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The 401(k) Millionaires Club

September 19, 2023

The stock market rebound has significantly increased the number of workers with $1 million or more in their workplace retirement accounts.

According to Fidelity Investments, employees with 401(k) balances exceeding $1 million rose 26 percent in Q2 to 378,000 accounts. These individuals have shown resilience and determination, navigating the ups and downs of the stock market throughout their careers.1

The data from Fidelity's analysis also revealed that these investors' average 401(k) balance reached $1.5 million. While the percentage of individuals in the "401(k) millionaires club" is relatively small, comprising 1.6 percent of Fidelity's investors, it is encouraging to see this number growing after a decline in 2022.1

What's particularly noteworthy is that the positive trend extends beyond millionaires. Average retirement account balances have climbed for the third consecutive quarter (ended Q2), indicating a broader upward move in retirement savings.

It’s always great to read about people seeing success with their retirement accounts. I hope to see the trend continue in the years ahead.

Stocks are represented by the S&P 500 Composite Index, an unmanaged index that is considered representative of the overall U.S. stock market. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index. The return and principal value of stock prices will fluctuate as market conditions change. And shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Once you reach age 73, you must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your 401(k) or any other defined contribution plans in most circumstances. Withdrawals from your 401(k) or any other defined contribution plans are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty.

1. WashingtonPost.com, August 18, 2023