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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Kihei HI

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).

F. Dennis De Stefano
De Stefano Wealth Management
(808) 879-0454
P.O. Box 1141
Kihei, Maui, HI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, CRC

Mr. Michael B. Sherrill, CFP®
(808) 856-2541
3950 Kalai Waa St Apt U202
Kihei, HI
Firm
Bank of Hawaii

Data Provided by:
Mr. James R. Frazier, CFP®
(808) 876-1786
PO Box 901311
Kula, HI
Firm
Natural Investments, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning, Socially Responsible Investments
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Judy A. Mccorkle, CFP®
(808) 250-3624
745 Alae Rd
Kula, HI
Firm
Self
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Estate Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000



Data Provided by:
Mr. J. Michael Vaughn, CFP®
(808) 667-6848
845 Wainee St
Lahaina, HI
Firm
Edward D Jones & Company
Areas of Specialization
Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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



Data Provided by:
Paul Sutherland
Financial & Investment Management Group
(808) 871-1006
444 Hana Hwy. Suite D
Kahului, HI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®, CRPC, MBA

Mr. F. Dennis De Stefano, CFP®
(808) 879-0454
44 Kanani Rd Apt 2-205
Kihei, HI
Firm
De Stefano Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Beverly H. Kurokawa, CFP®
(808) 878-6330
15 Kai Nana Place
Kula, HI

Data Provided by:
Mr. James Makoto Moriyasu, CFP®
(808) 871-2249
33 Lono Ave Ste 330
Kahului, HI
Firm
Morgan Stanley
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

Data Provided by:
Ms. Janis D. Casco, CFP®
(808) 667-5599
50 Puu Anoano St. #707
Lahaina, HI
Firm
CASCO WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000



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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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