Investors in 401(k) plans have more investment options and receive more education about investing for their retirements than they did three years ago, according to the 1999 "Trends and Experience in 401(k) Plans" survey by Hewitt Associates, a management consulting company in Lincolnshire, Ill.

Nearly twice as many employer-sponsored plans, 42 percent, offer 10 or more investment options today than they did in 1997, when 23 percent of 401(k) plans included 10 or more investment options, according to the Hewitt survey of 400 plan sponsors nationwide.

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