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Retirement Planning Services Millersville MD

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

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(410) 695-1556
2327 Sandy Walk Way
Odenton, MD
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Brian Booth
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Patricia Currey
Currey Financial Consulting, LLC
(410) 956-0655
810 Caroline Lane
Edgewater, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFP®

Kirk Kinder
Picket Fence Financial
(410) 878-2999
300 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Kelly
Michael R. Kelly, CFP, EA
(410) 747-0708
1172 St. Agnes Lane
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Thaddeus Toal
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(410) 757-7980
12 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Darrell Kingsland
Darrell E Kingsland, CPA
(410) 772-0301
10450 Shaker Dr, Ste 112
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Christopher Parr
Parr Financial Solutions, Inc.
(410) 740-9011
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 1200
Columbia, MD
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

Mark Stinson
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

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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