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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Safford AZ

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).

Chase Bank
(928) 348-1234
321 W Main St
Safford, AZ
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:9:00-6:00
Tues:9:00-6:00
Wed:9:00-6:00
Thurs:9:00-6:00
Fri:9:00-6:00
Sat:9:00-1:00
Sun:closed

Randy Oldenburg
Camden Financial Management, Inc.
(480) 998-7786
7337 E DOUBLETREE RANCH RD SUITE 282
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, CFP®

Rebecca Chacko
Chacko-Hertz Financial Solutions
(520) 743-3873
5540 W. Placita Llanura
Tucson, AZ
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Special Needs Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, CFP®, MBA, MS

Lawrence Friedrichs
Friedrichs Financial Alliance, LLC
(480) 962-4356
PO Box 21825
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Frank Presson
Presson Financial Associates, LLC
(520) 733-0065
7470 East Knollwood Drive
Tucson, AZ
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Divorce Planning, College/Education Planning, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Bank of America - Safford
(928) 428-1450
301 W Main St
Safford, AZ
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-1
Sunday Closed

John Bagley
Strategic Wealth Advisors, LLC
(480) 998-1798
8426 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Michael Searcy
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(480) 820-2660
60 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1012
Tempe, AZ
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU

Vincent Rossi
Intelligent Capitalworks
(480) 951-2900
Promenade Corporate Center
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MSFS

Dana Anspach
Sensible Money, LLC
(888) MY-RETIRE
8550 E Shea Blvd Suite130
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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