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Are Your 401(k) Expenses Reasonable?


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Are you paying a reasonable amount in expenses for your 401(k)? You can check by asking your benefits department to tell you the expense ratio and any other fees for your plan, as required by law, and then compare the total to the average cost of a similar-size plan listed below. The figures were compiled by HR Investment Consultants of Baltimore in the 401k Averages Book.

* These costs assume an average per participant balance of $40,000.

Data: 401k Averages Book


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