401 (K) Participants - Work with a Professional.

Although most workers accept responsibility for financing their retirement and rely primarily on their 401(k) plans to get them there, many workers aren't sure that they can manage the 401 k plans effectively, according to a Schwab Retirement Plan Services nationwide survey with more than 1,000 participants. Nearly nine in ten participants (89%) believe they'll be responsible for funding their "golden years" through a 401(k). The anticipated use of these plans fuels this self-reliance:
  • 61% report that the 401(k) is their only or largest source of savings
  • 55% have increased their savings rate in the past two years
  • 70% say their plan is in better shape than ever
However, that savings in a 401(k) is not enough to instill confidence for many participants:
  • 52% find their investment explanations are even more confusing than those of their health benefits
  • 57% would like an easier way to determine the best investments
  • 34% feel stress over allocating their plan dollars correctly
Of the workers surveyed, 61% want personalized investment advice on everything from asset allocation to risk tolerance and retirement income planning. Investment confidence nearly doubled when workers have the help of a financial professional. More than two in three respondents (61%) expressed confidence in making the right choices with professional advice, compared with one in three (32%) who relied on only their own abilities.

"Getting more workers engaged in professional 401(k) advice should be a top priority for employers," says Steve Anderson, head of Schwab Retirement Plan Services. "At Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc., participants who used third-party, professional 401(k) advice tended to increase their savings rate, were better diversified, and stayed the course in their investing decisions."

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