28 Feb 2017

Trump Makes Bribery Great Again

[sgmb id=”2″] A little-known segment of the Dodd-Frank bank reform bill has been revoked by Trump’s  Republican Congress and it allows major global corporations to do what they do to get business done: bribe foreign governments. The measure to repeal Section 1504 passed by a vote of 52-47 strictly according to

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24 Feb 2017

The Darkest View of Retirement and Income Inequality

[sgmb id=”2″] An earlier post on this site (Feb. 23, 2017) pointed out the retirement crisis in America is not getting any attention. But just because it is not getting noticed, it does not mean the crisis will go away. On the contrary, it will only get worse, aggravated by the nation’s wealth gap and attempts to alter

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23 Feb 2017

What Retirement Crisis Are You Talking About?

[sgmb id=”2″] The financial media operates 24 hours a day and despite the proliferation of company, market and economic news and endless commentary, financial journalists are avoiding any discussion about the biggest financial crisis facing every American: the retirement crisis. Politicians don’t want us to talk about it since this is the ultimate form of

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19 Feb 2017

Re-Vitalize Corporate Communications Using the Trump Approach

[sgmb id=”2″] Face it: the world of corporate communications is pretty unimaginative and bland. It could use some rejuvenation.  And now, this is possible thanks to the cutting-edge communications techniques used by the ranting Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump. No need for any more staid, predictable, stage-managed shareholder meetings and sincere-sounding Letters from

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16 Feb 2017

Retirement Planning in the Trump Era

[sgmb id=”2″] Even in the best of times, retirement planning is never an easy or fun task. Now, this task is being made more difficult because the Trump Administration and top Republicans are considering plans to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, reducing benefits, adjusting tax brackets and deductions, raising the

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09 Feb 2017

Judge Rules Conflict-of-Interest Has No Place in Investing, But Investors Must Still Beware

[sgmb id=”2″] When a federal court judge ruled on Feb. 8, 2017 that the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule must still stand despite furious protests from the financial services lobby, it did not mean individual investors would automatically be protected from errant financial rep who continue to sell products

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08 Feb 2017

John Birch-Neoliberal Political Policies Ascend Under Trump

[sgmb id=”1″] Most average investors don’t know about the political philosophy of neoliberalism, but they would recognize its main ideas since they now hear them everyday out of Washington. Since it re-emerged after World War II, neoliberalism (the 20th century resurgence of 19th century ideas associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism),

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06 Feb 2017

How $17 Billion Annually Goes Into the Pockets of the Financial Industry and Not Investors

[sgmb id=”2″] What does $17 billion mean to you? If you are an American investor, you should take note since this is your money. If you are in the financial services industry, you should take note because it is the money you get from fees, expenses and rebates that unsuspecting

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03 Feb 2017

Caveat Emptor: Trump’s Move to Revoke Dodd-Frank Means More Anti-Investor Initiatives Coming

[sgmb id=”2″] The Trump administration’s announcement today that it is moving to revoke the individual investor protections is bad news for unsophisticated, individual investors who are having a hard time saving for retirement and making higher return investments. Today’s announcement is the culmination of hundreds of millions of dollars spent

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