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Retirement Planning Services Prairie Village KS

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 Prairie Village, KS listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

Rosemary Danielson
Balanced Financial Planning, Inc.
(913) 677-1090
6701 West 64th Street, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Dean Cherpitel
Legacy Wealth Planning, LLC
(913) 648-4668
5750 W. 95th Street, Suite 128
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, ChFc

Richard Salmen
GTrust
(913) 451-0900
11225 College Boulevard, Suite 410
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CTFA, EA, MBA

Daniel Weeks
Syverson & Company, LLC
(913) 317-6000
7500 College Blvd., Suite 140
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Samantha Kopek
GTrust
(913) 451-0900
11225 College Boulevard, Suite 410
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Sandi Weaver
Financial Security Advisors, Inc.
(913) 385-5523
8340 Mission Road, Suite 113
Prairie Village, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CPA

Lynn Garrison
Legacy Wealth Partners, LLC
(913) 338-4530
11011 King Street
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Howard Rothwell
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Kathleen Stepp
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Kenneth Eaton
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
(913) 345-4800
7300 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park, KS
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

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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