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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Rochester NH

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).

Faye Doria
Financial Guidance Associates, Inc
(603) 742-8102
86 Locust St
Dover, NH
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA

William Simpson
Azimuth Financial Planning, LLC
(603) 373-8793
One New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 125
Portsmouth, NH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Glenn M. Lepene, CFP®
(603) 335-0206
PO Box 1498
Rochester, NH
Firm
GML Financial Advisory Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000



Data Provided by:
Ms. Valerie J. Morgan, CFP®
(603) 743-4849
42E Dover Point Road
Dover, NH
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Retirement Planning

Data Provided by:
Mr. Alan Felenchak, CFP®
(603) 505-1576
827 Central Ave Ste 5
Dover, NH
Firm
Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Insurance Planning, Retirement Planning

Data Provided by:
Jill Boynton
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(603) 431-1133
70 Old Post Road
Newington, NH
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®

Mr. Richard K Hackett Ii, CFP®
(603) 332-6518
73 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH
Firm
Creteau, Hackett, Lachapelle & Associates, LLC.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Bonnie L. Staniewicz, CFP®
(603) 905-9701
12 Perkins Cir
Barrington, NH
Firm
Waddell & Reed

Data Provided by:
Ms. Faye Kathryn Doria, CFP®
(603) 742-8102
86 Locust St
Dover, NH
Firm
Financial Guidance Associates, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, LGBT Individuals and Couples, Life Transitions, Men's Finances, Planning for Couples, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Ms. Lisa L. Dale, CFP®
(877) 656-5022
10 Jenkins Rd
Madbury, NH
Firm
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Insurance Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management, Life 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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