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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
David Loeper shows 401k participants (both owners and employees) how to expose the hidden (and often excessive) fees in their 401k plans. Until congress decides to require full fee disclosure, participants will have to fight for it alone. If you don't KNOW that your plan fees are 1% or less, I suggest you follow David's advice and start the difficult task of uncovering your plan's hidden fees.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Most people I talk to would like to be millionaires by the time they retire. That means that investment in retirement accounts or general brokerage accounts should be increased by a couple thousand dollars a year and maintain a decent return. The percentage of return is the main factor in attaining that million-dollar status (especially when the interest starts to overtake the voluntary contributions as the main annual investment). What Loeper shows in fascinating detail in Stop the 401(k) Rip-off is that the companies (insurance companies) that sell the 401(k) plans to employers take a sizable chunk of the return--often before you even see your statement (which may have additional fees shown).

The total damage is scary and may force you to immediately reconsider your retirement planning. After fund expense ratios, administration fees, wrap fees, M&E charges, and countless other fees that make retirement account statements start to look like cell phone statements, the total return may be 4% off of what your money has really made. In other words, a 401(k) plan makes almost as much money for the insurance companies as the employee.

Loeper utilizes multiple charts and examples to make his point that the 401(k) program is a rip-off and we should stop using them. Everyone who invests heavily in these accounts should know what they're getting themselves into and read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2007
As one without a financial background, there seems to be a lack of practical, understandable, quality information on managing and making the most of your 401k. The insights in Loeper's book fill this void. This is especially true regarding the high fees charged by some 401k providers. Following his guidance should help businesses and individual investors determine the true cost of their 401k, minimize those expenses, make better choices, and get the most out of their retirement accounts.

This is not the type of book I'd normally read. Thankfully, a friend a loaned me their copy. Read this book, apply what you learn and enjoy your retirement!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2008
My name is Matthew Hutcheson. I'm an independent pension fiduciary, and have studied retirement plan economics for over fifteen years. Every American worker with a 401(k) (or a 403(b)/457 for that matter) should put this book on the top of their reading list. The information contained in this book could be worth many thousands of extra retirement dollars to you down the road. Mr. Loeper should be congratulated on one of the most important and practical retirement books of the decade.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2007
This book blows the whistle on undisclosed 401(k) fees that are netted against the returns you receive on your hard-earned 401(k) balances. The author guides you on figuring out what fees you might be charged with unawares and provides guidance on what to do if those fees turn out to be excessive. The book puts the costs of excessive fees in the very real context of the very painful impact on your lifestyle (delaying retirement, crimping retirement spending, increasing how much you need to save pre-retirement.) Read this book to learn how to fix your Company's 401(k) plan even if you are just a participant and not the boss. You owe it to yourself and your family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2007
If you are contributing to a 401k plan for the purpose of having money to spend in retirement, you need to read this book. It brings to light things that are impacting the amount of money you will actually have. You will be surprised at what has been allowed to happen in these programs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hidden fees are a drag on your wealth accumulation and retirement goals. To have a better and richer retirement, read this book. Share it with your boss and your H/R department. Don't accept over priced 401(k)'s -- fight back!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2007
The author seems genuinely concerned about people losing money to
unscrupulous money managers. The book is very informative.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2007
Retirement accounts are more important than ever before. With the slow demise of Social Security and Americans' complete inability to save for retirement, the rip off of our 401k retirement plans should be heeded like never before. If you care about your 401K, your IRA, and having a safe, secure retirement, read this book.

Americans are usually about as concerned with retirement planning as they are with the Lithuanian lottery. But that has to stop. Thanks to this book and books like Ric Edelman's most recent maybe people will wake up to the abuse of retirement accounts in this country.

The book is well written, succinct, direct, and holds no punches. The only place it falls a little short is in repetition. At times in later chapters the book repeats what was said earlier.

This is perhaps the best book related to retirement planning I've read. The funniest book related to retirement I've read is Martha Bolton's "Race You To The Fountain of Youth". Race You to the Fountain of Youth: I'm Not Dead Yet (But parts of me are going fast)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2008
What an incredible book! So many people invest in retirement programs. So many companies offer these programs. Sadly, very few people or companies negotiate well or know where to start. I found this book very helpful and a special discovery to the process of reviewing a company's retirement plan.
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