Don't Give Up Yet

Sure, your 401(k) took a beating. But it can still be a big contributor to retirement savings

Illustration for TIME by Dan Page

Okay. Your 401(k) hasn't lived up to the hype, but remember that even Warren Buffett lost $25 billion in the Great Recession. You've just survived one of the most harrowing periods in the history of modern finance. If you lost less than a third of your portfolio, you fared reasonably well. Your 401(k) may not be all it was cracked up to be, but with tax-deferred growth and a company match, it's still one of the best tools you have to get your retirement back on track. Handled with care (diverse, conservative investments) and given time to replenish (five to 10...

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