Generally speaking, the more money you make, the more of an incentive it is for you to contribute to your 401(k) since you will save more in taxes by contributing. It should be noted however that contributing to a 401(k) regardless of your income level will still help you save money on taxes.
“The fact that the average millionaire didn’t go to an elite school is great news for many Americans who can’t afford an expensive education. The state university or community college can provide a solid foundation for the future. You don’t need a prestigious diploma to win with money.” – Chris Hogan
…and it’s preposterous!
Plans with fewer assets are charged more for managing/administering a 401(k) than plans with more assets, according to data from the 401k Averages Book 19th Edition. And, that is not the only driver for cost disparity. Even plans with similar account balances may be charged differently.
Did you know that almost 40% of 401(k) participants believe they don’t pay fees; about 20% didn’t even know there were fees associated with their 401(k); and, about 15% don’t understand how fees are calculated. Yet, nearly every 401(k) provider charges fees. So, how do you determine what fees you are paying, and how much those fees cost you in retirement?
Nondiscriminatory testing is often performed on behalf of plan sponsors by the record-keeper or a third-party administrator (TPA). However, it is vital that plan sponsors understand the basics of the testing. For example, what types of contributions are tested, how the test is conducted and what happens when a plan fails.
Most surveys that poll 401(k) participants have “no idea” if their investments are “good, bad, or ugly.” And, when you are planning for retirement, you want to know that the funds you are investing are generating wealth and not just sucking money out of your account due to hidden or overpriced fees.