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Retirement Planning Services Acworth GA

It’s never too early to start your retirement planning. The sooner you start the more money you collect. It’s important to look for quality jobs that have benefits packages you can take full advantage of. A 401(k) is a retirement plan set up by employers that allows employees to defer or invest a portion of their income, pre-tax, to their retirement plan. Here you’ll find useful retirement tips that will definitely help you with your retirement planning. Please scroll down for more information and access to the retirement financial advisors in Acworth, GA listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

Thomas Tillery
Paraklete Financial, Inc.
(678) 290-3930
1230 Valley Reserve Dr. NW
Kennesaw, GA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CRPC, MSFS, EdM

Thomas Cloud
Eleven Two Fund Management, Inc.
(770) 971-2888
3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 260-27
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®, ChFc, CSA

David Hultstrom
Financial Architects, LLC
(770) 517-8160
107 Weatherstone Drive, Suite 510
Woodstock, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

B. Alan Gaylor
Alder Financial Group
(770) 563-8240
300 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1650
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Jon Houk
JPH Advisory Group, Inc.
(770) 859-0076
600 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Teryl Tornroos
Evergreen Financial Planning, LLC
(678) 763-1372
123 Church Street NE, Suite 250 Denmead Building
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Kenneth Frenke
Kenneth Frenke & Co.
(770) 509-4835
2265 Roswell Road, Suite 100
Marietta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Issues Between Generations, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

Kevin Woods
Gratus Capital Management
(404) 961-6000
1300 Parkwood Circle, Suite 170
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Norris Edmonson
Beacon Financial Advisers, Inc.
(678) 750-1700
3330 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 500
Atlanta, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CPA/PFS

Sammy Grant
SG Financial Advisors, LLC
(404) 459-0025
333 Sandy Springs Circle Ste 121
Sandy Springs, GA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU, CPA, JD

Investing in 401(k)s and IRAs

By Christopher Stella

So it’s the first day of work and HR asks whether or not you want to open up a 401(k) retirement account. “Heaven’s to Betsy” you say in your most petulant grandfatherly voice: why the hell do I need a retirement account? Ahh…so you say that now. But what happens when you’re 50 years old and realize that had you contributed a measly $100 a month to an account earning a reasonably conservative 6% interest rate, you could have been sitting on a cool $120,000. Not exactly a chunk of change to shake a cane at. But there’s more. Firstly, each of those piddly $100 contributions is tax free, meaning that had you not deposited them into the account, you would have only received about $60 to spend. Secondly, your employer (depending on their level of altruism) will frequently match those contributions up to a certain amount (usually between $1,000 and $2,000 a year). So now you’re talking close to a quarter of a million dollars, half of which was free!!!! Alright, so there’s a little more to it than that, but that’s the basic gist.

Statistics show that you need about 75% of your pre-retirement income to maintain a similar standard of living. So if you're making $150,000 a year, retire at 60, and stick around until you're 90, you'll need to save over $3,000,000. Here's are two easy ways you can make you can make that happen.

What’s a 401(k)?

A 401(k) is a retirement plan set up by employers that allows employees to defer (or invest) a portion of their income, pre-tax, to their plan. For example, if you make $45,000 a year, and contribute $2,000 to our 401(k), then you will only be taxed on $43,000 of your salary at the end of the year. Taxes on $2,000 are paid later when you take out the money during retirement. So why bother contributing?

A 401(k) is like a savings account on steroids. Because your deferral is pre-tax, it means you have more money to contribute, and a larger account grows faster. Further, employers often “match” or contribute a percentage of your deferral as well.

But don’t think that this is just some cash give-away-free-for-all. There are rules. First, the money can’t be withdrawn before the age of 59.5, unless there is an extenuating circumstance, such as serious financial hardship or disability. Otherwise, early withdrawals are subject to a 10% penalty, paid to the IRS. However, if you need to withdraw the money, as a result of the tax deferment on interest, the penalty isn’t significant. If your employer is also matching your funds, then the penalty is negligible.

The maximum current amount that can be invested each year is $15,000, as stated by the IRS. However, that number changes pretty regularly so check with your employer to figure out what the exact numbers are. But what if you leave your job? Well, it doesn’t really matter. You get to keep everything you’ve put in your account plus whatever portion of the money your employer has matched. And there are no penalt...

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