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Unlocking 401K Wisdom: Trends and Strategies for 2024

Updated: Jan 10



What?

As we step into 2024, the 401(k) plan continues to be a cornerstone for retirement savings. This year brings noteworthy changes that can impact your retirement planning strategy. For a comprehensive understanding of the basics of 401(k) plans, refer to our earlier post: "401(k) Explained: Your Roadmap to a Wealthy Retirement".


The key updates for 2024 include enhanced contribution limits: $23,000 for individuals, with an additional catch-up contribution of $7,500 for those aged 50 and over. This results in a significant increase in the combined limit for employee and employer contributions, now totaling $69,000 [1]​​​. Alongside these changes, Roth 401(k) plans are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to their tax-free growth and withdrawal advantages. Furthermore, a pivotal inclusion this year is the eligibility of part-time employees to participate in 401(k) plans, broadening the scope of who can benefit from these retirement savings tools.


Contribution

2024

2023

Change

401(k) Employee

$23,000

$22,500

+$500

401(k) Catch-up for 50+

$7,500

$7,500

None

401(k) Employee + Employer

$69,000

$66,000

+$3,000


So What?

These changes signify a more inclusive and flexible retirement planning landscape. Higher contribution limits empower individuals to save more, potentially securing a more comfortable retirement. The availability of Roth 401(k) provides tax diversification, beneficial for those expecting higher tax rates in the future. Inclusion of part-time employees opens retirement savings opportunities to a broader workforce​​.


Now What?

  • Adapting to New Limits: With the increased 401(k) contribution limits for 2024, it's vital to reassess your budget to see if you can allocate more towards your retirement savings. This is an opportunity to accelerate your retirement fund's growth.

  • Strategic Roth 401(k) Use: Given the rising popularity of Roth 401(k) plans, consider how their unique tax benefits can fit into your long-term retirement strategy, especially if you're anticipating higher taxes in retirement.

  • Inclusivity for Part-Time Employees: If you’re a part-time employee, take full advantage of your new eligibility for 401(k) participation. For employers, this is the time to educate your part-time workforce about the benefits of 401(k) enrollment.

  • Balancing Retirement Vehicles: Beyond maximizing your 401(k), explore balancing your retirement portfolio with other vehicles such as IRAs, HSAs, or taxable accounts, to create a diversified and resilient retirement strategy.

  • Proactive Engagement: Stay actively engaged with your 401(k) plan. Regularly review your investment choices, fees, and the overall performance of your portfolio, and make adjustments as needed to stay aligned with your retirement goals.


Embracing the changes and opportunities in the 401K landscape for 2024 is crucial for securing a financially stable retirement. With increased limits, diverse options, and broader eligibility, now is the time to wise up your retirement planning. Remember, every step taken today towards your 401K is a stride toward a wiser, more secure future.


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