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A Mistake With Lingering Regret: Cashing Out Your 401(k) 

Each year, 5.9 million American women enrolled in 401(k) plans will change jobs. 2.4 million, or 41%, will cash out their 401(k) completely. Cash out regret is real and increases as we age.

To learn more about cashing out and why women should avoid it whenever possible, read WISER's blog featuring guest author, Tom Hawkins from the Retirement Clearinghouse.


Featured Resources: Social Security

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Social Security is the foundation of retirement income for most Americans. That is why it is important to learn about how Social Security works and understand what your options are so you can get the benefit you deserve and avoid costly mistakes.

To get started, check out WISER's guide, Social Security: What Every Woman Needs To Know. For more resources, visit the Social Security section of the website, and be sure to sign up for your online Social Security account at



Thank You for a Successful Event!

Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors and attendees who participated in WISER's recent forum, New Perspectives: An Intergenerational Discussion on Retirement Solutions.

This forum featured the iOme Challenge winning team of students from Michigan Tech University who discussed their essay in response to this year's Challenge question. The iOme [I OWE ME] Challenge encourages students to challenge status quo thinking about the current state of retirement and propose policy recommendations. Congratulations to the team on a great presentation and lively discussion.

Presentations from the event are available on WISER's events page.

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