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Author: phooley Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 75890  
Subject: Re: Sorry Date: 4/25/2001 2:29 PM
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I'm not a TMF staffer, but I'll take a shot at it... if you had composed your post as follows:

In a nutshell, it works like this: If a highly compensated employee (e.g. $104,000 annually) chooses to contribute at a rate of 15% per pay period, they will reach the $10,500 legal limit after the 17th pay period out of 26, after which they will no longer contribute. Their match of dollar for dollar up to 3% of pay will amount to $2,160, and they will have missed out on the 3% match for the last 8 pay periods of the year.

<pre>

Pay Period 15 Percent 3% Co. 10 Percent 3% Co.
Match Match
Pay Amount 401(k) Match 401(k)

1 $4,000 $600 $120 400 $120
2 $4,000 $600 $120 400 $120
3 $4,000 $600 $120 400 $120
4 $4,000 $600 $120 400 $120
(etc.)
17 $4,000 $600 $120 400 $120
18 $4,000 $300 $120 400 $120
19 $4,000 400 $120
20 $4,000 400 $120
21 $4,000 400 $120
22 $4,000 400 $120
23 $4,000 400 $120
24 $4,000 400 $120
25 $4,000 400 $120
26 $4,000 $- $- 400 $120
$10,500 $2,160 $10,400 $3,120
</pre>

Then I think it would have looked like you wanted -- but I couldn't figure out all of your column headings.

The main thing is, you have two choices when formatting a TMF post:
(1) either use the "table" option, and provide ALL your own line breaks, or
(2) use the <pre> and </pre> tags around the part you want to show up in tabular form, and type the rest of your post, free-form.

HTH,
Phooley in Phoenix
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