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- Don’t cheap out on insurance but we do want you to save as much money as you can!
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Hi Matt and Joel,
I know you’re both huge fans of Roth contributions (as mentioned in this episode), so I’m curious what your thoughts are on the numbers run by folks like the Mad Fientist, showing that money put in a traditional 401(k) can last about 10 years longer in early retirement than money paid out from a Roth 401(k): https://www.madfientist.com/how-to-access-retirement-funds-early/.
I hear you on the likelihood of taxes going up, but anyone aiming for early retirement won’t pay tax on most or any of that money anyway, if they’re slowly converting traditional money into Roth money in the way the Mad Fientist suggests, right?
Hey Michael, thanks for your question. First off, the Mad Fientist is one smart and excellent dude. PLUS, he likes good beer. So he’s a rock star in my book.
And he makes an excellent case for traditional 401(k) contributions for folks who want to retire early. And it’s not that we’re not in favor of folks quitting work early, it’s just that we’re speaking to a different audience. A lot of HTM listeners don’t necessarily have that goal. And for those folks Roth IRA contributions likely make more sense. But I love that the Mad Fientiest goes into such detail to help folks who are specifically looking to quit work early because there are a lot of folks in that boat too. Cheers!