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One in Five Investors Have Tapped Into 401(k) Prematurely

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The majority of nonretired investors in the U.S. say their employer offers a 401(k) plan, and of these, 89% say they participate in it. Yet 21% of those who participate in such a plan say they have either taken out a 401(k) loan or even taken an early withdrawal from the plan in the last five years.

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ERISA’s mid-life crisis

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On its 40th birthday, plans sponsors and participants find plenty to be unhappy about.

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Landmark ERISA pension reform law sees mixed results 40 years after implementation

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Forty years after President Gerald Ford signed the first comprehensive pension reform bill into law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act has produced successes and failures.

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Speakers Tell Council DOL Guidance Needed To Boost Savers’ Lifetime Income Options

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A combination of guidance and online tools from the DOL on lifetime income would help retirement plan participants make good decisions about their retirement funds and investments, a speaker told the ERISA Advisory Council.

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401(k) the new piggy bank

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What employers can do to help stop early withdrawals

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Early Tap of 401(k) Replaces Homes as American Piggy Bank

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Premature withdrawals from retirement accounts have become America’s new piggy bank, cracked open in record amounts during lean times by people like Cindy Cromie, who needed the money to rent a U-Haul and start a new life.

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401(k)s are a sham

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Duped by a DIY retirement dream, the elderly now face staggeringly low living standards

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Borrowing against the future with a 401(k) loan

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Thinking about taking a loan from your 401(k) plan? Think again. It’s no secret that many Americans were hit hard and are still struggling to recover from the financial crisis. Even those who weren’t laid off or downsized during the recent recession may think of their 401(k) accounts as piggy banks instead of the retirement plans that they are.

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Have 401(k)s Failed Participants?

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Experts argue merits, areas for improvement to 401(k) plans

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