I'm depending on memory but it's because after you do up to the match on the 401K, it's usually a good idea to then go for the maximum in a Roth if you qualify. A couple points...I'm a firm believer that I will pay less than 25% effective tax rates in retirement so I personally would not take money out of a tax deferred account to put into a Roth if I had to pay 25% or more in taxes. If your marginal tax rate is 15% or less, I'd agree with putting money in a Roth prior to non matched 401k. That said, I wouldn't stop contributing to a 401k but rather put additional investments in a Roth. That's why the advice was confusing to me. -murray
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