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29 Jan 2012

The Recession’s Long Tail: Report Finds Millions of Retirees Face Reduced Benefits

By most measures, the 2008 recession ranks as the worst since the Great Depression.  Not only has it eroded the per capita incomes of entire nations (see story posted Jan. 27, 2012)), but it has also taken its toll on future retirees due to reduced Social Security contributions and pension

27 Jan 2012

Re-Building Per Capita Incomes Could Take Decades

Today’s news that U.S. economic growth may not exceed 2% this year had an immediate effect on the stock market.  But how long does it take a nation to recover its GDP in a slow growth period? The U.S. economy grew at a less-than-forecast 2.8% in the fourth quarter 2011. 

19 Jan 2012

The Link Between Housing, Spending and Wealth

News that the Federal Reserve is considering a new $1 trillion round of quantitative easing is being accompanied by new data showing the ratio between home equity and disposal income is at a historic low.  This unprecedented ratio is all important in a credit society since it demonstrates that expansion

14 Jan 2012

SEC Fails Investors on Fiduciary Rule

It has been one year since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delivered a report to Congress recommending the adoption of a universal fiduciary standard regulation that would apply to retail advisers and brokers. Now it looks like this long-overdue rule will not even be considered during 2012. The average

12 Jan 2012

Impact of New DOL Fee Disclosures Already Evident

While they will not take effect until April 2012, the first changes from the new DOL disclosures have already emerged, months before the new rules are slated to become effective.

09 Jan 2012

Accepting the “New Normal” in Financial Marketing

 “The U.S. job market is showing signs of a sustained recovery. But the country’s prolonged struggle with unemployment will leave scars that are likely to remain for years, if not generations.” –Ben Casselman, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 9, 2012 While the prevailing mantra for the upcoming election is “job




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