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401(k) Investors: Avoid These 20 Mistakes


A company retirement plan–whether a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan–is the starter savings vehicle for many investors, so it’s probably not surprising that the plans usually have more guardrails than other investment vehicles. Company retirement plan menus typically feature plain-vanilla stock and bond funds to keep plan participants from gorging on exotic investment choices, and…

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How Should Younger Investors Think About Social Security?

Social Security

We outline some scenarios for Social Security that younger investors can use to determine their own savings rates. Q: If you’re a younger investor–in your 20s, 30s, or even 40s–how do you factor Social Security into your retirement savings equation? A: This is an important question for younger investors, and a topic that is hotly… Read more

401(k) Series: Where should I invest my 401(k)?

  What are my options? When investing in your company’s 401(k) plan, your employer and plan provider (remember them from the 3 P’s of your 401(k)?) work together to create your investment lineup, which is a list of mutual funds for you to choose to invest your contributions in. A mutual fund is managed by… Read more