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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Pinckney MI

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).

Savvas Giannakopoulos
Arbor Financial
(734) 761-6626
5340 Plymouth Road, Suite 102
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, MBA

Robert Oliver
Oliver Financial Planning, LLC
(734) 926-0022
1207 Packard Street, Suite S-1
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Todd Kephart
Retirement Income Solutions, Inc.
(734) 769-7727
455 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Thomas A. Lampert, CFP®
(810) 229-5212
2140 Grand River Anx
Brighton, MI
Firm
Archer Huntley Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Investment Planning, Life Transitions, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Service Professionals

Data Provided by:
Mr. Michael M. Balagna, CFP®
(810) 225-2088
230 N 2nd St
Brighton, MI
Firm
LPL Financial Inc.

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Frank Moore
Vintage Financial Services, LLC
(734) 668-4040
101 N. Main Street, Suite 800
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Ronald Shaw
Shaw Financial Strategies, LLC
(734) 769-3927
3135 S. State Street, Suite 203
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Ms. Patricia M. Dillaman, CFP®
(810) 220-4900
10559 Citation Dr Ste 207
Brighton, MI
Firm
Sovran & Dillaman LLC

Data Provided by:
Mr. Michael A. Demeyere, CFP®
(810) 623-4390
6950 Kelsey Ct
Brighton, MI
Firm
Summit Wealth Strategies Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Albert P. Herzog Iii, CFP®
(810) 229-6446
135 W North St
Brighton, MI
Firm
Executive Financial Planning

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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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