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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Radcliff KY

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. Glenn W Ross Jr., CFP®
(270) 737-6194
300 Chestnut Street
Elizabethtown, KY
Firm
Investments His Way, Inc.

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Chase Bank
(270) 219-0267
500 W Lincoln Trl Blvd
Radcliff, KY
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:8:30-5:00
Tues:8:30-5:00
Wed:8:30-5:00
Thurs:8:30-5:00
Fri:8:30-6:00
Sat:9:00-2:00
Sun:closed

Fifth Third Bank
(502) 935-0900
Valley Station Bank Mart, 10645 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY
Office Hours
M-F 10-8; SA 9-5; SU 11-4

Stuart Coats
Coats Financial Planning
(502) 426-0300
804 Stone Creek Parkway, Suite 7
Louisville, KY
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, MBA

W. Michael Cooper
Cooper Management Service, Inc.
(859) 259-0063
106 W. Vine Street. Ste 700
Lexington, KY
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CFS

Brent E Ditto, CFP®
(270) 765-6126
2403 Ring Rd
Elizabethtown, KY
Firm
Hilliard Lyons
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Estate Planning

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Chase Bank
(270) 737-6656
1009 N Mulberry St
Elizabethtown, KY
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:8:30-5:00
Tues:8:30-5:00
Wed:8:30-5:00
Thurs:8:30-5:00
Fri:8:30-6:00
Sat:9:00-2:00
Sun:closed

Jerome Zimmerer
D. Scott Neal, Inc.
(502) 459-7199
950 Breckenridge Lane, Suite 115
Louisville, KY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Scott Neal
D. Scott Neal, Inc.
(859) 254-3036
1999 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, M.Div., MBA

Lisa Archer
Archer Financial Planning, LLC
(502) 403-1085
8401 Shelbyville Road, Suite 108
Louisville, KY
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

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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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