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08 Nov 2011

Should Mutual Fund Companies Take a Public Position on Correcting Income Inequality?

When it comes to taking sides publicly on major social issues, corporations have not led the way.  Stating a position is not what corporations do.  Getting the needed corporate consensus is time-consuming, requires direct participation by top executives and the board of directors, and uses political capital to arrive at

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07 Nov 2011

No Country for Old Men and Women: Boomers Face Drops in Retirement Income

A recent Gallup poll found that 66% of Americans ranked not having enough money for retirement as their top financial concern. This was an increase from 53% a decade ago and raised a red flag for U.S. policymakers concerned about distress and downward mobility in the middle class. A recent story

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07 Nov 2011

Revenge of the Baby Boomers

Call it the “Revenge of the Baby Boomers,” but the huge inequality in net worth between people aged 65 or older is now estimated to be 47 times greater than that of a family headed by someone who is under age 35. That is a staggering, unsustainable gap, which casts

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05 Nov 2011

Good Corporate Governance Factored into Stock Prices

Companies with good corporate governance standards—those that avoided no poison pills, staggered boards, golden parachutes, and other practices favoring management—helped boost share prices, according to a new study by three university professors: Lucian Bebchuk of Harvard Law School; Alma Cohen of Tel Aviv University and Charles C. Y. Wang of

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05 Nov 2011

“Margin Call” and the Unreality of Wall Street

The 2008 financial crisis has assumed its role in economic and social history, and continues to get ongoing momentum from the severe recession it created, as well as the ongoing social protests.  Yet while there has been extensive analysis of the misdirected and Frankenstein financial engineering which precipitated the recession,

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03 Nov 2011

Alternative Investments Getting Popular…Again

First it was individual stock selection, than manager expertise, then investment styles (e.g., large-cap, small cap value), then asset allocation.  Now, a new study shows that the industry fashion is alternatives, which is a general term for both alternative strategies (long-short, leveraged, or absolute return) and the foray into different

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