05 Mar 2018

The Power Battle Over the Control of Pension Assets Hits the Tipping Point

[sgmb id=”2″] It’s no secret to more astute investors and political progressives that the decades-long battle to eliminate pensions and replace them with 401(k) is all about who takes the most amount of financial risk and has the most power to influence decisions made by investment firms and corporations.  When

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12 Feb 2018

Financial Reporters Missed the Role of Neoliberal Bias in Recent Market Volatility Reporting

[sgmb id=”2″] 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 labor, Wall

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09 Aug 2017

Coveted Country Club Residences Face An Uncertain Future

[sgmb id=”2″] The once-coveted home in a county club was a dream for millions of Americans. But now, this lifelong goal is going through a fundamental shift. Due to changing tastes, demographics, high home prices, significant maintenance costs and the diminishing value of country club name cache, many new, younger

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19 Jul 2017

Wall Street’s Continued Self Delusion

[sgmb id=”1″] 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 the old

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02 Jun 2017

Concerned About Jobs for the 21st Century? What About Retirement?

[sgmb id=”2″] Robotics, automation, globalization, the Uber and gig economies have all captured the attention of anyone planning a career or their life over the future decades, but what is missing is the link between these new definitions of work and what happens when work ends. It would be logical

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05 May 2017

Baby You Can Drive My Car Because You Don’t Have One

[sgmb id=”2″] Looks like it is official: The consumer purchasing frenzy is slowing down and one of the biggest victims is auto sales. According to Yahoo News, after eight years of strong sales, auto lending is slowing down as missed payments rise. That’s partly because subprime loans to people with

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20 May 2016

How Student Debt Impacts Home Ownership and Retirement

Despite all the complexities of investing and the machinations of the financial markets, there are only three main ways to build wealth for the average American: Through home ownership, by creating a portfolio and by savings. Of these, the one with the largest, most consistent and common payoff is home ownership. That’s

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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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18 Apr 2016

Bad News for Wealth Managers: Top 5 Fastest Growing Jobs Pay Less Than $25,000

Every financial advisor dreams of a future when their expanding practice includes a large number of wealthy, retiring clients having portfolios north of $500,000. But it’s time for a reality check. That is not going to happen because more new  jobs don’t pay much and worse, even people with 401(k)s

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06 Apr 2016

Should the Retirement Industry Accept Some Blame for the Retirement Crisis?

Social responsibility has been a buzzword in corporate America for decades, but nowhere has it been more conspicuously vacant than in the recent stories about the pending retirement crisis that is currently facing millions of Americans. At issue is whether the retirement industry, comprised of investment, mutual fund and insurance

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