05 Mar 2018

The Power Battle Over the Control of Pension Assets Hits the Tipping Point

[sgmb id=”2″] 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

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14 Feb 2018

Trump’s Generals Are Making a Killing in Pension Benefits

[sgmb id=”2″] 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.

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12 Feb 2018

Financial Reporters Missed the Role of Neoliberal Bias in Recent Market Volatility Reporting

[sgmb id=”2″] 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

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14 Nov 2017

Making Fraud Great Again

[sgmb id=”1″] In all of the millions of hours of TV commentaries and thousands of words addressing all aspects of the upcoming Republican tax bill, few have discussed the costs of fraud, what it is costing American taxpayers and how it is depleting the federal budget. Certainly there are Republicans

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13 Oct 2017

Frankenstein Had More Class Than Facebook

[sgmb id=”2″] In response to the Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, a recent  New York Times article likened Facebook’s deficient advertising policy as an out of control Frankenstein monster. While there is some truth in comparing Facebook, as well as Google and some of the other mega social-media

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01 Oct 2017

New Benefit Offering Could Make Employees Indentured Servants

[sgmb id=”2″] 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

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29 Sep 2017

Give the Colony a Break: Puerto Rico’s Devastating Disaster Story

[sgmb id=”2″] 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

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25 Aug 2017

Why Bad PR Forced Principal Life to Settle Its Fiduciary Violations Lawsuit in Record Time

[sgmb id=”2″] 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

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24 Aug 2017

The Retirement Crisis Gets Worse

[sgmb id=”1″] 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

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21 Aug 2017

Nation’s Largest Banks Sued by Pension Funds for Market Manipulation

[sgmb id=”1″] 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,

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