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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Westminster CO

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).

Mark Fuller
Fuller Wealth Management
(303) 327-1575
12303 Airport Way, Suite 200
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CRPC

Rick Simmons
Simmons & Associates, LLC
(303) 531-4010
1010 Depot Hill Suite 206
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, Other

Matthew Kelley
Gold Medal Waters, Inc.
(720) 887-1299
1624 Market Street
Denver, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

Alexander Feick
Paragon Capital Management, Ltd.
(303) 296-1458
999 18th Street, Suite 1220
Denver, CO
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, MBA

Gary Nearpass
Nearpass Financial Counseling, Inc.
(303) 733-0354
44 Cook St., Suite 100
Denver, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CRPC, MA, MS, PhD

Robert Zimberg
Financial Mountain Inc.
(303) 442-4390
5335 West 48th Avenue, Suite 100
Denver, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Alternative or Private Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CCPS, CFP®

Judith McNary
McNary Financial Planning, LLC
(303) 410-1745
14597 Benton Street
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Entrepreneurs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

David Gardner
Yellowstone Financial Inc.
(303) 449-5552
1616 17th Street, Suite #600
Denver, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
357 South McCaslin Blvd.,Suite 200
Louisville, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

Kimberly Curtis
Wealth Legacy Institute, Inc.
(303) 753-7578
950 South Cherry Street, Suite 505
Denver, CO
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

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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