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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure New Castle DE

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).

Joan Sharp
Life Strategies, LLC
(302) 324-5363
42 Read's Way, New Castle Corp. Commons
New Castle, DE
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Special Needs Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Vincent Schiavi
Schiavi + Dattani
(302) 994-4444
2710 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Paul Baumbach
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 737-4546
750 Barksdale Road, Suite 3
Newark, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MS

Donald Nicholson
Donald W Nicholson & Associates, Ltd.
(302) 529-1500
1403 Silverside Road, Suite B
Wilmington, DE
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Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®

Kathleen Plummer
Plummer & Associates
(610) 565-8074
48 Rose Valley Road
Rose Valley, PA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Kristofor Behn
Fieldstone Financial Management Group, LLC
(800) 888-5164
The Brandywine Building
Wilmington, DE
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Burwell Hutchinson
Fischer & Hutchinson Wealth Advisors, LLC
(302) 442-4233
5560 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Real Estate Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

William Starnes
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 239-1654
1041 Valley Road
Hockessin, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, MST

Thomas Smedile
Swarthmore Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(610) 892-9922
10 Veterans Square, Second Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MST

Alan Schapire
Libra Financial Planning
(610) 891-0762
280 N. Providence Road, Suite 100
Media, PA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

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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