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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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For too many of Vada Lindsey's lower-income clients, their hard-earned 401(k) accounts become go-to emergency funds when they are faced with unexpected cash needs.

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Workers increasingly raid 401(k)s for short-term cash

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As the economy struggles in recovery, more working Americans are making dicey moves to pluck cash from their 401(k) retirement accounts.

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Loans From 401(k)s Are on the Rise As Investors Tap Their Inner Banker

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In spite of decades of advice to the contrary and the improving economy, millions of Americans are increasingly turning to what was once a lender of last resort—their 401(k) plans.

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