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You go girl! I agree with your comments! As a husband married to a great wife who could care less about anything related to the f-word (financials)I think it is very important for women to tale an active roll in their financial future. And this also applies to men as you (Carol) aptly point out. Let the spouse do the hard work if the other can't stomach the machinations but be part of the process by providing your input as to what you expect and want out of your retirement.

Carol, your company (and my former company) is very good to you (me), I don't think that represents the norm though. Generally speaking, unless a person works for a fortune 500 company their lucky if a pension even gives the employee a choice.

For people like me how can't seem to get my spouse to even stipulate an amount she would expect to live on (I call it the 'God will provide Syndrome') I just periodically update her on what my (our) goals are and so when I die she will have some idea what to expect. I haven't left anything (I hope) to chance I've included my daughter (who enjoys financials)in the process so she can heplp when I'm not around.

I know this is a bit rambling but I thought the wake up call applies to all of us and I hope my strategy in dealing with a particularly resistive spouse may help someone else.
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