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Retirement Planning Services Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles, LA listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

John Hixson
Financial Management Professionals
(337) 433-4334
4841 Ihles Road
Lake Charles, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Kenneth L. Agee (RFC®), CSA
(337) 491-7600
2527 Common Street
Lake Charles, LA
Company
True North Asset Management
Qualifications
Education: BS
Years of Experience: 14
Membership
IARFC
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Executive Compensation Planning, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Returns, Seminars Work, Employee Benefits, Stocks and Bonds, Mutual Funds, CD Banking, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Medical Insurance, Group Insurance, Charitable Planning, Charitable Foundations, Asset Protection, BuySell, Compensation Plans

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Mr. Dustin R Granger, CFP®
(337) 439-9081
One Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. Richard D Clements Jr., CFP®
(337) 491-0758
791 East Bayou Pines Drive
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Merrill Lynch
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Sudden Wealth Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Robert Reed Mendelson Jr., CFP®
(337) 477-1866
3101 Lake St
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Ameriprise Advisor Services, Inc.

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Mr. H. David Jones, CFP®
(337) 439-9081
One Lakeshore Dr
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. Richard A. Hinton, CFP®
(337) 477-1866
3101 Lake St. Ste 102
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Shane D. Liggio, CFP®
(337) 436-8940
127 W Broad St Ste 600
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Dr. Marshal David Baggett, CFP®
(337) 477-2930
647 W Prien Lake Rd
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
Marshal D Baggett

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Ms. Denise E. Rau, CFP®
(337) 480-3835
1634 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA
Firm
LPL Financial
Areas of Specialization
Social Security Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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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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