401(k) plan

Is Your Employer Shortchanging Your 401k?

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIf you’re fortunate enough to get a company match in your 401(k) savings plan, you might be feeling lucky. Unless you’re in a plan that’s being shortchanged by your employer. According to a report from the Department of Labor, nearly 73 percent (or 2,677) of the plans it audited last year made the wrong employer match or made some other error. The upshot? A whopping $423.6 million was restored to workers’ 401(k)s last year. Among the more common mistakes: failing to account …

Beaches and Your 401(k) Plan

Posted on 06/15/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsWhat do these two things have in common? They’re both subject to erosion – of the natural and man-made varieties. Obviously you have more control over your 401(k) than what your favorite beach destination will look like years down the road. Personal Finance Writer Sandra Block of USA Today recently highlighted five things that can sabotage your 401(k): loans, rollover decisions, hardship withdrawals, cashing out early, and fees. Some things  — like cashing out early and hardship withdrawals — can …