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November 13, 2023

Does a 401(k) employer match tempt you to cash out?

  • Large matches can change how employees view their retirement savings, shifting their attitude from “lockbox” to “liquid windfall.”

    Many companies try to help their workers to save for retirement. Employers often offer 401(k)s, company matches and automatic enrollment to encourage saving.

    Much of that effort goes to waste, though, when employees leave. A study published last year in Marketing Science, a peer-reviewed research journal, found more than 40% of departing workers cashed out at least part of their 401(k)s, and most of those drained every dime.

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