21 Oct 2016

The Russians Are Coming: Is Trump the Real Manchurian Candidate?

[sgmb id=”2″] Films are a great way of communicating complex and simple ideas, so the idea for this little column comes from two great, movies: The Russians Are Coming and The Manchurian Candidate. Each film has something to help illuminate the insanity now taking place in the Republican Tea Party

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28 Apr 2016

More Bad News for Wealth Managers: Neoliberalism is Destroying Your Client Base

Like the citizens of Garrison Keillor’s mythical city in Minnesota, Lake Wobegone, where 90% of the residents are in the top half of the class, 90% of today’s wealth managers continue of their quest to find the top 10% of the wealthiest Americans. It’s a tough search and by all

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16 Feb 2016

Wanted: Non-Corporate Financial Journalists

Financial journalism used to be a straightforward presentation of market, company and economic facts, but almost imperceptibly over the past decade or so, financial journalism, especially on cable, has become blatantly pro-corporate in its daily news presentations and ever-present commentaries and editorials. This new distorted version of financial journalism has

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12 Jul 2015

A Bad New Trend for Retirement

As the number of part-time workers continues, more workers are now becoming freelancers to make an income.  But this large shift comes at even larger price: freelancers do not get benefits, including the all-important 401(k) plan and its critical employer match. According to a CNBC report, over 53 million Americans

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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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