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Retirement Planning Services Longmont CO

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

Matthew Kelley
Gold Medal Waters, Inc.
(720) 887-1299
4845 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

John Einberger
Mutual Advantage, LLC
(303) 443-9735
425 Oakwood Place
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Robert Pyle
Diversified Asset Management, Inc.
(303) 440-2906
1113 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Myra Salzer
The Wealth Conservancy, Inc.
(303) 444-1919
1525 Spruce Street, Suite 300
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Judith McNary
McNary Financial Planning, LLC
(303) 410-1745
14597 Benton Street
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Entrepreneurs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
4845 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

Stewart Farnell
Fee-Only Financial Planning, Education & Coaching
(303) 541-0782
4540 MacArthur Drive
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ATP, CFP®, PhD

David Gardner
Yellowstone Financial Inc.
(303) 449-5552
1728 16th Street
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
357 South McCaslin Blvd.,Suite 200
Louisville, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

Rick Simmons
Simmons & Associates, LLC
(303) 531-4010
1010 Depot Hill Suite 206
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, Other

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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