Susan Tompor: How to break into your retirement piggy bank in the crisis

The piggy bank of last resort, known as your 401(k), is far easier to crack now for those enduring financial trauma in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.No one likes the thought of dipping into long term savings, but the financial picture for many families is becoming increasingly bleak. On Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that more than 26 million people filed unemployment claims in the five weeks through last April 18.Stimulus checks, enhanced jobless benefits and short-term options to postpone paying the mortgage will help fill the gap for many.Some people may have an e…

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