Keys to Investing in Your 401(K)

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Explains why a soundly managed 401(K) is one of today's best ways to invest for retirement, then tells how to evaluate and improve specific 401(K) investments. Barron's easy-to-understand Business Keys take the mystery out of finance and investment for ordinary consumers. These easy-to-read books offer up-to-date advice on saving, investing, protecting one's assets, coping with taxes, and prudent management of personal finances.
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Overview

Explains why a soundly managed 401(K) is one of today's best ways to invest for retirement, then tells how to evaluate and improve specific 401(K) investments. Barron's easy-to-understand Business Keys take the mystery out of finance and investment for ordinary consumers. These easy-to-read books offer up-to-date advice on saving, investing, protecting one's assets, coping with taxes, and prudent management of personal finances.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764112980
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Business Keys Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Mistakes with 401(k) Plans 1
2. The Case for 401(k) Plans 8
3. What the Terms Mean 12
4. Varieties of Retirement Plans 16
5. 401(k) Plans vs. Traditional IRAs 19
6. 401(k) Plans vs. Roth IRAs 22
7. How Typical Is Your 401(k) Plan? 24
8. How Good Is Your 401(k) Plan? 26
9. The Perfect 401(k) Plan 31
10. What Big Companies Offer 34
11. The Downside of 401(k) Plans 37
12. What People Actually Do 41
13. Types of 401(k) Investors 43
14. Why You Should Start Young 45
15. How Much to Contribute 48
16. How Much You Will Need 52
17. 401(k)s vs. Private Portfolio 56
18. What to Invest In 60
19. Risk Tolerance 63
20. The Importance of Diversification 66
21. Stocks 71
22. Bear Markets 75
23. Company Stock 77
24. Fixed-Income Vehicles 79
25. Mutual Funds 84
26. Cash and Cash Equivalents 88
27. Fund Families 91
28. Stock Funds 92
29. Balanced Funds 94
30. Foreign Stock Funds 96
31. Index Funds 99
32. Fixed-Income Funds 102
33. Guaranteed Investment Contracts 104
34. Life-Cycle Funds 107
35. Which Funds to Buy 109
36. Setting Up a Portfolio 111
37. Asset Allocation 112
38. The Style Box 115
39. Morningstar's Own 401(k) Plan 118
40. Conservative Models 121
41. Aggressive Models 124
42. Comparing Two Models 127
43. Asset Allocation with Funds 130
44. Rebalancing 132
45. Dollar-Cost Averaging 135
46. Modest Market-Timing 138
47. When to Sell a Fund 140
48. Cashing In Your 401(k) 142
49. What to Do If You Change Jobs 146
50. What to Do with Company Stock 148
51. Borrowing from Your 401(k) 150
52. In Case of Hardship 153
53. Getting Help 154
54. Online Help 156
55. The History of 401(k) Plans 158
Questions and Answers 160
Glossary 165
Index 171
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