 981-1120
1900 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, CPA/PFS

Stewart Welch
The Welch Group, LLC
(205) 879-5001
3940 Montclair Road, 5th Floor
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Mr. Kurt R Britnell, CFP®
3603 Pine Ln SE Ste C
Bessemer, AL
Firm
Security Financial Advisors

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B. Alan Gaylor
Alder Financial Group
(205) 988-5881
924 Riverchase Pkwy West
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Bryan Hancock
Timberchase Financial, LLC
(205) 980-7118
1211 Edenton Street
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Donna Gordon
Wesban Financial Consultants, P.C.
(205) 995-7778
1800 Providence Park, Suite 200
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, RFP

Mr. Scott D. Cole, CFP®
(205) 477-5118
6239 Letson Farms Dr
Bessemer, AL
Firm
Cole Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. Benjamin L. Crawford Iv, CFP®
(205) 601-2620
3745 James Hill Terrace
Birmingham, AL
Firm
Principal Financial Group, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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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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