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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Champlin MN

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).

Jon Govin
Summit Wealth Advocates, LLC
(763) 712-5879
227 East River Parkway
Champlin, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Roger Kruse
FFP Wealth Management
(763) 231-2760
11375 Robinson Drive Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
6046 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Robert Smrekar
Wade Financial Group Inc.
(763) 797-9577
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Gregory Zandlo
North East Asset Management
(763) 785-9541
11465 Robinson Drive NW, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Tiffany Brynteson
FFP Wealth Management
(763) 231-2760
11375 Robinson Drive Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CRPC

Michael Helffrich
PFP Advisors, Inc.
(612) 789-9671
1933 Arthur Street, NE
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, M.Div., MBA

Robert Klosterman
White Oaks Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(612) 455-6900
80 South 8th Street, Suite 1725
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
Saint Louis Park, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

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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