31 Oct 2018

Does Wall Street Have Something to Hide When It Comes To Social Security?

On Oct. 16, 2018, Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that due to an increase in the federal budget deficit, Republicans would have to reduce and alter some of the key provisions in Social Security and Medicare.  In his announcement, McConnell said the only way to reduce the record-high

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16 Oct 2018

Public Pension Underfunding Hits $6 Trillion, But It Should Be Higher

The unfunded liability of public pension funds is not something typically discussed by politicians and average citizens, but it should be. That’s because unfunded pension liabilities affect the fiscal stability of entire states, millions of public employees, from teachers and firemen to city hall secretaries and anyone who works for

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30 Sep 2018

Does Politics Have a Valid Role in Financial Services Marketing?

Traditional marketing theory and business practices have long said that politics and religion should be avoided in daily business practices at all costs. But the new reality is that politics is ever present.  It is now part of social relationships, dating, religion and business. It now being injected into most

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28 Aug 2018

College Students Get a Lesson in Corruption

Making tuition loans to college students is a huge business. Some $1.5 trillion in loans are outstanding to student borrowers and some of these loans have been flagged for being abusive in terms of bad disclosure or aggressive collection practices from loan servicers and debt collectors. College tuition debt now

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10 Aug 2018

More Fee Pressure on Advisors Raises Questions About the Value of Financial Advice

The recent decision by Fidelity Investment that it will not be charging any fees for certain index funds through its Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund for US stocks and the Fidelity Zero International Fund for stocks outside the U.S. raises some important questions for both advisors and investors. The main

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08 Aug 2018

Retirement News Worth Reading

Retirement and financial security are issues that are not often discussed by the general news media and most politicians (except Progressives), but these are major events affecting people worldwide. In the U.S., here are some retirement-related news events worth noting: Americans Not Saving Enough for Retirement; 40% Have Saved Nothing

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14 Jul 2018

Whistleblower recieves $78 Million For Work in JPMorgan Fund Scam

A financial forensic investigator has been rewarded for his years of work on a financial scam involving JP Morgan that resulted in a $267 million settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The investigator, Edward Siedle, who formerly worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission,  received $78 million as

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13 Jul 2018

The Progressive Economic Agenda Is No Threat to Prosperity

Many political commentators belittle the progressive social and economic agenda as unrealistic, too radical and pie-in-the-sky. Not true. Progressive financial policies are being used in various degrees by developed nations worldwide and especially in nations that have accessible health care for their citizens, lower infant mortality rates, a retirement safety

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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.  Now, something is happening that can increase your odds of having a more financially stable retirement. That is the start of a progressive political caucus

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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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