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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Grand Forks ND

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. Thomas M. Schuster, CFP®
(701) 454-3317
3265 Desert Star Ln
Grand Forks, ND

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Mr. Ryland E. Syverson, CFP®
(701) 775-8666
3001 32nd Ave S # A
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Great Plains Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Insurance Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Carter J. Johnsen, CFP®
(701) 746-1365
2617 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Stifel Nicolaus
Areas of Specialization
Investment Planning

Data Provided by:
Mr. Derrick P. Johnson, CFP®
(701) 746-8310
322 Demers Ave
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Johnson Wealth Management, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning

Data Provided by:
Mr. Vincent P. Brekken, CFP®
(701) 795-7471
PO Box 14296
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Brady Martz & Associates

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Ms. Debbie Rae Albert, CFP®
(701) 746-5429
3425 S Washington St.
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. John A Halstenson, CFP®
(701) 746-8319
2300 Library Circle
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Roger M. Hodnefield, CFP®
(701) 746-5429
3425 S Washington St
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Matthew R. Wilson, CFP®
(701) 757-4777
406 Demers Ave
Grand Forks, ND
Firm
Wilson Wealth Management, INC.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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US Bank - Grand Forks - Downtown Drive-Up
(701) 795-6295
600 DeMers Ave
Grand Forks, ND
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

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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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