Friday, September 01, 2006

If Boomers Have It All, What's Left?

Baby boomers could become known as the generation that took it all, leaving their successors to pay the bills and take the risks the boomers did not have to accept. Look at pensions. Corporate bigwigs (many of them boomers) are protecting their pensions but reducing or eliminating the benefit for younger employees. Instead, younger workers will get defined contribution plans that put all the risk on their shoulders. Companies have deluded themselves into believing that younger employees welcome, even love, the changes. The changes are modern and hip. Portability, direct control, and risk are in. Young employees may end up doing very well. If not, there is a problem. (The New York Times, 01-Sep-2006, National ed., p. C1)

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