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Playing Catch-Up with Your 401(k) or IRA

C Cox 2014
Charles Cox is Personal Banker and can be reached at CCox@CNBank.com or 585-394-4260 x41033.

A recent survey of baby boomers (ages 53 to 69) found that just 24% were confident they would have enough money to last throughout retirement. Forty-five percent had no retirement savings at all, and of those who did have savings, 42% had saved less than $100,000.1 If you're 50 or older, you could benefit by making catch-up contributions to tax-advantaged retirement accounts. You might be surprised by how much your nest egg could grow late in your working career.  

Contribution limits 

The federal contribution limit in 2016 and 2017 for all IRAs combined is $5,500, plus a $1,000 catch-up contribution for those 50 and older, for a total of $6,500. An extra $1,000 might not seem like much, but it could make a big difference by the time you're ready to retire. You have until the April 18, 2017, tax filing deadline to make IRA contributions for 2016. The sooner you contribute, the more time the funds will have to pursue potential growth. 


The deferral limit in 2016 and 2017 for employer-sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k), 403(b), and most 457(b) plans is $18,000, plus a $6,000 catch-up contribution for workers 50 and older, for a total of $24,000. These contributions must be made by the end of the calendar year, so be sure to adjust your contributions early enough in the year to take full advantage of the catch-up opportunity.  

Have questions? 

Our Personal Banking team can help you determine if catch-up contributions are right for your retirement plan. Contact us with any questions you have at (585) 394-4260.

 1"Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2016," Insured Retirement Institute.

Advisory Services are offered through OBS Financial Services, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. Investments are not bank deposits, are not obligations of, or guaranteed by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, and are not FDIC insured. Investments are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of principal amount invested.

Source: ©2016 Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved. This material provided by Charles Coxl.