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30 Oct 2011

Economic Slowdown Affecting American Spending Habits

The current long recession is changing American spending behavior. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2007 and 2010, Americans have reduced expenditures on luxury items (restaurants and clothes) and more on essentials (healthcare, fuel.)  The data shows that consumer spending by family unit declined by 3% to $48,109,

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29 Oct 2011

Is Fraud Tolerance an Unofficial Policy of U.S. Regulators?

The housing fraud shockwaves that broke the U.S. banking system and had a ripple effect worldwide is going unchecked because it is part of the unofficial policy of U.S. regulators. According to Professor William Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri, in Kansas City, U.S.

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29 Oct 2011

Income Inequality Has A Definite Cost

Wage-based incomes continue to decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s April 2011 report.  Using data from February 2011, the report found that wages, benefits and salaries accounted for 75% of total personal income in 1970. This fell to 67% in 2005 and to 64% in 2010. At the same

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29 Oct 2011

Revenue Sharing Taints 401(k) Plans

While the 401(k) movement has been going strong for the past 30-plus years, it now looks like the investment managers who were administering the funds and providing the advice have been engaged in a conflict of interest with their company plan counterparts. At least that is what the U.S. Department

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29 Oct 2011

Europeans Ask Geithner About Wall Street Bonuses

In a global economy, the world’s central banks have become increasingly intertwined and interdependent.  This often creates interesting confrontations, especially when they are public.  This is what makes this Bloomberg news article interesting.  Since this article was published in June 2011, Europeans have imposed some salary caps on their top

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29 Oct 2011

Can Mutual Fund Wholesaler’s Salaries Be Justified?

      One of the biggest problems facing the mutual fund industry’s relationships with its millions of shareholders is justifying fund wholesalers’ salaries. This is a contentious and sticky issue for a few reasons: First, mutual fund wholesalers really don’t add anything that directly benefits shareholders. In theory, they

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