The Long Run Blog

Critical Thinking on Money, Finance, and Economics

Unprecedented Government Bailout

My title is just one way to put it. “Fannie/Freddie Shareholders Wiped Out” is another. Over the weekend, the U.S. Treasury announced it’s plan to take over Fannie and Freddie to prevent bankruptcy and shore up the mortgage market. Basically, the government effectively now owns Fannie/Freddie and is using the taxpayer’s balance sheet to keep the world’s financial system from complete meltdown. Continue reading

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Econ Policy, Economics | , , , | Leave a comment

What Disappearing Pensions Mean To You

I remember as a kid hearing older relatives talk about getting their pension as in “Uncle Bob worked for them 35 years and now gets half his salary for the rest of his life”. For better or worse, those traditional “pensions” are slowly fading into history. These “pensions” are plans where your benefit is determined by a formula and guaranteed for life. As people live longer, these plans are becoming more expensive for companies to provide. They also have downsides such as the requirement you must work for the same company for 35 years. It is just not terribly common to be a “company man” anymore. In addition, what are the odds that the company you start out in is going to survive and prosper in what becomes a mature industry 35 years later? Continue reading

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Personal Finance, Retirement | , , , | Leave a comment



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