It’s that season of the year. No, not the obvious holiday season, but the award show season. And I’ve got my own called, The Retirement Plan Year in Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
The reference is, of course, to Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 movie, considered the greatest of the Italian spaghetti westerns, starring Clint Eastwood (the Good), Eli Wallach (the Bad), and Lee Van Cleff (the Ugly).
And so with apologies to the afore-mentioned director and actors, here are my 2009 nominations in each of the three categories.
- The Good: Increased Consumer Spending
- The Bad: Job Losses
- The Ugly: Early Retirements Hurt Social Security System and Many Recipients
You can see the entire "award show" in my December, 2009 column in Employee Benefit News.
So for 2009, that’s a wrap.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.