Letters: Feb. 18, 2002

You're on Your Own

Daniel Kadlec's "You're on your own" [COVER STORIES, Jan. 28] chillingly summed up the predicament of 21st century Americans: we have a surfeit of choices but no guidance. Not being proficient in financial matters, I have consulted advisers who know even less than I do as well as those who tout their one-size-fits-all plans in spite of their obvious unsuitability to my circumstances.

Aaron Goodman's evocative illustration for Kadlec's essay--a picture of a forlorn citizen adrift in a rowboat and desperately seeking help--was inaccurate in one respect. Most of us don't even have the benefit of...

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