Since 2010, average employee contributions have increased $470, and average employer contributions have gone up $400, USA Today reports.» Read More
Insight on why many small businesses have been scared away from starting their own plans for employees, with Chad Parks, The Online 401k president.
Withdrawing money from a retirement account can carry a high price. Besides jeopardizing long-term savings, withdrawals can incur a 10 percent penalty. Still, if you’re in a financial pinch there are some options for cracking your nest egg that are better than others.
Why target date funds will become largest 401k option in just a few years, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.
“Flexible savings accounts are today what the 401(k) match was 10 or 15 years ago, where people didn’t grasp that this free opportunity was sitting there,” says one financial expert.
Why risk your retirement investing in what others claim to know? Technically all retirement plans can be self-directed, but unfortunately the majority of plans are limited to the assets sold by the plan provider.
If your employer has automatically enrolled you in a 401 (k) plan at the beginning of this year, it’s time to take stock of your holdings. What your company has chosen may or may not be advantageous to you.
After plowing money into 401(k)'s and IRAs for decades, struggling over which investments to choose and how best to boost your returns, the time does come, eventually, to withdraw those funds. Here, tips on how to proceed.
A new study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.
There’s a class war coming to the world of government pensions. The haves are retirees who were once state or municipal workers. Their seemingly guaranteed and ever-escalating monthly pension benefits are breaking budgets nationwide.
Some of the largest corporations—American Express, FedEx and JP Morgan —are reinstating the company match for their 401 (k) plans, but whether that represents an trend of any sort is a matter of debate.
Starting in July 2011, firms that are 401(k) service providers must disclose in writing all direct and indirect compensation received, make available plan investment options in connection with brokerage and record-keeping services or both and disclose any changes to the fee structure within 60 days.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling offers investors no help in combatting excessive mutual fund fees. And shareholders advocates say the ruling may spark a new round of litigation.
The rise in job losses, grim prospects for Social Security benefits, and paltry personal savings has created a situation where many Boomers must put off retirement from the workforce because they simply cannot afford it.
As retiring Baby Boomers flee to safer investments, some analysts fear there will be too many stocks and too few investors. But a lot depends on how much Boomers can really afford a conservative investing style as they try to recover from a lost decade for the stock market.
2010 should be the year to reform retirement in Washington, said Robert Reynolds, CEO and president of Putnam Investments. He shared his insights with investors.
Thirty percent of Americans with salaries of $100,000 or more said they are living paycheck to paycheck, up from 21 percent last year, according to a survey.
Some of the money that fled stocks for safe harbors like money-market funds and government bonds is beginning to return. Even with trillions still sheltered on the sidelines, some $56 billion has poured into equity funds since April.
I plan on retiring in 15 years (at age 60) and currently have 85% of my money in stocks. I’ve been maxing out my 401(K) since I was 21, and in the last year, I have seen some frightening drops in my funds. Should I be making any kind of changes to prevent more losses?
Stocks bounced back on Tuesday, closing up after Monday's sharp selloff. The market continued its recent pattern of shrugging off certain economic data and continuing in whichever direction it intended to go for the day. Housing starts dropped 1 percent in July after an upwardly-revised 6.5-percent jump in June, falling well short of expectations. Meanwhile, a gauge of inflation fell more than expected: Producer prices dropped by 0.9 percent last month, compared with a 1.8-percent gain in June. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...