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An Update on 401(k) Plans: Insights from the 2007 SCF

(Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, March 2009)

The Survey of Consumer Finances is a triennial survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. households, which collects detailed information on households’ assets, liabilities, and demographic characteristics. Given the collapse of the financial markets and the economy, this Issue in Brief uses the 2007 SCF data as a starting point in evaluating the condition of 401(k)s and relies on more recent data and estimates to paint a full and current picture.