Fixing the 401(k)
Lawmakers are floating a number of ideas to protect your retirement savings. Here are a few possible changes.
(Money Magazine) -- What is Washington, D.C. cooking up in response to the retirement savings crisis? With a new administration in town, there's a good chance some reforms may take place. Here's a look at four of the most discussed proposals:
President-elect Barack Obama has proposed temporarily dropping the 10% penalty for hardship withdrawals from an IRA or a 401(k) for amounts up to 15% of your plan or $10,000.
For those age 70½ or older, Obama has proposed temporarily suspending required minimum withdrawals from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.
Under this plan, designed by a nonpartisan group and endorsed by Obama, small businesses without 401(k)s would have to enroll workers in a payroll-deduction savings plan (you could opt out), but no matching contribution would be required.
Proponents of a government-backed retirement savings account that would guarantee an inflation-adjusted return of 3% initially got little support. But recently one of its biggest backers was asked to testify on Capitol Hill - a sign that the plan is getting serious attention.Send feedback to Money Magazine