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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Rock Springs WY

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).

Wells Fargo - Rock Springs
(307) 352-5506
1400 Dewar Dr
Rock Springs, WY
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-05:30 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-01:00 PM
Sun Closed

US Bank - Green River Office
(307) 875-5980
285 Uinta Dr
Green River, WY
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 05:00 pm

Connie Brezik
Asset Strategies, Inc.
(307) 266-4525
111 West 2nd Street, Suite 608
Casper, WY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Ms. Karen R. Ferguson, CFP®
(307) 674-6288
2 N Main St
Sheridan, WY
Firm
DA Davidson & Co
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Karen R Miller, CFP®
(307) 673-2951
46 West Brundage Street
Sheridan, WY
Firm
First Federal Savings Bank
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Wells Fargo - Green River
(307) 872-4080
125 W Flaming Gorge Way
Green River, WY
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Wed 08:00 AM-05:30 PM
Thu 08:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:00 AM-05:30 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-01:00 PM
Sun Closed

Holland Duell
Holland Duell Financial Strategies
(307) 672-6364
50 E. Loucks St,. Suite 210
Sheridan, WY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Divorce Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Richard D. Bloom, CFP®
(307) 690-5273
PO Box 6464
Jackson, WY
Firm
Teton Wealth Management, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Wealth Management

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Brenda J Janikowski, CFP®
(307) 266-4525
111 W 2nd Street Suite 608
Casper, WY
Firm
Asset Strategies, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management

Data Provided by:
Mr. John M. Bailey, CFP®
(307) 638-0136
PO Box 2167
Cheyenne, WY
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services,
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

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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