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Many Americans dip into retirement accounts early

Tuesday - 1/15/2013, 7:07am  ET

WASHINGTON - A 401(k) is meant to go untouched until a person retires, but more than a quarter of Americans use their retirement accounts to pay current expenses.

The Washington Post reports the withdrawals, loans and cash-outs from the accounts take nearly 25 percent of the $293 billion put away into retirement accounts each year.

The Post says people in their 40s are the worst offenders, with one-third dipping into their accounts.

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