Americans can now tap 401(k)s without penalty. Here's how it works.

People affected by the crisis can access of up to $100,000 of their retirement savings without the usual 10% penalty.
Personal finance experts are warning, however, that you should only dip into your retirement savings in the case of an emergency.
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Some companies are cutting retirement contributions in the COVID-19 cash crunch

Apr 1, 2020
During the Great Recession, about 20% of companies scaled back matching funds.
You probably don't want to check your 401(k) just now, or you might look like this trader did on March 9.
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How the SECURE Act changes saving for retirement

Jan 1, 2020
An economist and a financial planner break down the most important changes in the SECURE Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1.
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One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
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Is the Trump administration leading an "anti-retirement savings movement"?

Nov 1, 2017
There are flaws in our retirement system, but GOP changes could make it worse, one expert says.
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How America's retirement savings system needs to change

Sep 29, 2017
Putnam Investments' CEO has some ideas for making defined contribution plans more relevant.
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Risky business: Tapping retirement funds for other uses

Nov 2, 2012
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
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