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That feature is more appealing to people who have time and confidence in their investmentpicking ability. It’s like the difference between being your own custom tailor or shopping off the rack. A self-directed brokerage window is typically offered as one of many options in a plan’s menu of investment choices. It’s often called a self-directed window. Fewer than 1 percent of plans offered this self-sufficient approach in 4 Hewitt Associates. Understanding More of the Advantages 45 1995. 8 The reason for offering so many choices is to let you tailor your portfolio (the investments in your account) to your needs.

You both contribute $7,500 a year, you invest in the same mutual funds, and your accounts both grow at 8 percent annually. Also the same: Investments in your 401(k) account grow tax-deferred. The Other Guy’s investment earnings get mowed down by the IRS every April 15. But we’ve added a new wrinkle. This time your account is pumped up with a matching contribution from your employer. Let’s say it is the most common type of company match: 50 cents for every dollar you kick in. The payoff is super.

For instance, a company may kick in 50 cents for every $1 you contribute, but only up to 5 percent of your pay; you may be allowed to contribute, say, as much as 10 percent of your pay, but you won’t get a match for anything above 5 percent. 2 Fixed company matches come in many sizes. Some are more common than others. Fifty cents for each dollar contributed by an employee is the most widespread. Source: Hewitt Associates LLC. 20 UNDERSTANDING YOUR 401(k) PLAN A graded match changes, rather than ends, at some specified trigger point.

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