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No one would have expected this farmer to be behind the huge drive in the stock markets

Charles Sainsbury
19. 4. 2023
5 min read

Did you know that this man is probably the biggest driver of the stock markets. His discovery has literally revolutionized the way we do business, and helped many companies and employees. But most importantly, his discovery brings huge amounts of capital into the stock markets every fortnight.

Ted Benna, an 80-year-old man living on a farm in Pennsylvania, is an unexpected figure who has profoundly influenced the American financial market and retirement savings. His discovery and subsequent introduction of 401(k) plans initiated a force that now totals $5 trillion and grows every fortnight. But how did this quiet man get to the center of the financial world? And what impact has his work had on the U.S. market?

In 1980, Ted Benna was working as a consultant for pension plans and in the course of his research he came across a tax loophole in US law. This loophole in the tax law allowed employers to deduct a portion of their employees' pre-tax salaries and direct those funds into pension funds.

At that point, my only thought was, how could I make this opportunity fly?

Benna quickly recognized the opportunities this discovery presented and with his help created the first 401(k) plan.

After Ted Benna presented his idea at a retirement savings conference, 401(k) plans began to spread among American businesses. By the mid-1980s, half of the companies were offering these plans to their employees. Employees could reduce their tax burden and save for retirement at the same time.

I created a monster declared Benna in 2016 to his idea.

At first, 401(k) plans seemed to be a small part of retirement savings. However, by 1990, these plans had $384 billion in assets and 19 million active participants. Today, 50 million Americans use 401(k) plans, contributing greatly to the growth of the financial markets.

The massive inflow of money into the stock market every fortnight is due to the fact that most American employers pay their employees' wages at this interval. So every fortnight, hundreds or thousands of dollars from the salaries of these 50 million Americans are being diverted into the stock market through 401(k) plans, which is definitely helping the markets to grow. This massive inflow of funds into the stock market every 14 days increases trading volume and promotes the growth in stock values.

401(k) plans have had a major impact on the US market, especially on stock investing and retirement savings. Many funds associated with these plans are required to invest in S&P 500 companies, which increases their valuations and makes them less attractive businesses for investors. As a result, 401(k) plans make large U.S. companies increasingly powerful and their stocks rise, sometimes causing the market to overheat.

Despite the massive impact Ted Benna has had on the US market and retirement savings, he remains a humble man living on his farm in Pennsylvania. He considers his discovery a fluke and is happy to have helped change the lives of millions of Americans. His legacy continues in the form of ever-growing 401(k) plans and the impact they have on the market.


401(k) plans have become one of the most important retirement savings tools for Americans. Going forward, it will be important to see how these plans adapt to new challenges, such as demographic changes or the increased need for stability and long-term growth. It is likely that the importance of 401(k) plans will continue to grow and will have a major impact on the lives of millions of Americans.


Ted Benna is the man who changed the American financial market and retirement savings by discovering and popularizing 401(k) plans. His legacy continues in the form of a force that grows every fortnight and influences the markets. Because of his contributions, millions of Americans have the opportunity to save for retirement while the market offers new investment opportunities. Ted Benna is thus not only a story of serendipitous discovery, but also of how an individual can change the world for the better.

These 401(k) plans are also one of the reasons why large and stable companies are quite often overvalued. It is for this very reason that a lot of money simply flows into these companies from the very funds that manage the 401(k) plans.

Ted Benna has become an icon in the retirement savings industry and his story can be an inspiration to the next generation of financial professionals, investors and visionaries. His ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities that have had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people shows that even an individual can have a profound impact on the world around him.

In today's rapidly changing financial environment, it is more important than ever that people are inspired by stories like Ted's and look for new ways to improve the financial system and retirement savings for all. Ted Benna showed us that even a small discovery can have a huge impact, and that each of us has the potential to change the world for the better.

WARNING: I am not a financial advisor, and this material does not serve as a financial or investment recommendation. The content of this material is purely informational.

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