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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Dodge City KS

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. Lloyd H. Davis Iii, CFP®
(620) 225-0651
P.O. Box 1471
Dodge City, KS
Firm
Edward Jones Investments

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Mr. Daniel F. Harris, CFP®
(620) 227-8586
PO Box 1120
Dodge City, KS
Firm
Fidelity State Bank & Trust Co
Areas of Specialization
Banking

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Bank of America - Dodge City North
(620) 227-5570
2307 N. Central
Dodge City, KS
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Indoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Braille, Accepts Deposits
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-4
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 7:30-5
Tuesday 7:30-5
Wednesday 7:30-5
Thursday 7:30-5
Friday 7:30-6
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Kathleen Stepp
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Samuel Scott
Sunrise Advisors
(913) 681-0215
13401 Mission Road, Suite 201
Leawood, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Jerad R. Busch, CFP®
(800) 964-7262
2408 1st Ave
Dodge City, KS
Firm
Sunflower Bank NA
Areas of Specialization
Banking, General Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management

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Bank of America - Dodge City
(620) 227-8500
619 N 2nd Ave
Dodge City, KS
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Multi-Check Deposit
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-4
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Lynn Garrison
Legacy Wealth Partners, LLC
(913) 338-4530
11011 King Street
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Randy Clayton
Clayton Financial Services, Inc.
(785) 232-3266
716 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU

Howard Rothwell
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

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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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