Fidelity Investments says it expects its retirement assets to continue growing this year as both employers and employees become more engaged with 401(k) plans.

Beth McHugh, a vice president of market insight at the Boston fund company, said in an interview Wednesday that assets would rise as more employers automatically enroll employees in 401(k) plans and begin using features that let 401(k) contributions be automatically increased annually. "If we can auto-increase contributions to 10% or more, we are going to be able to help insure that more employees are really ready for retirement," she said.

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