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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Eagle ID

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).

Debbra Dillon
Dillon Financial Planning
(208) 336-7503
1159 E Iron Eagle Drive, Ste. 170-C
Eagle, ID
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Ling
Berkeley Inc.
(208) 853-6980
3778 Plantation River Drive, Suite 102
Boise, ID
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Eric Rabbanian
Rabbanian Financial Planning, Inc.
(208) 495-3249
1818 E Spring Meadow Lane
Boise, ID
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Socially Responsible Investments, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD, MBA

Mr. Jason R. Haas, CFP®
(208) 938-2199
439 E Shore Dr
Eagle, ID
Firm
Eagle River Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Risk Management, Wealth Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Kirk A. Walton, CFP®
(208) 573-2537
971 E Winding Creek Dr Ste 101
Eagle, ID
Firm
Gryphon Private Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning

Data Provided by:
Katherine Stearns
Arc Advisers, LLC
(208) 350-6557
P.O. Box 488
Boise, ID
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Middle Income Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Carey McNeal
Buffington Mohr McNeal
(208) 338-5551
802 West Bannock Street, Suite 100
Boise, ID
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor

Mr. Shawn G. Webb, CFP®
(208) 938-4197
450 W State St Ste 215
Eagle, ID
Firm
Pacific Crest Wealth Managemen

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Debbra A Dillon, CFP®
(208) 336-7503
1159 East Iron Eagle Drive
Eagle, ID
Firm
Dillon Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. J. R. Smith, CFP®
(208) 286-0885
10368 W Altair Dr
Star, ID
Firm
Provision Financial Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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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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