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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Oskaloosa IA

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. Craig A. Wassenaar, CFP®
(641) 628-1871
701 Main St
Pella, IA
Firm
Wassenaar Financial Group, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000



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Wells Fargo - Pella
(641) 628-1606
712 Washington St
Pella, IA
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

David Strege
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Johnne Syverson
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

Brian McKibban
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Patrick K. Moriarity, CFP®
(641) 628-2191
800 Main St
Pella, IA
Firm
Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp

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US Bank - Pella Office
(641) 628-2121
801 Broadway St
Pella, IA
Drive Up Hours
Mon 07:30 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 07:30 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 07:30 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 07:30 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 07:30 am to 06:00 pm
Sat 07:30 am to 12:00 pm

Eric Mote
Mote Wealth Management, LLC
(319) 393-4020
4300 Northwood Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Wayne Van Heuvelen
Horizon Consulting & Investment Services, Inc.
(515) 252-0796
2400 86th Street, Suite 19
Urbandale, IA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, JD, MA

Laura West
West Financial Advisors, LLC
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Parkway
Nevada, IA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

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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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