02 Mar 2018

The Strange True Tale of Witchcraft, Finance and Futures Markets

[sgmb id=”2″] Artificial Intelligence, quant investing and big data all have a role in generating above-index returns, but it looks like good, old fashioned witchcraft also plays a role in some investing circles. Even more surprising, this “cosmology of investing” has things to teach Western investing professionals. The 2008 the

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23 Feb 2018

The NRA Has Become America’s Largest Hate Group

America’s right-wing hate machine moved into high gear at the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday when a series of speakers, fueled by NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, dropped their list of the most vilified groups, people and movements in the U.S., who all stand in the way of allowing them achieve

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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 Market Volatility Reporting

        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

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09 Oct 2017

Trump and Putin Want to Make Bribery Great Again

[sgmb id=”2″] One of the less visible goals of the Trump administration is that it wants to allow American corporations to bribe foreign governments to win business. Trump expressed this goal in a discussion with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as reported in the New Yorker. Tillerson, the former head

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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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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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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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