Employee No. 5
Mike Zaleski, Account Manager
Nightmare: The housing market collapses again and I'm left with an overpriced mortgage.
Employee No. 6
Erik Payne, Associate Editor
Nightmare: I'm a pessimist. I don't expect to retire (for many, many reasons) so my biggest fear isn't about saving enough for myself ... it's about saving enough for my children. By the time that generation is born, the global economy is (fingers crossed) bound to look wildly different from what it does today. Assuming there is no widespread collapse of monetary systems, they'll need my financial help to equip themselves with whatever skills and knowledge required to attain gainful employment. My cost of living is already so high that I worry about saving enough for the future while enjoying my life today.
Employee No. 7
Rebecca Wessler, Editor-in-Chief
Nightmare: I have three children that currently range in age from 4 to 7. I fully expect to have all three in college at the same time for at least one year. This already gives me nightmares. I’m planning and saving now, of course, but I dream of the day the cost of college stabilizes or even drops (HA!).
Employee No. 8
Sergio Coimbra, Office Manager
Nightmare: My nightmare is that my daughter doesn’t do well. She’s 25 now. My (financial) life with all its ups and downs, and more downs, has taught me that as long as you have family, a mother, a spouse, brothers and sisters, good friends, you will never end up on the street begging — that would be a nightmare. Being poor is OK, not ideal, but OK.
Employee No. 9
Marc Rapport, Senior Writer
Nightmare: My financial nightmare is that of many if not most Americans my age: Not having my Medicare coverage and Social Security benefits available to me, especially if I live into my 80s or beyond. They’re called “entitlements” and I am entitled to them, having paid into Social Security and Medicare for more than 40 years. Now, members of Congress are blaming those entitlements for the deficit last year’s tax cuts made worse. My nightmare, one that I think we underestimate the likelihood of becoming a reality, is that Congress follows through with threats to cut entitlements to pay for tax breaks.
Employee No. 10
Jen Davis, Vice President of Information Services & Technology
Nightmare: My financial nightmare is putting a large down payment on a house and no longer having that financial cushion in case something happens.
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