19 Oct 2017

The Great Financial Mystery: What Caused the October 1987 Crash?

  October 19, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the worst single day stock market decline in history, an unprecedented event saw the S&P 500 stock index fall by 23% and sent a shock wave which roiled international financial markets for two years. Yet despite the severity, traders and researchers

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13 Oct 2017

Frankenstein Had Much More Class Than Facebook

In response to the Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, a recent  New York Times article likened Facebook’s deficient advertising policy as an out of control Frankenstein monster. While there is some truth in comparing Facebook, as well as Google and some of the other mega social-media sites to

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09 Oct 2017

Trump and Putin Want to Make Bribery Great Again

One of the less visible goals of the Trump administration is that it wants to allow American corporations to bribe foreign governments to win business. Trump expressed this goal in a discussion with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as reported in the New Yorker. Tillerson, the former head of Exxon

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01 Oct 2017

New Benefit Offering Could Make Employees Indentured Servants

If you are sorry about your meager 4% annual raise or if you did not receive anything at all, you can take heart: Now, there is a new employee benefit being offered to make it easier to borrow from your own future wages. Just like the poorly-regarded pay-day loan industry,

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29 Sep 2017

Give the Colony a Break: Puerto Rico’s Devastating Disaster Story

The poor disaster relief response to Puerto Rico has rightfully attracted national attention, but the many explanations about the failures to alleviate the suffering fail to address the main reason: Puerto Rico is a colony. This means the island, now classified as a commonwealth, is free to be financially and

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10 Sep 2017

In Awe of Hurricane Irma

We don’t think of hurricanes as awesome, majestic spiritual creations, but as deadly destructive natural events. The news covers the meteorology which created the hurricane, but that gets subordinated in favor of announcements about evacuations and preparedness. While those caveats are important, they also cause us to miss a great

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25 Aug 2017

Why Bad PR Forced Principal Life to Settle Its Fiduciary Violations Lawsuit in Record Time

What happens when one of the nation’s largest financial services firms victimizes its own employees?  Simple. It produces one of the fastest financial settlements in court history.   In the case of Krystal M. Anderson and All Others vs. Principal Life Insurance Company, a lawsuit filed in the United States

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24 Aug 2017

The Retirement Crisis Gets Worse

As the stock market continues to make gains, so does the retirement crisis. The latest evidence comes in the form of a new study  from CareerBuilder  and Harris polls shows that almost 8 out of 10 American workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. This is an increase of 

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21 Aug 2017

Nation’s Largest Banks Sued by Pension Funds for Market Manipulation

It looks like the nation’s biggest banks cannot help preying on their own customers, large and small.  The latest case involves the esoteric world of securities lending, which is used for short selling and for hedge funds and is an important means of eliminating “failed” transactions.  In exchange, the lender

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18 Aug 2017

Lending Industry Faces Huge LIBOR-Related Costs Due to Bank Fraud

The recent news that the worldwide LIBOR interest rate is going to be replaced after years of scandals about it being rigged by some of the world’s largest banks has started a slow-motion earthquake that is going to rattle interest rate lending worldwide. It also is going to be one

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