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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Bridgeport CT

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).

Panfilo Guglielmi
Advanced Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 255-0504
140 Sherman Street, 4th FL
Fairfield, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Elizabeth Cox
Cox Financial Services, LLC
(203) 221-2799
191 Post Road West
Westport, CT
Expertises
Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, EA

Brian Shea
Shea Financial Advisors
(203) 966-9651
45 Pine Street, Unit 4A
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

Mr. George H. Clough Iii, CFP®
(203) 338-3930
850 Main St Fl 13
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
People's United Bank

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Mr. Peter F. Di Domizio, CFP®
(203) 333-8300
1979 E Main St
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
Corporate Benefit Enterprises

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Russell Wayne
Sound Asset Management, Inc.
(203) 222-9370
5 Glen Lane, East Wing
Weston, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Robin Sherwood
HTG Investment Advisors, Inc.
(203) 972-8262
50 Locust Avenue
New Canaan, CT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

R. Allen Purkiss
Purkiss Capital Advisors, LLC
(203) 431-5862
62 Barry Avenue
Ridgefield, CT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Peter Elliott Wilk, CFP®
2134 North Ave
Bridgeport, CT
Firm
HD Vest Investment Services
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Healthcare Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning

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Mr. Michael J. Chaffee, CFP®
(203) 386-1997
2505 Main St Ste 206
Stratford, CT
Firm
Ameriprise Financial

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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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