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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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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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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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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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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