In Brief: Jun. 12, 2000

BYE-BYE, RAT RACE? The beefy returns of the past three years have bulked up many 401(k) accounts. But if you're thinking early retirement, first check the fine print. To withdraw money without a 10% penalty, you must work until you're at least 55 (although hanging on till age 59 1/2 gives you a better deal). In either case, you can defer a sharp tax bite by rolling the funds into an IRA.

CPI INSURANCE With the sizzling U.S. economy sparking fears of inflation, and the stock market now wobbling, investors are increasingly turning to Series I savings bonds for a measure...

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