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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Portland ME

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).

Thomas Rogers
Portland Financial Planning Group, LLC
(207) 771-8821
477 Congress Street, Suite 814
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Susan Veligor
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Karen Elise Kilbride
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Eric A. Kolben, CFP®
(207) 791-5109
1 City Ctr Stop 7
Portland, ME
Firm
UBS
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. William S. Temm Jr., CFP®
(855) 269-6357
100 Middle St Ste 3
Portland, ME
Firm
Morgan Stanley

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Michael Donahoe
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Jill Boynton
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CDFA, CFP®

Jeffrey Bogue
Bogue Asset Management
207-699-1331 Ext. 6331
415 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Mrs. Sarah J Halpin, CFP®
(207) 776-6244
2 Portland Sq
Portland, ME
Firm
The Danforth Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jason P. Bourgo, CFP®
(207) 228-2706
2 Portland Sq Ste 700
Portland, ME
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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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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