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Retirement Planning Services Parkersburg WV

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

Mr. Stephen W. Hussey, CFP®
(304) 485-9000
3001 Murdoch Ave
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Areas of Specialization
Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Planning
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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Mr. David G. Underwood, CFP®
(304) 424-8826
514 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
United Bank Inc.

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Mr. Douglas Roberts Thorpe, CFP®
(304) 485-1260
2100 Dudley Ave
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
Bennon & Thorpe LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning

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Mr. Neal F. Hoops, CFP®
(304) 295-1204
813 Grand Central Ave
Vienna, WV
Firm
Merrill Lynch
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Service Professionals

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Ms. Beth A. Worthington, CFP®
(740) 374-6172
138 Putnam St
Marietta, OH
Firm
Peoples Bank
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Charitable Giving, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Life Planning

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Mr. Christopher T Molessa, CFP®
(304) 422-5424
2519 Ohio Avenue
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial

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Mr. William R. Elliott, CFP®
(304) 422-5424
2519 Ohio Avenue
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Investment
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning

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Ms. Sandra R. Testa, CFP®
(304) 485-6584
PO Box 149
Parkersburg, WV
Firm
Suttle & Stalnaker PLLC
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Elder Care, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning

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Mr. Ronald L. Close, CFP®
(740) 374-6102
PO Box 738
Marietta, OH
Firm
Peoples Bank

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Chase Bank
(740) 423-4111
321 Main St
Belpre, OH
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:8:30-6:00
Tues:8:30-6:00
Wed:8:30-6:00
Thurs:8:30-6:00
Fri:8:30-6:00
Sat:8:30-2:00
Sun:closed

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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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