The Derivative Project
Liquid Alts, Wall Street and Media Frenzies that Drive Retirement Investor Behaviors

Liquid Alts, Wall Street and Media Frenzies that Drive Retirement Investor Behaviors

The Media Frenzied Push for a “Passive Revolution”. The ink is hardly dry on the media frenzy that has created the “passive revolution”, where it is necessary to throw the baby out with the bath water and ignore the top performing, low fee active funds that have been generating alpha…

AIG Suit:  Role of Commercial Banks, Trust and Capital Markets

AIG Suit: Role of Commercial Banks, Trust and Capital Markets

AIG shareholders and Hank Greenberg have their day in court tomorrow.  Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times writes a summary here: “Court Casts a New Light On a Bailout.”  Ms. Morgenson writes: “In spite of this punishment, A.I.G. repaid the loan in January 2011. I am not arguing that…

Congressional Capture Hasn’t Captured Senator Al Franken

Congressional Capture Hasn’t Captured Senator Al Franken

Regulatory capture is rampant, fueling the ongoing retirement crisis and the ongoing skimming of American’s retirement nest eggs by Wall Street financial intermediaries.  There is also a shocking proliferation of Congressional Capture.  As Firedoglake wrote, “Wall Street Lobbyists Literally Writing Bills in Congress.” There are so very few in Congress…

Yale Professor Ayres’ Proposed DOL Financial Sophistication Test is Brillant – Part II

Yale Professor Ayres’ Proposed DOL Financial Sophistication Test is Brillant – Part II

The Whys Behind Super Normal Profits for Wall Street in 401k Plans:   What is Yale Professor Ayres’ proposed solution to protect consumers from Wall Street shenanigans in 401k plans?  Double down!  Now that the facts and transparency are coming out about the skimming, over the last 30 years, from workers’…

Yale Professor Ayres’ Proposed DOL Financial Sophistication Test is Brilliant – Part I

Yale Professor Ayres’ Proposed DOL Financial Sophistication Test is Brilliant – Part I

Yale Professor Ian Ayres has the solution for any retirement investor that might dare to opt-out of a poorly performing 401k plan default option and seek to select an investment that is in his or her best interest.  Here is the link to his proposal, in a February 2014 white…

Recommendations to Senator Levin’s June 17, 2014 Hearing on Impact of Conflicts on Investor Confidence

Recommendations to Senator Levin’s June 17, 2014 Hearing on Impact of Conflicts on Investor Confidence

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), chaired by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) will hold a hearing on June 17th on “Conflicts of Interest, Investor Loss of Confidence and High Speed Trading in U.S. Stock Markets”. In particular, the subcommittee “will focus on the conflicts of interest that arise between the…

Flash Crash Update and Background Information for Senator Levin’s Hearing

Flash Crash Update and Background Information for Senator Levin’s Hearing

Senator Carl Levin will hold a hearing on June 17th to examine the impact of conflicts on consumer confidence. “The panel will focus on how brokers balance the obligation to give customers best execution against services they provide for other brokers and trading venues”, according to the statement. We reported…