Don't Bet It All On Your Employer

The plunge of Enron stock serves as a warning that workers should not invest too much in their company

Steve Lacey, 45, an emergency-repair dispatcher for a utility company in Salem, Ore., has a personal life that reads like a holiday greeting card. He recently married his longtime love, and after packing boxes over Thanksgiving weekend, they are set to move into their dream house in the country, just in time for Christmas. Lacey's retirement plans, however, are in ruins. He works for the embattled energy-trading firm Enron, and has all his 401(k) savings in Enron stock, which plunged from $90 a share in late 2000 to $4.71 at the end of last week.

Much of that decline has come...

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