14 Jun 2018

Mutualfundreform.com is now Theprogressiveinvestor.org

Since it was created in 2011, Mutualfundreform.com has sought to educate investors and future retirees about the ways to secure a more financially stable retirement. The site was one of the first to sound the alarm about the retirement crisis facing Americans. Not only do most average Americans not have

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02 Apr 2018

When Financial Corporations Rip-Off Their Own Employees

  Taking advantage of a stranger is bad enough, but what happens when a large financial firm knowingly takes advantage of its own employees? And to make matters worse, what happens when the employees are disadvantaged by their own employers in their own 401(k) plans? You would think this is

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29 Mar 2018

Barclays Twisted View of Corporate Reponsibility

So this is how the world’s largest global banks, in this case Barclays Plc, based in London, play the regulatory and corporate accountability game: The bank admits it deceived investors and swindled them out of $31 billion in mortgage backed securities that helped propel the 2008 housing market-led recession. In

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19 Oct 2017

The Great Financial Mystery: What Caused the October 1987 Crash?

  October 19, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the worst single day stock market decline in history, an unprecedented event saw the S&P 500 stock index fall by 23% and sent a shock wave which roiled international financial markets for two years. Yet despite the severity, traders and researchers

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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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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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28 Jul 2017

New Study Again Cites Importance of Low Fund Fees

It is widely regarded in the modern world that the earth revolves around the sun. Now, it is time for more investors to understand that the fees charged to manage your mutual funds in a 401(k) and elsewhere all reduce your net investment returns. There is a direct connection: the

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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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