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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Gretna LA

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).

Keith Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRC

Shelley Ferro
Ferro Financial LLC
(504) 831-1813
2121 N. Causeway Blvd Suite 160
Metarie, LA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Mr. Gregory J. Hildebrand, CFP®
(504) 367-6174
405 Gretna Blvd
Gretna, LA
Firm
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.

Data Provided by:
Mr. Benjamin H. Maynard, CFP®
(504) 299-3428
650 Poydras St Ste 1426
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Maynard Investment Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Government and Military, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Ms. Jennifer B. Gerarve, CFP®
(504) 586-7742
601 Poydras St Ste 2500
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Retirement Planning

Data Provided by:
Linda Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CEA, CFP®, CRC, RFC

Michael Zabalaoui
Resource Management, Inc.
(504) 833-5378
3300 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 509
Metairie, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

Mr. Joseph P. Stephens, CFP®
(504) 362-5570
3528 Holiday Dr Ste A
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Stephens Financial Services LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Tax Preparation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Margaret Blair Hodgson, CFP®
(504) 252-2380
643 Magazine St Ste 402
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Ignite Investments and Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. Charles R. Lodriguss, CFP®
(504) 391-9904
1901 Westbank Expy
Harvey, LA
Firm
Thrivent Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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



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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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