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I start a new job next week. They offer a 401(k) plan that matches .50 per dollar up to 6% contributed. A fairly common practice, but by old company did not have a contribution.

In the past I have always contributed to my 401(k) for the tax savings and for the "free" money when I had a plan that matched. Now that I'm learning the ways of the Fool I'm not sure if I should still contribute to a 401(k) or put the money into stocks.

I am leaning to the more safe (I know it's a bad word!) 401(k) contribution. But, I'm very excited about the Fool concept of the dow dividend approach to investing in stocks.

Any comments would be very appreciated.

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