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Forbes: 10 Steps to Boost Your 401(k) Balance

Not everything is a hardship.

Beyond loans, hardship withdrawals are allowed under special circumstances. If you read the rules wrong, you could be required to repay the amount you took out plus earnings. For example, a hardship withdrawal is allowed if you're in foreclosure proceedings, but not just because you're a few months behind on your mortgage payments.

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