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Greetings, majames, and welcome. You asked:

The recent article on when to make contributions to a 401k got me thinking. What if the "free" money your company is offering is in the form of company stock and you wouldn't touch that stock with a 10' pole? Is it still worth using the 401k? If the value of the match goes down, can it take down the returns on the regular investments in the 401k account?

If you have no confidence in the company and it's ability to ensure reasonable prices of its shares through its business practices, then that may be a reason to forgo the match and the 401k in favor of something else.

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