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23 Jul 2015

What the Financial Services Industry and Psychopaths Have in Common

At first glance, mentioning the financial service industry and psychopaths in the same sentence seems insulting, illogical and controversial, especially to financial professionals and investors who, for different reasons, must hold the financial industry in high esteem. Linking these two terms is especially sensitive since the common view is that psychopaths are

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20 Jul 2015

Should Financial Advisors Criticize Capitalism?

Financial advisors today find themselves in a major ethical dilemma: Should they represent their own monetary interests before those of less-sophisticated clients? Or, should they mention, as history has repeatedly shown, that the larger financial system contains more built-in major risks that cannot be hedged and can destroy years of accumulated

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17 Jul 2015

Is Your Financial Adviser Working Against You?

Most businesses value their customers, but inherent conflicts-of-interest in the financial services industry unfortunately prove this is too often not true. Here’s why: The daily business in financial services is selling financial products, often without regard to fees and overall costs of the investment. Too often, this means more expensive

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Freelancers on the financial tightrope
12 Jul 2015

A Bad New Trend for Retirement

As the number of part-time workers continues, more workers are now becoming freelancers to make an income.  But this large shift comes at even larger price: freelancers do not get benefits, including the all-important 401(k) plan and its critical employer match. According to a CNBC report, over 53 million Americans

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01 Jul 2015

Examining Why More Americans Are Considering Becoming Expatriates

“Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.” — Stephen Decatur, U.S. Navy captain, (1779-1820)   The United States may always be right, but sometimes people decide they want to watch the nation from another location. That

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The odd couple
30 Jun 2015

How Neo-Conservatism Affects Investors and the Financial Services Industry

Very few industries are as blatantly anti-customer as the financial services industry. And for good reason. Basically, the financial service industry is bi-furcated into two very separate operations that, when they work together, are anti-consumer, while simultaneously being pro-banking and pro-corporate. In everyday life, too many individual investors are routinely

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