Stories tagged: 401(k)
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 …
Sat., May 20, 2017, noon
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 …
Mon., April 24, 2017
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 …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017
‘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.”
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017
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.
Mon., Oct. 31, 2016, 1 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Morgan Stanley accused of mismanaging its 401(k) plan
Even Wall Street workers are unhappy with how their retirement plans are run.
Wed., Dec. 30, 2015
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.
Wed., April 2, 2014, 2:16 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014, 12:49 p.m.
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.
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
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 …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2012
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 …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2011
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. …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2011
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 …
Sun., Dec. 19, 2010
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 …
Tue., Oct. 5, 2010
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 …
Tue., Dec. 8, 2009
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 …
Sun., Aug. 30, 2009
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 …
Mon., Feb. 23, 2009
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 …