In Spite of the Recovery, More Workers Are Borrowing From 401(k)s

Photograph by Jeffrey Coolidge

One statistic about U.S. household finances is so startling that it deserves its own post: Nearly one in three employees say they took a hardship loan or distribution from their 401(k) retirement accounts last year, up from one in four in 2011. Considering that hardship loans and distributions can trigger penalties or other costs, this is an expensive proposition.

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