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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure El Dorado AR

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).

Ms. Laney J. Mitcham, CFP®
(870) 862-6641
308 N Jefferson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors

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Alvin Rogers
Financial Legacy Management Inc.
(501) 224-7256
10801 Executive Center Drive, Suite 205
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Cynthia Conger
Cynthia L. Conger, CPA, PA
(501) 374-1174
2300 Andover Court, Suite 560
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Edward Mahaffy
ClientFirst Wealth Management, LLC
(501) 603-0406
1501 N. University, Suite 615
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Mr. Scott Washburn, CFP®
(479) 271-8350
5414 Pinnacle Point Dr Ste 100
Rogers, AR
Firm
Stifel Niclaus
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Service Professionals

Data Provided by:
Kristina Bolhouse
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

L. Stephen McNamara
McNamara Financial Planning, LLC
(870) 897-8147
2510 E. Nettleton Avenue, Suite 9
Jonesboro, AR
Expertises
Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

James Ashby
Mustard Seed Financial, LLC
(870) 234-1618
202 S. Pine, Suite 102
Magnolia, AR
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Mary McCraw
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Carl M. Irico, CFP®
(501) 537-1111
11 Corporate Hill Dr
Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure

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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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