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Free Money for Retirement: A Shocking Number of Workers Turn It Down

One of the best things about investing in a 401(k) is getting an employer match. But a recent survey found that a shockingly large number of employees don't contribute enough to their retirement accounts to take full advantage of matching contributions.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks more closely at the Fidelity survey, which found that 21% of workers miss out on the free money available from matching. Dan notes that in some cases, all it takes is a 3% contribution in order to get full matching, making it seem inconceivable that workers wouldn't take advantage. But Dan suggests that high investing costs and long vesting requirements can dissuade people from saving in their 401(k), even though those arguments have flaws of their own. Dan concludes that it's important to use your 401(k) as effectively as possible.

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  • Report this Comment On May 31, 2014, at 8:08 PM, Disgustedman wrote:

    The last time I had a match, was in 2006...The company laid off 90% of the permanent workers and then brought in temps. Since then, I have had one perm job and the company shut down after 9 months.

    Now? Good luck finding a company to match funds...My last one that did it was up to 6%....Man, I had a few grand, but had to cash out due to the economy (No I won't blame any politician, they're all at fault anyway)

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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