03 Apr 2014

Lewis Argument is Half Right: Financial Markets Are Rigged, But More From the Top-Down Than the Bottom-Up

The recent heated discussion about whether the equity markets are rigged should be a major concern to all investors, especially those in retirement, since it fundamentally affects their quality of life and collective financial futures. Any society which has its fundamental retirement system under constant attack by conservatives concerned about

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26 Sep 2013

Free Market Zealots vs. Reality

In their focused efforts to revoke regulations, conservative zealots in the media and Congress have expanded their argument to elevate free markets into near-divine status. But in the process, free market proponents have consistently avoided any discussions about how government intervention and its largesse provide essential funding and profits to

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27 Aug 2013

Did the Fed Use the Wrong Tools to Resurrect the Economy?

Quantitative easing has been the Fed’s major policy to resurrect the economy since late-2008, but after spending hundreds of billions in the process, it is now fair to ask if better tools were available to resurrect the economy faster than massive bond purchases. It’s a legitimate question, especially considering the

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14 Jun 2013

News About 401(k) Fee Decreases Benefit All Investors, But More Is Needed, Author Chuck Epstein Asserts

Recent declines in 401(k) fees in both small and large plans benefits all 401(k) investors, but more investors must become more involved in managing their fund expenses if they want to save thousands of dollars more over their investing lifetimes and secure a more financially retirement. That is the advice

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26 Apr 2013

Hedge Funds Also Charge High Fees, But Fail To Beat the S&P 500 Index

There is more bad news for hedge funds, which saw $1 trillion in redemptions in 2007-2008. A new study in Alpha magazine study shows there is more good reason to question hedge funds. The reason: Most do not even beat the S&P 500 index. Plus, the managers also don’t pay

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24 Apr 2013

PBS Frontline Airs Powerful Segment on the Nation’s “Retirement Mess”

Advocates for passive investing, mutual fund fee disclosure, fiduciary reform and the critics of the nation’s poorly designed $10 trillion 401(k) and retirement industry gained some high ground in this critical debate last night (April 23, 2013) in the PBS Frontline segment, “The Retirement Gamble.” Host and co-writer Martin Smith

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01 Oct 2012

Find Out How You Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Mutual Fund Fees

      New Department of Labor (DOL) regulations on 401(k) fee and expense disclosure are having a profound impact on the trillion dollar retirement industry.  But these big changes hinge on whether millions of 401(k) investors want to save their own money by getting better informed. And if you do,

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28 Oct 2011

Four Things to Avoid When Choosing Mutual Funds

  As the battle for financial reform continues into 2011, the battle lines are clearly drawn: It’s the professional financial services industry against its own customers. While there are pockets of resistance, such as the Americans for Financial Reform, and the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, have opposed any attempts

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26 Oct 2011

Welcome to Mutualfundreform.com

Mutual funds have, by default, become one of the primary vehicles to build wealth in America.  Pensions and savings were the traditonal vehicles in the last generation, but today, the erosion of home equity, decreases in 401(k) accounts, and threats to the future of Social Security all translate into new

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