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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Protecting Your 401(k) and IRA by Bill Lane, Jennifer Lane

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Your 401(k) Investment Choices

Employers are required to pick a list of investment offerings for the 401(k) plan as part of choosing the company they hire to administer your plan. These plan providers are often familiar, big-name investment brokers like Fidelity Investments and Vanguard Group. Insurance companies like Principal Financial Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. provide 401(k) plans, as well. The plan provider acts as the plan trustee and handles all the complicated back-office operations required of a 401(k) plan.
Plan providers send you regular account statements and provide access to your account online. They coordinate with the plan administrator who’s responsible for managing the tax and legal aspects of the plan. If you ...

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