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Retirement Planning Services Medford MA

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

Neil Collins
Collins Financial Advisors
(781) 662-8227
One West Foster Street
Melrose, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thomas Wade
Devonshire Asset Management, Inc.
(781) 435-0063
92 Montvale Ave., Suite 4170
Stoneham, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CMFC

Eric Sneider
Bromfield Financial Advisory Group, Inc.
(617) 252-3400
10 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Divorce Planning, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Jennifer Lane
Compass Planning Associates, Inc.
(617) 523-4666
3 Center Plaza
Boston, MA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Durant
Belmont Financial
(617) 489-0040
30 Church Street, Suite 320
Belmont, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

James Pinney
Pinney & Scofield, Inc.
(617) 492-6223
22 Hilliard Street
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, CFP®

Sharon Rich
Womoney
(617) 489-3601
76 Townsend Road
Belmont, MA
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, Ed.D., MAT

Thomas Fisher
Fisher Financial Strategies
(617) 444-8555
245 First Street, Suite 1800
Cambridge, MA
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Stephen Ahern
Sullivan Bille/Wealth Management Advisors
(617) 742-3994
225 Franklin Street
Boston, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Advising Entrepreneurs, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, CPA/PFS, MS, MST

Walter Herlihy
Beacon Financial Planning, Inc.
(888) 230-3588
111 State Street
Boston, MA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU

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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