What is auto-escalation and SMarT? In a nutshell, a painless way to increase your savings.

Many companies are now offering auto-escalation in their 401(k) plans. With auto-escalation, your contribution level is automatically increased at regular intervals, typically 1% a year, until it reaches a preset maximum. Ask your employer whether your plan has an auto-escalation feature.

Your company may offer a program called SMarT, which stands for Save More Tomorrow. Under the SMarT program, employees agree today to increase their 401(k) contribution rate in the future, generally when they receive their next raise. SMarT is an easy, painless way to set yourself up for regular contribution increases that coincide with pay increases, so you don’t feel the pinch of saving more. *

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