Plan Sponsors Ask…

May 25, 2016 | posted in: Plan Sponsor Corner | by

Q. Can Participants Really Save $1 Million in Their 401(k) Plans?
A. Many participants really can save $1 million in their 401(k) plans by contributing a modest percentage of pay, if they start early, invest well, and receive regular pay raises.
Columnist Andrea Coombes came to that conclusion after tinkering with the 401(k) calculator at Specifically, Coombes says a participant earning $75,000 annually and receiving 3% pay raises each year could accumulate $1 million by contributing 7.3% of pay every year for 30 years. The participant would need to get a 7% rate of return on the account and an employer match of 50% of the first 6% of contributions. A goal of $1 million in retirement savings very likely seems out of reach to many participants. Regularly communicating about saving and investing, including showing projections translated into retirement income “paychecks,” can make a difference.
Read Coombes’ MarketWatch column for more information at
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