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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Idaho Falls ID

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).

Joseph Call
Spinnaker Financial Advisors, LLC
(208) 542-0742
2962 Cortez Avenue
Idaho Falls, ID
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Olin Keith Barkdull, CFP®
(208) 980-7262
PO Box 3302
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Barkdull Financial Group

Data Provided by:
Mr. Douglas L. Murphy, CFP®
(208) 528-6700
1522 Elk Creek Dr
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



Data Provided by:
Mr. Patrick A. Trimp, CFP®
(208) 542-0161
1195 South Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Wells Fargo
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Vicki Motloch, CFP®
(208) 529-3993
1075 S Utah Ave Ste 100
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Waddell & Reed
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Government Employees

Data Provided by:
Mr. Glen C. Wright, CFP®
(208) 523-9900
3363 Merlin Dr
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Randall S. Linde & Associates
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Brian D. Daniels, CFP®
(208) 524-1417
2539 Channing Way Ste 260
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Thriivent Financial for Lutherans
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

Data Provided by:
Mr. Joseph R. Call, CFP®
(208) 542-0742
2962 Cortez Ave
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Spinnaker Financial Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. Daniel Mcpherson, CFP®
(208) 528-7922
1488 Midway Ave
Ammon, ID
Firm
Strategic Wealth Concepts

Data Provided by:
Mr. David L. Eckman, CFP®
(208) 533-6115
900 Pier View Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Data Provided by:
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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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