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Maxing out the 401(k)
Name: Douglas Martin
Age: 31
Hometown: North Brunswick, N.J.


I didn't have much invested before Lehman Brothers and the stock market collapsed, but once they did, I jumped on the opportunity and maxed out my contribution to my 401(k) plan.

Last fall, I was only contributing 1% of my salary to my retirement savings. But starting in March, I began contributing 10% so as to get the most from my employer match. That helped me recover the 60% I had lost between Lehman's collapse and the March bottom. I've now seen a 15% return on my contributions since March.

My Fidelity account has tanked the most, and I removed all my funds from them. My DWS RREEF Real Estate Fund and Oppenheimer International Growth Fund have led the way for my gains. I'm 31 so I know the market will recover well before I am ready to retire. I can weather the choppy trading.

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Last updated September 14 2009: 2:51 PM ET
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