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Retirement Planning Services Chaska MN

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 Chaska, MN listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

Colleen Weber
Colleen Weber CPA, LLC
(952) 470-0750
470 W. 78th St. Suite 104
Chanhassen, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

Richard Epple
Epple Financial Advisors, LLC
(952) 470-5049
1000 Twelve Oaks Center Dr., Suite 101
Wayzata, MN
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Nate Wenner
Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors, LLC
(952) 548-3404
7601 France Avenue South, Suite 400
Edina, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CIMA, CPA/PFS

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 800
Edina, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Kimberly Schwichtenberg
Silveroak Wealth Management, LLC
(652) 896-5700
7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 250
Edina, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Timothy Brown
Brown Wealth Management, LLC
(952) 303-6715
12100 Singletree Lane
Eden Prairie, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Kathleen Longo
Accredited Investors, Inc.
(952) 841-2222
5200 West 73rd Street
Edina, MN
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®

Rod Roath
Money Matters, Inc.
(952) 935-0707
5666 Lincoln Drive
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Christopher Revak
Christopher R. Revak, LLC
(952) 583-4588
7760 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Expertises
Divorce Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Bruce Primeau
Summit Wealth Advocates, LLC
(612) 987-9112
5871 Crossandra Street SE
Prior Lake, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

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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