The reality is that the median account balance in the U.S. is only around $100,000 as of 12/8/2016, according to Fidelity. Among employees participating in a 401k for at least 10 years, the average balance hit $251,600, up 12% from a year ago.
At least the median has risen by over 100% from around $47,000 during the depths of the bear market in 2009. Furthermore, the current median account balance is now higher than pre-crash 2007 levels of $74,781 thanks to contributions.
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