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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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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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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19 Jul 2017

Wall Street’s Continued Self Delusion

For highly-trained and well-compensated financial experts who routinely delve into the outer limits of stochastic calculus, Black Scholes and Finite Difference Method techniques of numerical options pricing, Wall Street does a lousy job of gauging public opinion. Like most people who have to give self-evaluations and the old saw that

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18 Jul 2017

Fidelity Title Insurance to Block Coverage of Cannabis Properties

Fidelity National Title Group, a subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, the largest title insurer in the world, has issued an underwriting bulletin to its agents in 28 states to not insure any land used “for the production or distribution of marijuana.” According to the memo issued June 29, 2017 by

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11 Jul 2017

How College Debt Creates Indentured Servants

It’s no secret that college debt is a major factor preventing millions of grads from making a down payment on a house.  It’s also no secret that college debt is at its highest levels than any other time in U.S. history. The surprise is that high housing debts impact a

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