13 Mar 2018

Kudlow Is No Friend of Individual Investors

The news today that Larry Kudlow, a CNBC TV market commentator and ex-Bear Stearns economist, may be the next White House’s National Economic Council, (succeeding Gary Cohen who resigned) is another bad omen for individual citizens and investors. Kudlow is an unabashed and unquestioning  advocate who pushes the prevailing pro-capitalist mantra

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05 Mar 2018

The Power Battle Over the Control of Pension Assets Hits the Tipping Point

It’s no secret to more astute investors and political progressives that the decades-long battle to eliminate pensions and replace them with 401(k) is all about who takes the most amount of financial risk and has the most power to influence decisions made by investment firms and corporations.  When a state

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14 Feb 2018

Trump’s Generals Are Making a Killing in Pension Benefits

Military generals in the Trump White house are making a killing, at least in terms of their pension benefits and salaries. Trump thinks that generals and other senior military officers are great at organizing chaotic situations or instilling discipline into errant civilians and others with minimal workplace experience. Yet while

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14 Nov 2017

Making Fraud Great Again

In all of the millions of hours of TV commentaries and thousands of words addressing all aspects of the upcoming Republican tax bill, few have discussed the costs of fraud, what it is costing American taxpayers and how it is depleting the federal budget. Certainly there are Republicans who want

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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 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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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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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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