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Managing your retirement accounts

The days of company-funded pensions have gone the way of the floppy disk. Most of us are now responsible for building and managing our retirement nest eggs. Generally, that means contributing to our company-sponsored 401(k) accounts. If you haven't started contributing, get going! If you have an account, make sure you are taking advantage of all your plan has to offer.

The basics of 401(k)s

The how much, how often and plain old "how" to participating in a company-sponsored 401(k) plan.

8 tips for understanding 401(k)s

Saving for retirement is easy. Participate in your employer's sponsored plan. The sooner you start, the longer your money has time to grow.

Dealing with an orphaned 401(k) plan

When a company goes out of business, who watches over the 401(k) plan left behind?

FAQ about 401(k)

Need to tap your retirement account? Want to diversify? Bankrate experts tackle these questions and more.

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401(k): You can (and should) take it with you

Don't forget that old 401(k). Under the law, employers now can cash out the 401(k) of a former employee if it's under $5,000. If you're not careful, that could cost you big. loan calculator -- Should I borrow from my 401(k)?

Use our calculator to see how much it will cost you to tap your retirement account.

How much can I save in my 401(k)?

Use our interactive calculator to find out how much money you can amass in your 401(k) account.



-- Posted: May 12, 2005




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