30 Sep 2018

Does Politics Have a Valid Role in Financial Services Marketing?

Traditional marketing theory and business practices have long said that politics and religion should be avoided in daily business practices at all costs. But the new reality is that politics is ever present.  It is now part of social relationships, dating, religion and business. It now being injected into most

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17 Aug 2018

A Win-Win Situation: Linking Progressive Investors with Progressive Financial Advisors

As the Trump Administration continues to steamroll democratic institutions, accompanied by concerns about the income gap, wage stagnation and economic security continue, financial advisors have a choice: They can continue to provide clients with financial plans based on a no- or small-wage growth scenario, accompanied by admonitions to save more

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10 Aug 2018

More Fee Pressure on Advisors Raises Questions About the Value of Financial Advice

The recent decision by Fidelity Investment that it will not be charging any fees for certain index funds through its Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund for US stocks and the Fidelity Zero International Fund for stocks outside the U.S. raises some important questions for both advisors and investors. The main

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08 Aug 2018

Retirement News Worth Reading

Retirement and financial security are issues that are not often discussed by the general news media and most politicians (except Progressives), but these are major events affecting people worldwide. In the U.S., here are some retirement-related news events worth noting: Americans Not Saving Enough for Retirement; 40% Have Saved Nothing

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14 Jun 2018

Mutualfundreform.com is now Theprogressiveinvestor.org

Since it was created in 2011, Mutualfundreform.com has sought to educate investors and future retirees about the ways to secure a more financially stable retirement.  Now, something is happening that can increase your odds of having a more financially stable retirement. That is the start of a progressive political caucus

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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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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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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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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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