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President Biden's Proposed Changes to 401k Plans -- President Biden has proposed changes to 401k retirement savings plans that will have a big impact on the tax break provided to 401k participants. If the Biden 401k plan were to become law, the tax deduction for contributing to a 401k would be replaced with a tax credit. This 401k change would likely result in high earners getting less of a tax break on their 401k savings and low and middle earners getting a bigger tax benefit. Here's a look at Mr. Biden's proposed 401k changes.

Five Drawbacks of Using Only a 401k for Retirement -- Many factors, such as your employment status, tax bracket, and lifestyle choices, all play into the degree to which you rely on your employer-sponsored retirement plan. At the very least, gaining an understanding of other retirement savings options is a good idea. This article looks at five reasons not to rely solely on your 401k to fund expenses in retirement.

How to Take Advantage of 401k Catch-Up Contributions -- When you turn 50, you become eligible to contribute more money to your 401k plan. The tax deduction you can claim on these catch-up contributions could save you over $1,000 on your annual tax bill. Here's how to take advantage of 401k catch-up contributions.

Should I Take a 401k Loan During the Coronavirus Pandemic? -- If you have a 401k, you may have considered tapping into it to get some relief from the current economic uncertainty. The CARES Act of March 2020 doubled the amount of money an employee could borrow from a 401k plan. Depending on your retirement funds' balance, a 401k loan could give you access to a large amount of money. But is it a good idea? Here's what you need to know.


Resources

A chart of the year 2015 through 2021 401k plan contribution limits.

A glossary retirement plan and investment terms available here.

This is a guide to retirement industry acronyms and abbreviations.

Here is a handy on-line 401k calculator.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that come to our pension experts.

What is a 401k plan?

A Complete Beginner's Guide to 401k Plans

Does my employer have to provide a matching contribution?

How do I locate an old 401k that I think I contributed to at a former employer?

If I needed to get access to an old 401k, what are my options?

If a Company You Work for Goes Bankrupt, What Happens to Your 401k

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Managing Your 401k Plan Assets

We are not in the investment advice business, but these articles may give you some important insights. You should always consult with your financial advisor for more detailed information and advice.

A Look at 401k Plan Fees

Asset Allocation Made Simple

Behavioral Finance -- What's Behind Your Investing Decisions?

Company Stock In Your 401k -- Keep it Balanced

Investment Basics

Indexing Prevails in "Stock Picker's" Market

The Magic of Compounding

Ten Steps to Making a Financial Plan to Create a Secure Retirement

Making the Transition: A Pre-Retirement Checklist

The Value of Asset Allocation

Nurture Your 401k Portfolio Using Asset Allocation

Why Is Knowing the Investment Style of a Stock Mutual Fund Important?

Understanding Investment Risk


Some Useful Information

We have gathered a few articles and other information on important 401k issues that are often asked about.

Do Surviving Spouses Have a Right to a 401k or an IRA? - Summary: When choosing a beneficiary for a retirement plan, it is important to understand how your spouse will be treated under the plan. Surviving spouses are treated differently under 401ks and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). While a 401k provides protections for a surviving spouse, an IRA does not.

Top 10 Reasons to Join Your 401k Plan - Summary: Compared to other savings plans available to private sector workers, the 401k plan has many good points. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should join your plan.


Loans and Hardship Withdrawals

Articles on the various rules, regulations. practical issues and guidelines related to 401k loans and hardship withdrawals.

401k Retirement Plan Loans: An Overview

401k Hardship Withdrawals: An Overview

Hardship Withdrawals Give Access to 401k Savings, but at a Cost

Emergency Access to Your 401k: Hardship Withdrawals

Do's and Don't's of Hardship Distributions

Eight Reasons to Never Borrow From Your 401k

Don't Tap Your 401k to Pay Off Debt


Other Good Information on and About 401k's

How does a 401k plan work? When does my employer have to deposit my payroll contributions? How can I take an early withdrawals without penalty? Are there warning signs I should look for? What are my pension rights? We have gathered articles on these and other important issues so you can quickly find in depth information and analysis. And we regularly update and add to this content.

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