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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Bozeman MT

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).

Robert Frey
Professional Financial Management, Inc.
(406) 587-1604
945 Technology Blvd., Suite 102
Bozeman, MT
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU

Mr. Earl W. Hanson, CFP®
(406) 581-7470
PO Box 3505
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Earl W. Hanson

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Berkley Evans Hudson, CFP®
(406) 587-5166
1711 W College St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
McKenna Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Life Planning, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning, Women's Finances

Data Provided by:
Dr. Stephen R. Hample, CFP®
(406) 587-4300
300 N Willson Ave
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Financial Planning Associates, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Wendy J. Lessley, CFP®
(406) 522-4759
1276 N 15th Ave Ste 202
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
John Shellenberger
P.O Box 4758
Bozeman, MT
Company
Company: Estate Conservation Associates
Education
Franklin & Marshall College A.B.
Stanford University M.A.
Years Experience
Years Experience: 34
Service
Supplemental Medicare Insurance,College Planning,401k Rollover From Employer,Income for Life/ Preserve Principal,Medicare Planning,Annuities,Alternative Asset Class Planning,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning,Long-term Care Insurance,1031 Exchanges,Wealth Engineering,Stock Market Alternative,Wealth Management,Life Insurance,Inves

Data Provided by:
Mr. Edward M. Tompkins, CFP®
(406) 586-9120
612 N Montana Ave
Bozeman, MT
Firm
KMS Financial Services Inc
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
David G. Cole, CFP®
(406) 582-1082
777 E Main St Ste 202
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Raymond James
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning, Risk Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. John B. Dubose Iv, CFP®
(406) 582-5104
211 W Main St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. Brian A. Brown, CFP®
(406) 587-5461
529 E Main St
Bozeman, MT
Firm
DA Davidson & Co

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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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