COMMON INVESTMENT TERMS EXPLAINED: Part 8


Here are our last few retirement and education fund terms for you! Next week we’ll jump into the stock market portion of our series, so stay tuned.

401(k) Plan: A retirement plan sponsored by employers. A 401(k) allows employees to make tax-deferred contributions directly from their salaries to the plan. Employers may match a certain percentage of the employee’s contributions. 

403(b) Plan: This is very similar to a 401(k) plan, only it applies to employees of public schools, universities, and non-profit organizations.

457 Plan: Again, similar to a 401(k), but only applies to employees of state and local governments.

529 Plan: An investment program that is supported by state governments to help pay future qualified higher education expenses. There are two types of plans:

  • Pre-Paid 529 Plan: These allow the purchase of academic credits at the present-day cost for future use. The school must be specified when opening the account.
  • College Savings Plans: These allow contributions to an investment account for application to higher education costs. The school does not have to be specified.

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