401(k) Plans and Race
Many data sources show a disparity among racial and ethnic groups regarding participation in and contributions to 401(k) plans. The question is whether racial and ethnic differentials remain after controlling for a broader array of factors included in a nationally representative sample of households, the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF).
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Did You Know?
A 401(k) plan is a retirement savings plan in which the benefit is based on contributions to an individual account and the investment return on those contributions. Typically, employees make contributions to the plan and, in many cases, employers match the employees' contributions. These plans are called defined contribution plans. In most 401(k) and other retirement savings plans, the employee is responsible for choosing among the investments offered by the plan. Other types of retirement savings plans are 403(b) and 457 plans.