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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Kennesaw GA

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).

Thomas Tillery
Paraklete Financial, Inc.
(678) 290-3930
1230 Valley Reserve Dr. NW
Kennesaw, GA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CRPC, MSFS, EdM

Kenneth Frenke
Kenneth Frenke & Co.
(770) 509-4835
2265 Roswell Road, Suite 100
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Issues Between Generations, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

David Hultstrom
Financial Architects, LLC
(770) 517-8160
107 Weatherstone Drive, Suite 510
Woodstock, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

B. Alan Gaylor
Alder Financial Group
(770) 563-8240
300 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1650
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Norris Edmonson
Beacon Financial Advisers, Inc.
(678) 750-1700
3330 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 500
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CPA/PFS

Teryl Tornroos
Evergreen Financial Planning, LLC
(678) 763-1372
123 Church Street NE, Suite 250 Denmead Building
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Thomas Cloud
Eleven Two Fund Management, Inc.
(770) 971-2888
3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 260-27
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®, ChFc, CSA

Kevin Woods
Gratus Capital Management
(404) 961-6000
1300 Parkwood Circle, Suite 170
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jon Houk
JPH Advisory Group, Inc.
(770) 859-0076
600 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Robert Atkinson Jr.
PFM Capital Management, LLC
(404) 705-4593
750 Hammond Drive, Building One
Sandy Springs, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

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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