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Retirement Planning Services Ferndale MI

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

Ted Feight
Creative Financial Design
Toll Free (877) 566-9301
2000 Town Center, Suite 1900
Southfield, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Warren McIntyre
VisionQuest Financial Planning LLC
(248) 619-3978
200 E. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Karen Norman
Norman Financial Planning, Inc.
(248) 408-1990
802 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Marilyn Dimitroff
Capelli Financial Services, Inc.
(248) 594-9282
40950 Woodward Avenue, Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MA

Jason Moore
Moore Financial Strategies, LLC
(248) 731-7060
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway, Suite 233
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Expertises
Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Sam Fawaz
Y.D. Financial Services, Inc.
(734) 447-5305
3000 Town Center Drive, Suite 2235
Southfield, MI
Expertises
Tax Planning, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, MST

Christine Isham
Northern Financial Advisors, Inc.
(248) 985-1632
26111 West 14 Mile Road, Suite 100
Franklin, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA

Bert Whitehead
Cambridge Connection Inc.
(248) 737-7090
26111 W 14 Mile Rd Ste LL6
Franklin, MI
Expertises
Advising Entrepreneurs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Middle Income Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Real Estate Investments, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, JD, MBA

Evelyn MacIntyre
Capelli Financial Services, Inc.
(248) 594-9282
40950 Woodward Avenue, Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Howard Bayliss
Core Financial Planning, LLC
(248) 758-2304
7 West Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRPC

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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