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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Kearney NE

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. Jeremy Armagost, CFP®
(308) 698-1122
109 E 52nd St Ste 1
Kearney, NE
Firm
Armagost Financial Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Education Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning

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Mr. James R. Armagost, CFP®
(308) 698-1122
109 E 52nd St Ste 1
Kearney, NE
Firm
Armagost Financial Group LLC

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Wells Fargo - 48Th Street
(308) 233-5619
4803 2Nd Ave
Kearney, NE
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM-02:00 PM
Sun Closed

US Bank - Kearney NE - Main Office
(308) 237-3606
204 W 31st St
Kearney, NE
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Jason Hiley
Karstens Investment Counsel, Inc.
(402) 492-2727
10250 Regency Circle, Suite 100
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Ronald L Eckloff, CFP®
(308) 237-9167
5205 2nd Ave
Kearney, NE
Firm
Securities America
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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US Bank - Kearney - Downtown Office
(308) 237-2965
2203 1st Ave
Kearney, NE
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 05:30 pm

Wells Fargo - Kearney Main
(308) 234-1818
21 W 21St St
Kearney, NE
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM-02:00 PM
Sun Closed

Keith Smith
K.P. Smith Asset Management
(402) 392-0509
9910 N. 48th Street Suite 112
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

Michael Karstens
Karstens Investment Counsel, Inc.
(402) 492-2727
10250 Regency Circle, Suite 100
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIFA, BS, 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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