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Retirement Planning Services Palmer AK

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

Mrs. Carol A. Akerson, CFP®
(907) 746-1316
3291 Seagull Dr
Palmer, AK
Firm
Waddell & Reed

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Mr. Thomas R. Lehe Jr., CFP®
(907) 376-8373
851 E Westpoint Dr Ste 209
Wasilla, AK
Firm
Waddell & Reed
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Healthcare Planning, Insurance Planning, Intergenerational Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Wells Fargo - Wasilla
(907) 376-5355
581 W Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Wells Fargo - Cottonwood Creek
(907) 376-6797
1701 E Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sun Closed

Mr. Allison L Biss, CFP®
(907) 248-1581
9170 Jewel Lake rd ste 107
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning

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David Paul Eller, CFP®
(907) 376-4379
701 E Parks Hwy Ste 204
Wasilla, AK
Firm
Edward Jones Investments

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Wells Fargo - Palmer
(907) 745-2161
705 S Bailey St
Palmer, AK
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sun Closed

Wells Fargo - Wasilla Wal-Mart
(907) 357-6221
1350 S Seward Meridian Rd
Wasilla, AK
Type
In-Store Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Sat 10:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM-04:00 PM

Waddell & Reed
(907) 376-8373
851 E Westpoint Dr
Wasilla, AK
 
Mr. Ty A. Schommer, CFP®
(907) 375-3018
1120 Huffman Rd Ste. 24
Anchorage, AK
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable



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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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