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401(k) Calculator

A 401(k) can be one of your best tools for creating a secure retirement. It provides you with two important advantages. First, all contributions and earnings to your 401(k) are tax-deferred. You only pay taxes on contributions and earnings when the money is withdrawn. Second, many employers provide matching contributions to your 401(k) account. The combined result is a retirement savings plan you cannot afford to pass up.

Your 401(k) could be worth TOTAL_AT_END_OF_INVESTMENT after YEARS years.

This was calculated with your current contribution of CONTRIBUTE_ANNUAL per year and a current 401(k) balance of STARTING_AMOUNT. Your current plan has you contributing CONTRIBUTE_PERCENT of your annual salary up to the IRS annual maximum of CONTRIBUTE_MAXIMUM. **GRAPH**

Your 401(k) total also includes an employer match of EMPLOYER_MATCH of your contributions, up to EMPLOYER_MAX of your annual salary. Your current 401(k) plan has your employer contributing EMPLOYER_ANNUAL per year. To receive your employer's maximum match of EMPLOYER_DOLLARS, you should contribute at least EMPLOYER_CALC_MAX of your annual salary to your 401(k). Without your employer's match, your ending 401(k) would be reduced to NOMATCH_AT_END_OF_INVESTMENT.

Results Summary
Current 401(k) balance STARTING_AMOUNT
Years to invest YEARS
Annual rate of return RATE_OF_RETURN
Annual salary ANNUAL_SALARY
Expected annual salary increase SALARY_INCREASE
Percent to contribute CONTRIBUTE_PERCENT
Your 401(k) contribution* CONTRIBUTE_ANNUAL per year
Your employer's 401(k) match EMPLOYER_ANNUAL per year
This is a EMPLOYER_MATCH employer matchup to a maximum of EMPLOYER_MAX of your annual salary.
Total you will contribute TOTAL_AMOUNT_YOU_HAVE_PAID_IN
Total your employer will contribute TOTAL_AMOUNT_EMPLOYER_PAID_IN
Total at age AGE_OF_RETIREMENT TOTAL_AT_END_OF_INVESTMENT
Total without employer match NOMATCH_AT_END_OF_INVESTMENT

*Your total contribution for one year is based on your annual salary times the percent you contribute. However, your annual contribution is also subject to certain maximum total contributions per year. The annual maximum for 2016 is $18,000. Beginning at age 50 and higher, a "catch-up" provision allows you to contribute an additional $6,000 into your 401(k) account. It is also important to note that employer contributions do not affect an employee's maximum annual contribution limit.

401(k) Balance by Year

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401(k) Calculator Definitions

Percent to contribute
This is the percentage of your annual salary you contribute to your 401(k) plan each year. Most employers permit employees to contribute up to 100% of their salary to a 401(k).
Annual salary
This is your annual salary from your employer before taxes and other benefit deductions. Since your contribution and company match are based on the salary paid to you by your employer, do not include any income you may receive from sources other than your employer.
Annual contribution limits
Your total contribution for one year is based on your annual salary times the percent you contribute. However, your annual contribution is also subject to certain maximum total contributions per year. The annual maximum for 2016 is $18,000. Starting at age 50 or older, a "catch-up" provision allows you to contribute an additional $6,000 into your 401(k) account. It is also important to note that employer contributions do not affect an employee's maximum annual contribution limit.

It is important to note that some employees are subject to another form of contribution limitations. Employees classified as "Highly Compensated" may be subject to contribution limits based on their employer's overall 401(k) participation. If you expect your salary to be $120,000 or more in 2016 or was $120,000 or more in 2015, you may need to contact your employer to see if these additional contribution limits apply to you.

Current age
Your current age.
Age of retirement
Age you wish to retire. This calculator assumes that the year you retire, you do not make any contributions to your 401(k). So if you retire at age 65, your last contribution occurs when you are actually 64.
Current 401(k) balance
The starting balance or current amount you have invested or saved in your 401(k).
Annual rate of return
The annual rate of return for your 401(k) account. This calculator assumes that your return is compounded annually and your deposits are made monthly. The actual rate of return is largely dependent on the types of investments you select. The Standard & Poor's 500® (S&P 500®) for the 10 years ending Dec. 1st, 2015, had an annual compounded rate of return of 7.76%, including reinvestment of dividends. From January 1970 through to Dec. 2015, the average annual compounded rate of return for the S&P 500®, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 10.5% (source: www.standardandpoors.com). Since 1970, the highest 12-month return was 61% (June 1982 through June 1983). The lowest 12-month return was -43% (March 2008 to March 2009). Savings accounts at a financial institution may pay as little as 0.25% or less but carry significantly lower risk of loss of principal balances.

It is important to remember that these scenarios are hypothetical and that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are generally subject to higher risk and volatility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index and the compounded rate of return noted above does not reflect sales charges and other fees that Separate Account investment funds and/or investment companies may charge.

Annual salary increase
The annual percentage you expect your salary to increase. We assume that your salary will continue to increase at this rate until you retire.
Employer match
An employer match is in addition to your annual contributions. It is based on a percentage of your annual contributions. This range can be anywhere from 0% to 100%.

For example, let's assume the employer matches 50% of the employee's contributions up to 6% of their salary. The employee earns $100,000 per year and contributes 10%. The results would be:

  • $10,000 from the employee
  • $3,000 from the employer (which is 50% of $6,000 or 6% of the annual salary)
  • Total: $13,000

Please read the definition for "Employer maximum" for a detailed description of maximum employer matching contributions. It is also important to note employer contributions do not affect the maximum amount allowed to be contributed by an employee. Matching contributions can be subject to a vesting schedule. See your plan information for details.

Employer maximum
This is the maximum percent of your salary matched by your employer regardless of the amount you decide to contribute. For example, let's assume your employer has a 50% match, up to a maximum of 6% of your annual salary. If you have an annual salary of $25,000 and contribute 6%, your annual contribution is $1,500. With a 50% match, your employer will add another $750 to your 401(k) account. If you increase your contribution to 10%, your annual contribution is $2,500 per year. Your employer match, however, is limited to the first 6% of your salary and remains at $750.


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