While on vacation last summer my family took a break from boating and stopped at the lake resort’s candy shop “The Sugar Shack”. My kids were each allowed to choose any candy of their liking. Just imagine being a kid and walking into the shop with aisles of glass candy jars filled with any kind of candy imaginable. There were so many choices and it was difficult for them to decide… chocolate, toffee, gummy bears, etc. Both kids wandered around the store for many minutes. Each paralyzed to make a choice for fear they would make a mistake and want something different. Just before I was to lose my patience my daughter decided, but it took several more minutes before my son picked up a scoop. In the end my daughter chose just one candy (white grapefruit gummy slices), while my son ended up with an assortment of candies (mostly of the chocolate variety).
Posts tagged ‘qualified retirement plan’
It’s January. A new year. A time of resolutions. School resumes. Football continues. The Grammys. Weather so cold my Labrador Retriever goes outside in a jacket (here in Iowa). Juan Pablo is The Bachelor. Retirement Readiness. Wait. What? That’s right. Retirement readiness. We all want to retire one day. So let’s be ready. Read more
I recently wrote a blog post for Employee Benefit Adviser. If you didn’t see it there, we are reposting it here on The Principal® blog. Article originally posted at http://eba.benefitnews.com.
There is a movement afoot to put state governments in the business of offering retirement plans to private citizens, which would ultimately eliminate opportunities and siphon business away from financial professionals. Read more
Let’s face it, Americans love top 10 lists. David Letterman includes one in every episode of the show, and if you Google top 10 lists you will find an array of results that range from the predictable to the just plain strange.
- 10 absurd trademark claims
- 10 video game characters with real-life prototypes
- 10 competitive eating achievements NOT to be tried at home
I recently put together a top 10 list (of sorts) for Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). It outlines in ten steps the activities that need to be completed to put a plan in place.
The ten steps are:
(1) Engage your ESOP consultant
(2) Conduct an ESOP feasibility analysis
Recently I was returning to Des Moines from New York City via Minneapolis. The flight out of New York City’s Laguardia Airport was delayed and there were several passengers that were going to have very tight connections (and to compound the issue many of those connections were the last flight of the day). The flight attendant asked those passengers with Minneapolis as their final destination to let the others exit first to increase their likelihood of making their connecting flights.