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Philadelphia fan empties his 401k to see the Eagles win the Super Bowl

MarketWatch logo MarketWatch 2/5/2018 Shawn Langlois

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The 401(k) is having a moment.

President Donald Trump has been constantly touting his administration’s role in making them fatter. Social media is alive with 401(k) millionaires celebrating the milestone by sharing their financial statements online.

And now this from a Philly fan. 

Of course, this guy’s retirement never really had a chance if he emptied his entire account to pay for a Super Bowl trip. The average price of a ticket this year came to about $5,000. Let’s say he brought his whole family of four, paid for a hotel room, maybe even some round-trip flights. So, about $30,000 at most?

That’s well below the average saved for those using 401(k)s, which Vanguard says is almost $100,000. Then again, most Americans don’t even have a 401(k), so in that regard, this Philadelphia fan was ahead of the game. Until he spent it all.

The perhaps ill-advised nature of the move wasn’t lost on Twitter:

After the Eagles defied oddsmakers and beat the Patriots in a shootout, it’s doubtful this Philly fan is regretting his decision.

Related video: 4 reasons your 401k may be a giant rip-off (provided by CNBC)


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