18 Aug 2017

Lending Industry Faces Huge LIBOR-Related Costs Due to its Own Corruption

The recent news that the worldwide LIBOR interest rate is going to be replaced after years of scandals about it being fixed 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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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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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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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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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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30 Mar 2017

Don’t Recognize the Republican Party Today? Here’s Why: It’s the John Birch Society

Many veteran political observers say they cannot recognize the Republican Party  that elected Donald Trump. They should not be surprised. The reason is that it is not the Republican Party. It is the party of the John Birch Society that morphed itself into the far-right Libertarian Party. This is why veteran

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10 Mar 2017

Fantasy Financial Planning in the Trump Era

Face it: Financial planning in Trump world  hinges on politics, not investing.  This makes it more important than ever for people  providing financial advice to tell clients about the implications of political decisions made in Washington and less about the basics of investing. By now, everyone has heard of the $26 billion

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24 Feb 2017

The Darkest View of Retirement and Income Inequality

An earlier post on this site (Feb. 23, 2017) pointed out the retirement crisis in America is not getting any attention. But just because it is not getting noticed, it does not mean the crisis will go away. On the contrary, it will only get worse, aggravated by the nation’s wealth gap and attempts to alter Social Security,

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23 Feb 2017

What Retirement Crisis Are You Talking About?

The financial media operates 24 hours a day and despite the proliferation of company, market and economic news and endless commentary, financial journalists are avoiding any discussion about the biggest financial crisis facing every American: the retirement crisis. Politicians don’t want us to talk about it since this is the ultimate form of bad news

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