Alexander Rupert

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“Alex Rupert, Assistant Portfolio Manager at Laurel Tree Advisors, passionately advocates, advises and educates his clients by offering simple and comprehensive guidance to achieve their financial freedom.”
Firm:

Laurel Tree Advisors

Job Title:

Assistant Portfolio Manager

Biography:

Alexander (Alex) Rupert is an Assistant Portfolio Manager at Laurel Tree Advisors. Alex joined the firm while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree focusing on Finance. He graduated from the University of Akron and joined Laurel Tree Advisors in his current role in 2014.

Alex is very active on the firm’s investment research committee, providing in-depth reports on securities and economic topics. He also reviews and analyzes investment portfolios as well as preparation and presentation of financial plans. He has developed multiple templates and tools that streamline portfolio allocation and apply investment research that the company currently uses in their business processes. Maintenance of the company website, social media and other various technological tasks are part of Alex’s routine.

In addition to creating financial plans and managing portfolios for clients that are nearing or in retirement, Alex specializes in creating financial plans for the younger demographic who want to maximize the efficiency of their income and resources.

Alex is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Northeast Ohio where he leads the technology committee and develops website strategies. Alex participates in virtual financial planning through Nerdwallet’s Ask an Advisor. Alex also participates in the Steering Committee of the Muldoon Partners at the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship where he helps with the strategy and direction of the group. Alex is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland.

Alex is enthusiastic and creative, with an interest in health and fitness as well as developing relationships and becoming part of the Cleveland community.

Assets Under Management:

$37 million

Fee Structure:

Fixed
Asset-Based
Hourly

CRD Number:

6424144

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Does my employer's matching contribution count towards the maximum I can contribute to my 401(k) plan?
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In most circumstances, the answer to this question is no, but depending on your circumstances, this question could get complicated. The maximum you, the employee, are permitted to contribute to a 401(k) in the year 2016 is $18,000. If you are the age of 50 or older, you will be permitted to contribute an additional $6,000 for a total employee contribution limit of $24,000. This $6,000 is often referred to as “catch-up”. Essentially, your employer's matching contribution doesn't necessarily count towards the maximum you can contribute to your 401(k), but your employer's overall contribution can count towards how much is overall contributed to your 401(k).

Besides employee contributions, there are other forms of additions that can come into your 401(k). All forms of additions are listed below:

  • Employee contributions
  • Employer matching contributions
  • Employer nonelective contributions
  • Allocations of forfeitures

Employee contributions have a threshold of $18,000 ($24,000 catch-up) that is permitted in a year - employer matching contributions, employer nonelective contributions and allocations of forfeitures do not have individual thresholds, but all of them combined together have a threshold of $53,000. If your compensation is less than $53,000, 100% of compensation will be the threshold.

Here's an example to better understand this concept. Assume we have an individual that is 40 years old, earns $75,000 and receives a 100% employer match up to 4% of compensation. This person contributes the annual maximum they are permitted to them of $18,000. Their employer matches 100% of contributions up to 4% of compensation which, in scenario, is $3,000. Currently, we have total annual contributions of $21,000 ($18,000 + $3,000), this leaves $32,000 ($53,000 - $21,000) remaining that could potentially be contributed through employer nonelective contributions or allocations of forfeitures.

I hope this was helpful.

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