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Nerd Wallet: Four alternatives for when your 401(k) doesn’t cut it

These four alternatives can ensure your employer’s retirement plan (or lack thereof) doesn’t derail your plans for retirement.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

Tech is taking over our lives, and our 401(k) accounts

Surging prices for technology stocks around the world mean the industry is making up a larger proportion of global markets.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Trump, House GOP at odds over changes to 401(k) plans

The congressman who heads the House tax-writing panel isn’t ruling out changes to the 401(k) retirement program to raise revenue for tax cuts, despite President Donald Trump’s fresh promise that …

Trump tweets that 401(k) tax incentives ‘safe’ in tax plan

President Donald Trump promised Monday there will be “no change” to tax incentives for the popular 401(k) retirement programs.

Froma Harrop: Will you work till you drop?

Americans who don’t plan, can’t plan or are in too desperate straits to put anything aside may end up working for the rest of their lives.

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

The 401(k) match is back, and it’s getting bigger

Now it seems, the match is roaring back. Many companies are boosting their matches in employee 401(k) plans, according to a report by Vanguard Group, the investment firm with $4.4 …

Liz Weston: How to ruin your finances fast

Some financial disasters are a long time in the making. It typically takes years of unfortunate choices – minimum credit card payments, forgone savings opportunities – to create suffocating debt …

Decade-by-decade: What to do now to retire better

Whether age 23 or 57, it’s never too early or too late to take steps toward a better retirement, say Spokane financial planners. Depending on your decade of life, you …

‘America First’ doesn’t have to mean ‘American Only’ 401k

“America First” is President Trump’s economic policy. But that doesn’t mean investors should set their 401(k) accounts to “America Only.”

401(k) proponents were too bullish

Despite bull markets since the 1980s, many with 401(k) accounts haven’t amassed enough individual wealth to leave the workforce.

Retirement planning: ‘We’re woefully unprepared’

While recent studies nationwide show many Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, a newly released AARP survey for Washington found nearly half of statewide respondents had less than $25,000 saved …

Morgan Stanley accused of mismanaging its 401(k) plan

Even Wall Street workers are unhappy with how their retirement plans are run.

Dean Baker: State-run retirement plan would aid workers

Illinois launching program that would set aside, invest small share of wages.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 8:43 p.m.

While markets tumbled in the summer, many savers held tight

When fear was pumping through the stock market this summer, most retirement savers kept their cool.

Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

WASHINGTON — The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making …

Bill would phase out pensions for state workers

SEATTLE — A state lawmaker wants to offer a $10,000 incentive to state employees who agree to move away from the state pension system into a 401(k)-style retirement package.

Condon to keep salary at $100K for 2012

Spokane Mayor David Condon will hold his salary at $100,000 this year as promised, despite the recent controversy over his predecessor’s pay. But he said he will review his options …

Leaving a job? Take your 401(k) with you

NEW YORK – Don’t forget to take your 401(k) on the way out. As the job market picks up, one of the most important loose ends to tend to when …

Retirement plan providers try new 401(k) ideas

Several 401(k) providers are rolling out new bells and whistles. Some of the changes are driven by the realization that many workers haven’t saved enough to get them through retirement. …

Think twice before making 401(k) hardship withdrawal

The numbers show that times are still tough financially. More workers are taking money from their 401(k) accounts early and using the hardship withdrawal rules to give them access to …

Are you on track for retirement?

It’s unusual for someone to feel financially well-prepared for retirement. That’s due partly to the poor performance of stocks over the past decade. But mostly it’s due to people not …

A few tweaks could help you meet nest egg goals

We want to be good retirement savers, we really do. But many working Americans find the process intimidating, confusing or financially impossible. To get some tips on how to fine-tune …

Getting an early start on saving makes a huge difference in retirement income

A common mistake made in retirement planning is starting too late. It is far too common and can have serious implications. Sometimes a story is the best way to relate …

IRS may reduce 401(k) limits

Low inflation has made food and gas more affordable during the recession, but there’s a downside: Social Security beneficiaries probably won’t get a raise next year, and the IRS may …

401(k) plans force difficult choices

The declining stock market isn’t the only thing eroding workers’ retirement savings. Increasingly, big companies are suspending contributions to their workers’ 401(k) plans – 90 had done so as of …