Don’t Take Out a 401k Loan

Action Tip:  Don’t take out a 401k loan. It’s not smart. It’s not wise.

You put yourself in an unbelievable bind when you do.

You unplug money for the short-term that’s supposed to be working for the very long-term. You substitute paying compounding interest for earning compounding interest. What you need is an emergency fund to access right away, not a retirement fund with no emergency fund to tap.

Not only that, you’re trapped in the job because you have to pay it within 60 days if/when you leave. Then, if you can’t pay, you get hit with taxes and a 10% penalty. Watch your productivity at work go right down when you’re weighed down and stressed out by a 401k loan.

Don’t believe your broke coworkers who brag how easy, smart and helpful it is to do. It’s not.

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