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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Emporia 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. Steven L. Owens, CFP®
(620) 343-2142
702 Commercial St
Emporia, KS
Firm
Owens Financial Services

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Ms. Dorine Dilak Harter, CFP®
(316) 342-4433
PO Box 1044
Emporia, KS
Firm
New York Life Insurance

Data Provided by:
Mid America Wealth Management, LLC
(620) 343-1443
2923 West Highway 50
Emporia, KS
 
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®

G. Douglas Dunham
Dunham & Associates Financial Planning LLC
(913) 338-3435
5208 West 148 Street
Leawood, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, CFP®, CMFC, MBA

Mr. Tracy L. Edwards, CFP®
(800) 636-8016
825 Commercial St
Emporia, KS
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning

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Bank of America - Emporia Main
(620) 343-4444
527 Commercial
Emporia, KS
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor 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 7:30-5:30
Tuesday 8-5:30
Wednesday 8-5:30
Thursday 8-5:30
Friday 8-5:30
Saturday 8:30-12
Sunday Closed

Mid America Wealth Management, LLC
(620) 343-1443
2923 West Highway 50
Emporia, KS
 
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®

Rosemary Danielson
Balanced Financial Planning, Inc.
(913) 677-1090
6701 West 64th Street, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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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