We continued our conversation about personal finance.
Parts 1 and 2 can be found here.
Here we discussed the inherent shortcomings of 401(k) accounts, and why the New Schoolâ€™s Teresa Ghilarducci has been called the â€œMost Dangerous Woman in America.â€ I lament the public sectorâ€™s failure to properly finance its retirement obligations, which undercuts the political case for professionally-managed defined-benefit pensions.
We also discussed how the current system of tax-favored savings vehicles favors the affluent. I discuss my favorite subject: Me. We discussed how my own family righted our financial ship after a crisis using strategies that less-affluent Americans could not realistically emulate. . We tend to judge people as individuals when they respond to adversity. Yet the individuals and families most able to weather such crises are often those in the most advantageous situations.