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Retirement Planning Services Breaux Bridge LA

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 Breaux Bridge, LA listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

Robert Morella
Apex Capital Management
(337) 984-7010
701 Robley Dr., Ste. 200
Lafayette, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Mr. Stephen R. Moore Jr., CFP®
(337) 232-4141
PO Box 51901
Lafayette, LA
Firm
KCSC Financial Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues

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Mr. David J. Romagosa Sr., CFP®
(337) 233-6066
213 N College Rd
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Cornerstone Financial Group In

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Mr. Michael T Domingue, CFP®
(337) 233-3259
300 Rue Beauregard Ste J
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Sterling Financial Partners, LLC & Mass Mutual Financial Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Ms. Lisa L. Heath, CFP®
(337) 265-2500
935 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Financial Partners of Louisana
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Gerard Patin, CFP®
(337) 254-3094
102 Versailles Blvd Ste 808
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Met Life
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

Data Provided By:
Mr. Michael E. Pharr, CFP®
(337) 232-1141
PO Box 53007
Lafayette, LA
Firm
Summit Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning

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Mr. John N. Gherardi, CFP®
(337) 266-6015
1021 E Saint Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA
Firm
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

Data Provided By:
Mr. Linwood J. Broussard, CFP®
(337) 261-9837
400 E Kaliste Saloom Rd Ste 5100
Lafayette, LA
Firm
New York Life Insurance
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Elder Care, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Intergenerational Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided By:
Ken M Hanes, CFP®
(337) 232-6170
202 Rue Iberville Suite 450
Lafayette, LA
Firm
CHF Wealth Management, LLC

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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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