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How to Avoid Being Forced Out of Your Former Employer's 401(k)
U.S. News & World ReportLink to more items from this source
Jan. 13, 2015

"[If] it's been a while, it can sometimes be difficult to track down former accounts. The first step is to try to get in touch with your former employer. You can also request a Potential Private Pension Benefit Information notice from the Social Security Administration to see if they have any information on file about your former 401(k) plan. The SSA says that between 2004 and 2013 workers left more than 16 million accounts containing $5,000 or less in the plans of former employers cumulatively totaling $8.5 billion."

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