16 Aug 2019

When a Huge Firm Admits It Has No Solution for the Retirement Crisis

      In a short, but illustrative “thought leadership” report from Prudential, the $1.4 trillion in asset insurance and retirement planning firm, three major sources of financial stress were identified as affecting the future financial security of millions of retirees. The report, Preparing for Longevity: Overcoming Financial Wellness Challenges,

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24 May 2019

Why Retirees Should Be the Best Whistleblowers

      What happens when you are retired, bored with playing cards or golf, and going for coffee, but you have an active mind and remember your previous professional life when you had an involved rewarding career. During your decades-long career, you saw some transactions or met clients who

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22 May 2019

Americans Want Justice, But Can the Dems Deliver?

      “Justice delayed is justice denied.” –William Gladstone (1809-1898)   American voters have short memories, but most remember that executives who headed the nation’s major financial and mortgage firms that led to the 2008 real estate crash the subsequent eight-year-long recession were never prosecuted for their criminal derelictions

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10 May 2019

Progressive’s Push on Credit Cards Is Major Wedge Issue With Biden

      The recent news that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will introduce legislation to cap credit card interest rates at 15%, should be a major wedge issue between the progressives (including Sen. Elizabeth Warren) and Joe Biden. This is a stark difference in their views about

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09 Apr 2019

When Financial Advisors Lack Political Sense, Fire Them

        A new survey from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) found that 55% of Baby Boomers had retirement savings today. In 2011, the study found that 75% of Boomers had retirement savings. Worse, among this current group, 50% have less than $250,000 in retirement accounts. Depressing surveys

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14 Mar 2019

Trump’s Capitalism Goes on Trial—Part 2

  In a single week in March 2019, Americans were treated to an unprecedented college admission bribery scandal, the lenient sentencing of Trump’s campaign manager on tax evasion, and Republican plans to cut the pensions of thousands of federal employees, accompanied by proposed decreases in Medicare and Medicaid budgets. These

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19 Feb 2019

Bad News: Some Advisors Only Want You If You Have a $100,000 Portfolio

        Saving for retirement is hard enough, but now the big guys in the financial services industry continue to add more barriers to make it harder for average Americans to implement a successful retirement strategy. The latest examples come in the form of more lawsuits, regulatory challenges

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07 Feb 2019

Meet America’s Biggest Socialist Corporations

    In his State of the Union speech, Donald Trump predictably made a number of controversial, inaccurate statements. However, one which caught many people off-guard was his comment that America would never be a socialist nation. In his speech, Trump said: “America was founded on liberty and independence and

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05 Feb 2019

Share Buybacks Used to Be Considered Insider Trading. Not Now.

    In the 1960s, the sale of clear plastic ant farms was a popular gift for kids. The ant farms came complete with ants, a packet of sand and a clear plastic rectangular container that was placed on its own stand, so the ant farm could be viewed in

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14 Dec 2018

Groundhog Day in the Financial Industry: Why the Retirement Crisis Is Now Permanent

      On a regular basis, some of the largest investment firms in the industry conduct surveys about the state of retirement, individual investor attitudes and their preference about what they would like from their financial advisor or investment firm. These surveys are often statistically rigorous and authoritative, so

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