Hybrid incentives, 401(k) Plans

WSJ: Incentives to Buy Hybrids Are Dwindling disappearing tax credits and falling fuel prices stretch the payback of hyprids

For instance, let’s say you buy a Honda Civic, which gets 42 mpg and currently has a $525 credit. Assume you drive 15,000 miles a year with gas prices at $2.91 a gallon. The Civic hybrid’s price is some $4,000 higher than a gas-engine Civic, meaning it would take nearly 10 years to recoup the premium in gas savings, according to an Edmunds analysis.

WSJ: 401(k) Plans Face Disparity IssueAs cash-strapped workers curb their 401(k) contributions, more employers could be forced to limit or refund the retirement-plan contributions of higher earners to meet federal nondiscrimination rules.

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