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How Much can My Employer Contribute to my 401K?
Tue, 07/21/09 | 28 Comments
How Much can My Employer Contribute to my 401K?

401K Employer Maximum Contributions
I’d like to clear up a very common 401K misconception surrounding maximum contribution limits.
Question: The IRS maximum 401K contribution limit for 2014 is $17,500. But what exactly does this mean? Does this …

Pensions Vs. 401K’s: Why you should Care that Pensions are Going Extinct
Thu, 04/30/09 | 48 Comments
Pensions Vs. 401K’s: Why you should Care that Pensions are Going Extinct

Check out a more updated breakdown of pensions/401K’s in my post on defined benefit vs. defined contribution retirement plans.
Today’s Retirement Reality
Most twenty-somethings have never and (unfortunately) probably will never sniff the sweet security provided by …

Does your 401k Plan Offer the Elusive Self-Directed Brokerage Option?
Wed, 12/17/08 | 8 Comments
Does your 401k Plan Offer the Elusive Self-Directed Brokerage Option?

The other day I was searching through the 401k section of my employer’s intranet and was shocked and delighted to find that employees are now offered a self-directed brokerage option through Vanguard. I have been …

IRS Maximum Allowed 401k Contribution Increases in 2009
Fri, 12/12/08 | 28 Comments
IRS Maximum Allowed 401k Contribution Increases in 2009

Update: the 2014 maximum 401K contribution has since been released since this post was written. What follows is for 2009.
The IRS maximum allowed 401K contribution will increase from 2008′s $15,500 to $16,500 in 2009 (for …

Is your 401k Match Being Cut? This May be your Hint to Find a New Job
Tue, 11/25/08 | 9 Comments
Is your 401k Match Being Cut? This May be your Hint to Find a New Job

401k Match Cuts Becoming Popular
Recently GM, Ford, Frontier Airlines, and some other iconic companies announced that they were suspending matching 401k contributions. I find this to be a disturbing trend that I really hope does …

Why do Some Mutual Funds Close to New Investors?
Mon, 03/17/08 | 2 Comments
Why do Some Mutual Funds Close to New Investors?

You may have done your homework and found a great mutual fund to invest in, only to realize that it has been closed to new investors. This happened recently to me. In my employers sponsored …


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