401(k)s For Dummies

401(k)s For Dummies


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Want to know what kind of investment mix you need to make your retirement money grow? Don't know what to do with a 401(k) account from your last job? Worried that your company's 401(k) plan doesn't cut it? Relax! This simple, plain-English guide shows you how to manage your accounts, minimize your risks, and maximize your returns.

The Dummies Way
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Icons and other navigational aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* Top ten lists
* A dash of humor and fun

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764554681
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 736,406
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ted Benna, creator of the first 401(k) plan, has more than 30 years of experience as an employee benefits consultant.

Brenda Watson Newmann is Managing Editor at mPower.com, which provides investment advice for retirement and wealth management.

Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Benefiting from Your 401(k).

Chapter 2: Understanding the Important Features of Your 401(k).

Chapter 3: Signing Up for Your 401(k).

Part II: Finding an Investment Strategy That Lets You Sleep at Night.

Chapter 4: Developing a Savings Plan.

Chapter 5: Building Wealth by Taking Reasonable Risks.

Chapter 6: Selecting Investments.

Part III: Getting Your Hands on Your Money.

Chapter 7: Putting Your Hand in the 401(k)ookie Jar.

Chapter 8: Weighing Your Options When You Leave Your Employer.

Chapter 9: Living Beyond the Gold Watch.

Part IV: Floor Plans of the Other Types of "4" Plans.

Chapter 10: Making Sense of the Bizarre 403(b)azaar.

Chapter 11: The Wonderful World of 457 Plans.

Part V: From the Employer's Perspective: Finding the Right Plan.

Chapter 12: Meeting the Small Employer's Challenge.

Chapter 13: Walking in an Employer's Shoes.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Questions Participants Frequently Ask.

Chapter 15: Ten Questions Employers Frequently Ask.

Chapter 16: Ten (or So) 401(k) Mistakes to Avoid.

Chapter 17: Ten Bad Excuses People Give for Not Participating (And Why They're Bad).


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401(k)s For Dummies 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
storyjunkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good introduction/overview to 401(k) plans as a means of funding retirement. A touch on most of the involved elements and variations, with pointers on how to get more specifics from other sources if you need in-depth information on topic. I used it as a launching point for my own questions, and it served beautifully. I recommend this for someone who needs to know what a 401(k) is and what to do with one.
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Awww. Okay.... *she falls onto her back with a sad meow.*
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Dummies books are cool funny and the help you with your problems that you have, and it helped my family
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JustinB More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great for a general understanding of 401(k)'s. It had good anecdotes and information to obtain a tacit knowledge of 401(k)'s. Conversely, the book reiterates a theme of independence and watching out for high fees; but doesn't offer enough inforamtion to procure this strategy. Ulitmately, if you want to have a healthy 401(k), you should read this book, hire a savvy and fairpriced advisor, and understand how your plan works completely. The key to success in retirement is active not passive participation. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly as a first step.