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401(k) plans move away from employer stock as investment vehicle

(Monthly Labor Review, Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008)

A look at the trend in 401(k) investment options over the past two decades shows a steady move away from employer stock as an investment vehicle. Should plans choose to expand the use of automatic enrollment features as a means of further encouraging participation, the regulations requiring the use of qualified investments might result in further movement away from investment in employer stock.