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Author: markr33 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 35342  
Subject: Re: 60 Minutes, 401ks, & Saving Date: 4/20/2009 3:23 PM
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The other thing that this particular guy should realize is the following. First let's assume that he (Alan Weir, the subject of this report), just like most other people, started to seriously save for retirement at age 30-35, or about 25-30 years ago. If he would have instead invested in safe treasuries, he probably would be at the same account balance as he is today (or perhaps even lower due to the massive equity bull market during the 80's and 90's). Charlie, there is no way for everyone to invest in their 401(k) in bonds as you do, or even invest entirely in corporate bonds in any way shape or form because there simply aren't enough corporate bonds to go around. So, by definition, it would end up being, at least partially, put into treasury bonds, and they barely keep up with inflation not to mention attempting to accrue some real gains over the 30 years of saving for retirement.
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