Investors in 401(k)s should be applauded for not bailing on the market during the bleak the past few years, Fidelity Investments reported in a study.

In its annual "Building Futures" report, the company said that the average weighted balance of a 401(k) plan in 2003 was $55,000, a 25% increase from 2002. More than 10% of contributors chucked in the maximum $12,000 allowed by law, and most allocated at least 7% of their wages into the plans.

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