Feb 21

The 401(k) Challenge!

by Geoff Wells

Welcome to the 2013 Rockbridge 401(k) Challenge.  This is the easiest competition you will ever face and will take less than 10 minutes to complete!

The challenge is simple, increase your employee 401(k) contributions by 2% or more and see if you actually notice the difference in your day-to-day life.  Our guess is that you will not.

Although a 2% increase does not seem like much when it is withdrawn each paycheck, it can have a huge impact in retirement. For an individual making $50,000/year, the additional retirement savings in current dollars will be:

10 years until retirement – $14,200

20 years until retirement – $42,400

30 years until retirement – $94,700

(5% real return, 3% annual raises, 2% additional salary deferral)

Your future self will greatly thank you!


About the Author

Geoff Wells is a Certified Financial Planner at Rockbridge Investment Management. “My interest in financial planning grew from assisting friends and coworkers with their retirement plans. Over time, I developed a knack for simplifying overly complex financial topics. After several years into my aerospace career, I knew that helping people with their personal finances was my professional calling. I feel extremely fortunate to have joined Rockbridge with its fee-only advisory model and remarkable team approach to financial planning.” Geoff is a graduate of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification, Ohio State University Finance (M.S.) and MBA, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, with a Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), University at Buffalo.
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