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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Holyoke MA

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).

Richard Chase
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
330 Whitney Avenue, Suite 750
Holyoke, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Richard Chase
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

David Martula
Fee-Only Financial Planning
(413) 586-8002
277 Bay Road
Hadley, MA
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael Potito
Singer Potito Associates, Inc.
(413) 256-1225
116 Harkness Road
Amherst, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AVA, BA

Mr. Jason A. Cutler, CFP®
(860) 930-4255
330 Whitney Ave Ste 600
Holyoke, MA
Firm
Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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



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Douglas Wheat
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
330 Whitney Avenue, Suite 750
Holyoke, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Socially Responsible Investments, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Douglas Wheat
Family Wealth Management, Inc.
(413) 313-0030
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Socially Responsible Investments, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

John Perkins
John Perkins
(413) 303-0422
38 Mulberry Street, Suite 104 PO Box 487
Northhampton (Leeds), MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Socially Responsible Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Howard Singer
Singer Potito Associates, Inc.
(413) 256-1225
116 Harkness Road
Amherst, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MFA

Mr. Christopher B. Shuman, CFP®
(413) 539-2308
330 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA
Firm
MassMutual Charter Oak Insurance & Financial Services

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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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