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Retirement Planning Services Swampscott 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 Swampscott, MA listed below that can explain more and even get you started on your retirement savings.

Emil Ronchi
Point Capital Advisory, LLC
(978) 740-0560
70 Washington Street, Suite 318
Salem, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Michael Callahan
Infinite Wealth Management, Inc.
(781) 233-4138
5 Broadway, Building 1, Suite 205
Saugus, MA
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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®

Charles Johnson
Resolute Financial, LLC
(781) 246-8771
599 North Ave Suite 6
Wakefield, MA
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Real Estate Investments, College/Education Planning, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jeanne Sullivan
Financially In Tune, LLC
(781) 640-5698
607 North Avenue, Door 12, Floor 1
Wakefield, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Geoffrey Loynd
Loynd Capital Management
(781) 639-1400
171 Pleasant St.
Marblehead, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, MBA

Robert Dubee
Quest Financial Services Inc.
(781) 224-3456
40 Salem Street, Building 2 Suite #3
Lynnfield, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Middle Income Client Needs, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA, MST

George Paquin
Resolute Financial, LLC
(781) 246-8771
599 North Ave Suite 6
Wakefield, MA
Expertises
Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MBA

Robert Ryan
Resolute Financial, LLC
(781) 246-8771
599 North Ave Suite 6
Wakefield, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFP®, ChFc, JD, MSFP

Barbara Nevils
Nevils Financial, LLC
(877) 552-2638
607 North Avenue Suite 18
Wakefield, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MA

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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