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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Brookings SD

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).

Mr. Erich L. Olson, CFP®
(605) 692-6643
307 6th St.
Brookings, SD
Firm
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Areas of Specialization
Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Tracy R. Odegaard, CFP®
(605) 692-1814
419 8th Street South
Brookings, SD
Firm
TRO Investments Inc.

Data Provided by:
Wells Fargo Advisors
(605) 692-5501
309 4th St
Brookings, SD

Data Provided by:
Mr. Duncan D. Mcrae, CFP®
(605) 721-9588
2800 Jackson Blvd.
Rapid City, SD
Firm
Investment Centers of America
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Elder Care, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Mr. Michael Leslie Moore, CFP®
(605) 642-7736
PO Box 699
Spearfish, SD
Firm
Lantis Enterprises Inc

Data Provided by:
Dr. Kathryn J. Morrison, CFP®
(605) 688-5196
Box 2275A
Brookings, SD
Firm
South Dakota State University

Data Provided by:
Wells Fargo - Brookings
(605) 692-6245
527 Main Ave
Brookings, SD
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 07:45 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-01:00 PM
Sun Closed

Richard Kahler
Kahler Financial Group
(605) 343-1400
1010 9th Street, Suite 1
Rapid City, SD
Expertises
Real Estate Investments, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MSFP

Mr. Stephen C. Ciofalo, CFP®
(605) 361-9998
5032 S Bur Oak Pl Ste 200
Sioux Falls, SD
Firm
sciofalo@wradvisors.com
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Erich L. Olson, CFP®
(605) 692-6643
307 6th St.
Brookings, SD
Firm
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Areas of Specialization
Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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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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