It seems the more it changes, the more it’s the same. Conflicts-of-interest and charging excessive fees seem to be part of the DNA of major banks (such as Deutschbank and its $10 billion money laundering scheme out of Russia and Wells Fargo), insurance companies and investment firms when it comes to selling
“Trust me,” Trump said, “I’m, like, a smart person.” The unspoken and emerging realization is that President Donald Trump suffers from mental stability, specifically a “Narcissistic Personality Disorder.” While making any psychiatric diagnosis without actually having frequent meetings with a person is based on educated conjecture, it is not without precedent.
Despite its claims to be for “all Americans,” the Trump Administration is moving fast to repeal the historic pro-investor fiduciary ruling that let’s 401(k) investors know the fees, expenses and conflicts-of-interest their financial advisor and 401(k) providers are receiving when selling them mutual funds and annuities for their retirement accounts.
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By now, anyone seriously interested in Exxon’s long and twisted history in the oil industry worldwide can readily find information about its dealings with dictatorships, criminals and shadowy politicians to extract and export black gold from the far reaches of the earth. But, the proposed appointment of ex-Exxon Rex Tillerson
People planning for retirement, along with financial professionals who do retirement planning, should incorporate the risk of medical bankruptcies into contingencies as the Trump administration moves to shift more of the costs of medical treatment to individuals as part of their new conservative policy regime. Bankruptcies due to medical costs
Bad News For the Retirement Industry: 401(k)s and IRA’s Fail Compared to Pension Plans and Milton Friedman Was Wrong
Two of the cherished gems of the investment and retirement industries are being criticized as failing and this means more bad news for Americans planning for retirement. The first gem to be tarnished was shown in an eye-opening research report from the Economic Policy Institute about the failure of 401(k)s and
Every day, about 60,000 baby boomers turn 65 and whether they retire or not, they are entering the older part of the population in greater numbers than any other time in U.S. history. According to the National Institute of Health, there are about 35 million Americans over age 65 and
As President Obama leaves office this month after two terms, people should rightfully assess his achievements, especially those related to financial reform after the largest recession since the Great Depression. But for those who take the time, Obama’s financial reform legacy is non-existent. He had a Democratic majority at the
The Republicans have never hid their distain for regulation and now with the surprise victory of Donald Trump and his arch conservative vice president, the simmering Republican distain for reversing all things from the 1930’s New Deal will are going to be reviewed and partially reversed . This will take