Deep Dive: This long-term investment leads to a guaranteed 100% return on Day 1

As we head into 2017 and consider New Year’s resolutions that usually involve dieting, here’s an idea that can make you, or someone you care about, a lot of money: Take full advantage of the company 401(k) match. Yes, a lot of money.

In May 2015, Financial Engines released the results of a study that concluded workers in the U.S. were leaving $24 billion a year on the table because they don’t contribute enough to take full advantage of employers’ matching 401(k) retirement-plan contributions.

A 401(k) is a tax-deferred retirement plan that allows you to contribute a portion of your salary before taxes.

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