401 (k)

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A 401(k) is a qualified retirement plan that allows employees to divert a portion of their salary into long-term investments. A defined-contribution plan on a tax deferred basis, it has grown to become the popular type of employer-sponsored retirement plan in America. As only few other plans can match the relative flexibility of the 401(k), it allows you to control how your money is invested. Most 401(k) plans offer a spread of mutual funds composed of stocks, bonds, and money market investments, with the most popular option tends to be target-date funds. However, the biggest drawbacks of a 401(k) are plan fees and limited investment options.

Asset Classes



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Adviser Investments
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Carver Financial Services
Edelman Financial Engines
Flexible Plan Investments
GFM Asset Management
Guild Investment Management
Hightower Advisors
Investment Counsel Company
Mainstay Capital Management
Manning & Napier
Professional Planning Group
RIA Advisors
Riverwater Partners
SGL Investment Advisors
Satovsky Asset Management, LLC
The DeRosa Group
Treasury Partners
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Charles Sizemore
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Larry Swedroe
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Mark Smith
Martin Gruber
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Neal Frankle
Randy Carver
Ric Edelman
Roger Wohlner
Ron Stenger
Sophia Bera
Steven Van Metre
Susan Williams
Ted Davis
Ted Siedle


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A 401(k) Owner's Manual
Common Sense Investing
Fidelity Investor
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Getting Your Financial Ducks In A Row
How to Retire Rich
Investing Made Simple
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Mutual Fund Mastery
One Hour Investor
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Plant Your Money Tree
Retirement Daily
Retirement Planning QuickStart Guide
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The 3% Signal
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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing
The Business Owner's Guide to Financial Freedom
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Socially Responsible Investing
The Emergence of Numerical Weather Prediction
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The Power of Zero
The Ric Edelman Show
The Road to Wealth
The Simple Path to Wealth
The Truth about Retirement Plans and IRAs
The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+
Unconventional Investing
What Every Fidelity Investor Needs to Know

  • Although 401k income is not taxed when you earn and contribute it, it is taxed at ordinary rates when you withdraw
  • 401(k)s are commonly used for safe, secure and comfortable asset growth (not risky assets)