One of the great perks of having a “real” job is the retirement plan. Being able to automatically send a portion of your paycheck into an investment account can help you shore up your future. It’s even better if your employer offers a match — that’s free money in your investment account. But what if your … Continued

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Quick facts about the 401(k) A 401(k) is a tax-favored retirement savings account offered by employers Individuals can contribute up to $18,000 a year ($23,000 if age 50 or older) Some employers offer the choice of both a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) You can contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA in the … Continued

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“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. This week’s question: “I know … Continued

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