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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Broken Arrow OK

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).

Kevin Jacobs
Step By Step Tax and Financial Planning, LLC
(918) 806-6596
2031 West Houston Street
Broken Arrow, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jana Shoulders
Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC
(918) 665-2446
4200 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 950
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, AIF, CPA

Adam Leavitt
Disciplined Investments, LLC
(918) 388-2690
2200 South Utica Place, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Gregory A Braun, CFP®
(918) 798-6636
8320 South 4th Street
Broken Arrow, OK
Firm
Braun Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Stephen P. Regouby, CFP®
(918) 627-2500
6140 S 104th East Ave
Tulsa, OK
Firm
Union Financial Advisors Inc
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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



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Trey Cooper
Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC
(918) 665-2446
4200 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 950
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

J. Harvie Roe
AmeriTrust Investment Advisors, Inc.
(918) 610-8080
4111 South Darlington, Suite 450
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, MBA

Roy D. Ames, CFP®
(918) 671-9217
804 S Sweet Gum Ave
Broken Arrow, OK
Firm
The Mutual Fund Store
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

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Mr. William W. Kobsej, CFP®
(918) 284-9420
8912 S 70th East Ave
Tulsa, OK
Firm
H BECK INC

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Mr. Steven A. Henderson, CFP®
(918) 665-0001
6140 S 104th East Ave
Tulsa, OK
Firm
Union Financial Advisors, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure

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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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