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  • How America Saved in 2013: Pretty Well
    A rising stock market, automatic features and professionally managed allocation choices such as target-date funds helped Americans grow their portfolios robustly in 2013, according the Vanguard’s latest How America Saves report.
    • In 2013, the median 401(k) participant account balance was $31,396 a 13 percent increase over the previous year; the average account balance was $101,650, an 18 percent increase over 2012.
    • The adoption of automatic enrollment in Vanguard plans has grown by 70 percent since year-end 2008—and seven in 10 automatic enrollment plans have implemented automatic annual deferral rate increases.
    • At year-end 2013, 40 percent of all Vanguard participants were solely invested in an automatic target-date investment program—compared with 22 percent at the end of 2008.
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  • More Plans Going Automatic
    According to the latest release of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 401(k) Wellness Scorecard, which identifies and examines trends within the firm’s book of retirement plan business:
    • The number of 401(k) plan sponsors adopting automatic enrollment increased 16 percent in 2013.
    • The adoption of automatic annual deferral increases grew 25 percent—and Bank of American Merrill Lynch observed a 20 percent increase in the number of plans using both auto-enroll and auto-escalation features.
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  • Automatic Features and the Power of Bundling
    New research and analysis from Retirement Made Simpler and Lincoln Financial Group demonstrates just how much impact the bundling of automatic features can be when it comes to increasing employee participation and deferral rates.

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  • Retirement Made Simpler Survey of Employee Sentiments on Saving for Retirement
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