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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Cabot AR

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. W. Ed Rownd, CFP®
(501) 834-0804
5002 Madison Ave
Jacksonville, AR
Firm
Rownd Asset Management

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Mr. Russell K. Kelso, CFP®
(501) 975-2639
10 Parkstone Circle
N. Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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US Bank - Jacksonville AR Office
(501) 985-1020
1804 N 1st St
Jacksonville, AR
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bank of America - Rose City
(501) 945-2314
4103 E. Broadway
North Little Rock, AR
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 9-6
Tuesday 9-6
Wednesday 9-6
Thursday 9-6
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

US Bank - Rose City Office
(501) 945-4531
4311 E Broadway St
North Little Rock, AR
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mr. G. Stephen White, CFP®
(501) 975-2639
10 Parkstone Circle
North Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial

Data Provided by:
Bank of America - Gregory
(501) 982-3122
101 Gregory Place
Jacksonville, AR
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 8-6
Tuesday 8-6
Wednesday 8-6
Thursday 8-6
Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

US Bank - Kiehl Office
(501) 834-5036
4199 E Kiehl Ave
Sherwood, AR
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bank of America - McCain
(501) 753-2970
2421 McCain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 8-6
Tuesday 8-6
Wednesday 8-6
Thursday 8-6
Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

US Bank - McCain Boulevard Office
(501) 758-6640
3703 McCain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

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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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