18 Aug 2017

Lending Industry Faces Huge LIBOR-Related Costs Due to Bank Fraud

[sgmb id=”1″] 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

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28 Jul 2017

New Study Again Cites Importance of Low Fund Fees

It is widely recognized 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

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22 Jun 2017

How Bond Traders Lied in the 2008 Housing Recession

[sgmb id=”1″] This site has never printed an entire news article from another site, but this is a great story about how bond traders lied during the 2007-2008 housing fraud that led to the financial crash. That housing crash was the result of top-down and bottom-up fraud involving realtors, mortgage

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06 Apr 2017

What the Ontario Pension System Can Teach Americans

[sgmb id=”1″] One neighbor to the north has come up with a way to over-fund their state pension system, so why can’t it be repeated here? Bucking the industry trend, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan announced it was 105% funded as of Jan. 1, 2017, its fourth consecutive year of

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03 Apr 2017

Want to Rig the World’s Biggest Market? No Problem.

[sgmb id=”2″] Want to rig the world’s largest financial market?  No problem. At least that is what prosecutors in the U.S. and the UK are saying when it comes to their charges that three of the world’s largest global banks rigged parts of the $5.3 trillion a day foreign exchange

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06 Mar 2017

Trump Declares War Against Investors

[sgmb id=”2″] It certainly is no surprise that the Trump Administration has declared war on individual investors and will only make it more difficult for millions of Americans to have a financially secure retirement. For millions, there may be no retirement at all or certainly one which will have a

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09 Feb 2017

Judge Rules Conflict-of-Interest Has No Place in Investing, But Investors Must Still Beware

[sgmb id=”2″] When a federal court judge ruled on Feb. 8, 2017 that the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule must still stand despite furious protests from the financial services lobby, it did not mean individual investors would automatically be protected from errant financial rep who continue to sell products

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03 Feb 2017

Caveat Emptor: Trump’s Move to Revoke Dodd-Frank Means More Anti-Investor Initiatives Coming

[sgmb id=”2″] The Trump administration’s announcement today that it is moving to revoke the individual investor protections is bad news for unsophisticated, individual investors who are having a hard time saving for retirement and making higher return investments. Today’s announcement is the culmination of hundreds of millions of dollars spent

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27 Jan 2017

JPMorgan Chase Faces Fee and Conflicts-of-Interest Charges in Lawsuit

      It seems the more it changes, the more it’s the same. Conflicts-of-interest and charging excessive fees seem to be part of the DNA of major banks (such as  Deutschbank and its $10 billion money laundering scheme out of Russia and Wells Fargo), insurance companies and investment firms when it

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