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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Pontiac 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).

Evelyn MacIntyre
Capelli Financial Services, Inc.
(248) 594-9282
40950 Woodward Avenue, Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Jason Moore
Moore Financial Strategies, LLC
(248) 731-7060
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway, Suite 233
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Christine Isham
Northern Financial Advisors, Inc.
(248) 985-1632
26111 West 14 Mile Road, Suite 100
Franklin, MI
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Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA

Warren McIntyre
VisionQuest Financial Planning LLC
(248) 619-3978
200 E. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI
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Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

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Creative Financial Design
Toll Free (877) 566-9301
2000 Town Center, Suite 1900
Southfield, MI
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Capelli Financial Services, Inc.
(248) 594-9282
40950 Woodward Avenue, Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MA

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Core Financial Planning, LLC
(248) 758-2304
7 West Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRPC

Bert Whitehead
Cambridge Connection Inc.
(248) 737-7090
26111 W 14 Mile Rd Ste LL6
Franklin, MI
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Advising Entrepreneurs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Middle Income Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Real Estate Investments, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, JD, MBA

Karen Norman
Norman Financial Planning, Inc.
(248) 408-1990
802 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Sam Fawaz
Y.D. Financial Services, Inc.
(734) 447-5305
3000 Town Center Drive, Suite 2235
Southfield, MI
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Tax Planning, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, MST

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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