Forbes' contributor, Michael Chamberlain, offers the following list of mistakes that people often make in relation to the 401k offered by their employer:
- Not participating in the plan at all.
- Failing to contribute adequate percentages to get the company match.
- Not understanding how much needs to be contributed to have the desired retirement income.
- If the participant does understand how much should be contributed, failing to put that level into the plan.
- Not understanding the level of risk in the investments selected.
- Taking too much risk or too little risk with the investments.
- Thinking that the “education” provided by the financial services company associated with the plan is investment advice.
- Believing that if one target date fund is good, thinking that investing in two or more would be better.
- Not understanding the costs of the 401(k).
- Putting too much into company stock.
- Borrowing from the 401(k).
- Cashing out the plan when changing jobs.
- Rolling over the 401(k) at retirement into an IRA with a broker-dealer who takes large commissions out of the account on the sale of new investments.
All in all, it is a short read, but well worth it if you participate in a 401k, have a family member that participates in a 401k or you may be eligible to participate in a 401k.
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