22 Jun 2017

How Bond Traders Lied in the 2008 Housing Recession

This site has never printed an entire news article from another site, but this is a great story about how bond traders lied during the 2007-2008 housing fraud that led to the financial crash. That housing crash was the result of top-down and bottom-up fraud involving realtors, mortgage companies, hedge

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19 Jun 2017

You Think You Have It Tough? Consider This:

This is an undergraduate who wrote an academic paper we should all get to know: ON THE QUESTION OF BEING Christofer B. Koch ABSTRACT “The question of Being is one of the oldest questions in all of philosophy. It is one of the foundations of metaphysics and is the central

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08 Jun 2017

Waiting for the Market to Fall Under Trump? It Should Happen This Year

Investment professionals with exceptional research skills, proven track records and access to large amounts of data are in a better position to discern the investment future than average people. So with that in mind, here are well-prepared assessments from Kevin C. Smith, CFA, founder and CEO of Crescat Capital, Denver, and

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02 Jun 2017

Concerned About Jobs for the 21st Century? What About Retirement?

Robotics, automation, globalization, the Uber and gig economies have all captured the attention of anyone planning a career or their life over the future decades, but what is missing is the link between these new definitions of work and what happens when work ends. It would be logical to assume

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19 May 2017

Flynn’s Biggest Punishment: Revoke His Pension

Ask any public employee about their salaries and they will always mention their coveted pension. Public employee pensions are one of the last great perks for this employment sector. It is what keeps trash collections going, airplanes flying and the Pentagon staffed (some say, overstaffed) to its highest levels in

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18 May 2017

Whatever Happened to Longevity Annuities?

Once upon, in a galaxy far, far away, concerned elected officials cared about the retirement needs of their many millions of citizens. But those days are over. Today, retirement security continues to be an elusive goal for millions who most likely will never be able to retire and enjoy their

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07 May 2017

Health Care Turmoil Now, Pension Turmoil Tomorrow

First they came for your healthcare. Next, they are coming for your pensions. Yes, it looks like the $3 trillion healthcare industry, as well as pensions in the U.S. are going to go through a major transformation. And, while the final form of the health care is yet to be

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05 May 2017

Baby You Can Drive My Car Because You Don’t Have One

Looks like it is official: The consumer purchasing frenzy is slowing down and one of the biggest victims is auto sales. According to Yahoo News, after eight years of strong sales, auto lending is slowing down as missed payments rise. That’s partly because subprime loans to people with credit scores

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24 Apr 2017

An Overdue Parody on Capitalism or How Did Trump Become a Billionaire?

For a much-needed parody about the failure of corporate capitalism, check out this article in the Monthy Review. If you don’t think unregulated corporate capitalism has a lot of problems, how do you explain the sad fact that Trump became a billionaire? This is a very clever, much-needed light parody

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12 Apr 2017

What Happens When Corporations Hate Their Own Customers

The current commentary explosion on social media of Chicago airport security guards forcibly pulling a man off a United Airlines plane is deeply disturbing because everyone who has flown can relate to some degree of passenger mistreatment. Of course, we have not been pulled from our seats in a closed

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