Employees are logging onto the Internet and their internal company intranets increasingly to check on their defined contribution plans.

According to a recent study by the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (PSCA), nearly 40 percent of all businesses that offered 401(k) plans in 1997 also offered some sort of Internet or intranet account access. The study also found that among large sponsors -- companies with 5,000 plan participants or more -- 50 percent offered account access by Internet.

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