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November 13, 2006

Podcast for 11/13/06: 401(k) Plans Come Up Short

401kcover_1Kim Snider interviews Annika Sunden, research associate at the Center for Retirement Resarch at Boston College, talks about her book, Coming Up Short: The Challenge of 401(k) Plans. She details the choices people must make, and how we make mistakes almost every step of the way.

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Show length: 21:31

0:00  Show open and introduction
1:55  Kim Snider asks Annika Sunden, research associate at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, about her book, "Coming Up Short: The Challenge of 401(k) plans. What did she set out to study, and what did she find?
3:43  Some of the mistakes people make in their 401(k)s
6:24  Kim asks about the lack of choices many people face in their 401(k)s.
7:34  Are people overwhelmed by too many choices
8:51  Are people unprepared to decide where to invest?
10:32 What can employers do to offer better support?
12:08 What are some of the mistakes people make when they take out loans or early distributions from their 401(k)s?
14:43 Do younger workers feel they're far enough from retirement that it's OK to raid their 401(k) accounts?
15:22 Kim goes over the five decisions we make in our 401(k)s.
        1. Should I participate
        2. How much should I contribute
        3. How should I direct the investments
        4. WHen should I rebalance
        5. How do I make the money last
    Do you think people realize they're making mistakes?
16:28 Would it be helpful if people had a benchmark to compare their progress to?
18:58 Kim asks Annika if she could pick one thing that would make a meaningful difference to how people control their 401(k)s, what would it be? Annika says save.

Coming Up Short: The Challenge of 401(k) plans
Center for Retirement Research, Boston College


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