02 Apr 2018

When Financial Corporations Rip-Off Their Own Employees

  Taking advantage of a stranger is bad enough, but what happens when a large financial firm knowingly takes advantage of its own employees? And to make matters worse, what happens when the employees are disadvantaged by their own employers in their own 401(k) plans? You would think this is

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29 Mar 2018

Barclays Twisted View of Corporate Reponsibility

So this is how the world’s largest global banks, in this case Barclays Plc, based in London, play the regulatory and corporate accountability game: The bank admits it deceived investors and swindled them out of $31 billion in mortgage backed securities that helped propel the 2008 housing market-led recession. In

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20 Mar 2018

Why the Investment Industry Ignores the Retirement Crisis

With over $19 trillion under management and the largest political lobby in Washington, you would think the investment industry, comprised of global banks, investment firms, U.S. registered investment companies and the insurance industry, would have a vested interest in seeing that more Americans enjoy a financially comfortable retirement. But if

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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 neoliberal mantra

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10 Mar 2018

Income Inequality Getting More Scrutiny

Prompted by a slight uptick in wage growth last month and the resulting volatility it caused in the equity markets, the continuing tug-of-war between containing inflation and wage growth Fed and political  policies is getting more attention, but little action. The good news is that there are more articles on

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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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12 Feb 2018

Financial Reporters Missed the Role of Neoliberal Bias in Recent Market Volatility Reporting

The stock market’s recent spike in extreme volatility produced reams of good explanations about its fundamental and technical causes, but it failed to address the permanent fundamental conflict that underlies the volatility: the possible shift in political-economic power between and the deep-rooted conflict between business and labor, Wall Street and

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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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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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