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Participants in 401(k) plans and health savings accounts (HSAs) had higher 401(k) account balances than those who saved only in a 401(k), according to a new report by Fidelity Investments. The company’s research also found that those who continuously contributed to their HSA saved most of their contributions, which will help them pay for escalating health care costs in retirement.

On average, 401(k) participants who also contributed to an HSA in 2011 deferred 8.5 percent of their annual salary into their retirement plan, while participants who only saved in their 401(k) contributed an average of 8.1 percent.

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