Industry Voices

SURVEY SAYS: Equal Pay? No Way!

April 5, 2001 - Equal pay for equal work seems a pretty basic concept -- but the reality is another matter, according to our readers. Overall 44% of respondents to our survey felt that men and women were paid equally for the same work. But the perception of reality was dramatically different depending on the sex of the respondent. A whopping 78% of female respondents said "equal pay, no way" (or words to that effect). A near mirror image 71% of male respondents thought that pay was equal for equal work.

SURVEY SAYS: New Year's Resolutions

January 4, 2001 - This week's question had to do with New Year's resolutions, as in - "Did you make any?" While perhaps not quite as "fashionable" as in year's past, roughly 58% of our respondents, made at least one this year, compared with 42% that opted not to - at least not at New Year's. Losing weight and exercising (more) were most commonly cited, with spending more time at home/with family a distant third.

IMHO (In My Humble Opinion): The Limits of Limits

One of the most visible - and eagerly anticipated - components of the proposed pension reform legislation is the increase in the 401(k) deferral amount from $10,500/year to $15,000.

Enthusiasm for this idea seems to be fairly widespread. It has been widely touted by any number of industry groups. Support has also shown up in a variety of individual investor surveys, including our own weekly readership survey that found it to be the most popular component of the proposal.

SURVEY SAYS: Egg-tray Or Extra?

August 2, 2001 - As we noted yesterday, our "acronymically challenged" legislators have given us a tax bill with a less than scintillating --or pronounceable --name. Various commentators, consultants and others have already adopted what THEY think the proper pronunciation --but we wanted to know what YOU think.