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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Deridder LA

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. Christopher D. Lee, CFP®
(337) 537-1980
1389 Entrance Road
Leesville, LA
Firm
First Command Financial Planni
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Small Business Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,000 or less

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



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Mr. John E. Lenahan, CFP®
(337) 392-1445
105 South 5th Street
Leesville, LA
Firm
UDB, LLC

Data Provided by:
Keith Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRC

Robert Reed
Personal Financial Advisors, LLC
(985) 898-0450
P.O. Box 3730
Covington, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Jerry Broussard
Broussard Financial Group, LLC
(337) 643-8319
106 West Veterans Memorial
Kaplan, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Carl Glen Cooley, CFP®
(337) 238-2941
3329 University Pkwy
Leesville, LA
Firm
Northwestern State University

Data Provided by:
Chase Bank
(337) 463-3531
111 W Second St
Deridder, LA
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:9:00-5:00
Tues:9:00-5:00
Wed:9:00-5:00
Thurs:9:00-5:00
Fri:9:00-6:00
Sat:9:00-1:00
Sun:closed

Robert Reed
Personal Financial Advisors, LLC
(985) 898-0450
100 Tyler Square, #6
Covington, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Michael Zabalaoui
Resource Management, Inc.
(504) 833-5378
3300 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 509
Metairie, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

John Hixson
Financial Management Professionals
(337) 433-4334
4841 Ihles Road
Lake Charles, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

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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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