401(k) Hidden Strategies Used By Smart Investors

Have you ever seen a GROUNDHOG poking its head out of the ground?

What you see is a cute little groundhog poking his head out of his burrow. What you don’t see is the complex web of precisely engineered burrows — hidden from sight. These “hidden strategies” are what allow the groundhog to live a comfortable, safe life. 

In this piece, you’ll discover why your 401(k) strategy should be “engineered” like a groundhog burrow, because there’s a lot more to it than what you see on the surface. 

Most high earners are already leveraging the power of their employer-sponsored 401(k) to save for retirement. They understand the well-publicized advantages: tax deferral, the “free money” provided by the employer match, and the “catch-up” provision after age 50. 

However, smart investors understand that there is so much more hidden beneath the surface of their 401(k) than just the visible benefits. If you have an employer, you’re most likely planning to max out your 401(k) employee contribution, as well as your employer match. 

If you’re self-employed, you’re probably figuring out which retirement plan is best for your own business. 

Yet when you research more ways to save, you might feel like you’re in the movie Groundhog Day because you find the same advice, over and over.

This special guide is designed to reveal additional “hidden” benefits of your 401(k) account that can help you supercharge your retirement plan. 

Whether you’re enrolled in a group plan or considering a solo 401(k) for your business, you’ve come to the right place. Some of the questions you might be asking yourself right now include: 


STRATEGY 1: Supercharge Your Contributions

When it comes to funding your 401(k), the immediate tactic is to maximize your allowable employee contribution. If you’re reading this, you probably already are. Your plan may offer you the ability to contribute either after-tax dollars into a Roth or tax-deductible money into a Traditional 401(k). Your employer match, if available, is always Traditional.

Concealed underneath is the idea that you could potentially add much more to your tax-deferred account. As you may already know, 401(k)s are a type of defined contribution (DC) plan. The annual limit to fund a DC plan for one person (including both employer and employee contributions) is much higher than your employee contribution cap.

Some plans allow employees to add more retirement money until they reach this limit. If your 401(k) plan allows, you can contribute after-tax dollars to your plan to reach that upper threshold. They’re not tax-deductible, but they do grow tax-free as long as you obey the usual caveats. This strategy is sometimes referred to as a “Mega Backdoor Roth.”

Understanding how and when to supercharge your savings can give you a massive leg up. Critical questions to ask include:

STRATEGY 2: Optimize the Investments in Your 401(k) PLAN

Your plan provider has already given you a standard menu of investments within your 401(k). 

Depending on your situation, you may benefit from advanced self-directed strategies that can increase the range of investments available to you, potentially reduce your tax bill, or improve the after-tax return of your overall portfolio. 

For example, if you already have investments that generate a lot of income, shifting them into your retirement account may create a more tax-efficient portfolio.

Though it’s not the right move for everyone, taking control of your 401(k) can potentially help you maximize the benefit of this powerful retirement tool.

Critical questions to ask include:

STRATEGY 3: Make Tax-Smart Moves For Your 401(K) PLAN

Average investors understand the “surface-level” basics of deciding between Traditional and Roth contributions. However, a hidden 401(k) advantage is using both types of tax-deferred accounts to create tax savings now, while generating tax-free income in retirement.

If your plan allows it, you can convert your Traditional 401(k) to a Roth. Done in a tax-coordinated way, you may be able to convert portions of your Traditional account to a Roth without pushing yourself to a higher tax bracket.

Done correctly, these Roth conversion opportunities can potentially help you create more tax-free income in retirement while still getting the benefits of tax savings now.

Critical questions to ask include:

You’re a high earner with a bright future. Which makes it important for you to understand what’s concealed beneath the surface of your 401(k), so you can make the most of your opportunities.

You need to not only make smart choices for your investments, but also consider all the ways your retirement portfolio can be tax efficient today as well as tomorrow.

Whether you work for an employer or you’re designing the retirement plan for your own business, you can use the hidden advantages of your 401(k) to supercharge your savings for the future.

Want to take charge of your retirement? Are you knowledgeable enough to understand you need to go beyond the obvious? Contact us to set up your private consultation to find out how you can potentially maximize all the advantages of your 401(k) retirement plan.

We can help you identify and leverage the hidden opportunities in your 401(k) to potentially boost your savings and save on taxes now and in the future. At the moment, you’re still ahead of the game. You’re currently planning for your retirement and using what you already know about the benefits of a 401(k) plan. But now you’re poised to go deeper beneath the surface to discover how smart investors make the most of their available opportunities.

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