We media types – either part of the broad and awful alleged left-wing mainstream conspiracy, or those simpler folks working for industry media companies – do tend to have a fairly short attention span. It's just the nature of the news cycle.

But today saw one of those industry studies – the kind that are generated in the dozens, weekly, unlike any other business I've ever covered in a quarter-century of reporting and writing – go virtually viral.

Fidelity Investments released its own data on 401(k) accounts and the news was suprisingly good – the highest balances in the history of Fidelity's tracking balances, and a solid 4 percent gain in accounts in the third quarter.

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