A higher percentage of women and of those earning less than $35,000 annually fail to take full advantage of matching funds in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

According to a new survey by TIAA-CREF, while 78 percent of Americans contributing to such a plan receive matching funds, and 77 percent of those who have matching funds manage to put away enough to benefit from the full employer match, that's not the case for either women or low earners.

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