Salient to Investors:

Beth McHugh at Fidelity Investments said average balances in 401(k) accounts in the US rose 12 percent from a year earlier to a record high of $77,300 at year-end 2012 – 2/3 of the increase from market appreciation, the remainder from contributions.

ICI says Americans held $3.5 trillion in 401(k) accounts as of Sept. 30 2012.

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