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Professionally managed retirement accounts were the hot 401(k) trend in 2011, according to Vanguard’s “How America Saves 2012” report. It found that 33 percent of all Vanguard 401(k) plan participants invested their entire account balance in either a single target-date fund (TDF) or balanced fund or through a managed account advisory service.

Of those, 24 percent invested in a single TDF; 6 percent invested in a single traditional balanced fund; and 3 percent invested in a managed account advisory program. In 2005, only 9 percent of Vanguard’s 401(k) plan participants invested in managed retirement accounts.

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