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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Dracut MA

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).

Robert Ryan
Resolute Financial, LLC
(978) 463-8771
21 Alpine Lane #2
Chelmsford, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFP®, ChFc, JD, MSFP

George Paquin
Resolute Financial, LLC
(978) 463-8771
21 Alpine Lane #2
Chelmsford, MA
Expertises
Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

Stephen Ahern
Sullivan Bille/Wealth Management Advisors
(978) 970-2900 X 260
600 Clark Road
Tewksbury, MA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Advising Entrepreneurs, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, CPA/PFS, MS, MST

Robert Bartley
Bartley Financial Advisors
(877) 474-8811
68 Park Street
Andover, MA
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Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

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Milestone Financial Planning, Inc.
(978) 649-8875
733 Main Street
Dunstable, MA
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

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Resolute Financial, LLC
(978) 463-8771
21 Alpine Lane #2
Chelmsford, MA
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Demers Financial Planning LLC
(978) 494-4337
75 Merrimack Road
Methuen, MA
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Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Mosaic Financial Advisors, LLC
(978) 692-4475
6 Crusade Road
Westford, MA
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Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA, MSFP, MST

Paul Pignone
Boston Retirement Advisors, LLC
(603) 896-6400
85 Stiles Road, Suite 202
Salem, NH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CSA

Peter Canniff
Advanced Portfolio Design, LLC
(603) 889-4300
266 Main Street
Nashua, NH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, 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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