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Wall Street, Hillary and a Disingenuous Revolution

Wall Street, Hillary and a Disingenuous Revolution

William D. Cohan wrote in Politico, November 11th, “Why Wall Street Loves Hillary.”  Perhaps just happenstance, but at the very same time, November 10th, a former Clinton Aide, announced his new firm,  Aspiration,  designed to “democratize” investing for the middle class….click here for  “revolution”  so says the Aspiration website. The…

Bloomberg ETF Analyst Promotes New Wall Street Wolf— In Sheep’s Clothing?

Bloomberg ETF Analyst Promotes New Wall Street Wolf— In Sheep’s Clothing?

Just because something costs less, does not mean it adds more value, after all fees. Bloomberg ETF Analyst, Eric Balchunas, saw the movie Wolf of Wall Street, and came to the same conclusion Not On My Nickel did based on working in the industry.  Financial intermediaries add an extra layer…

The Fiduciary Debate is But A Sideshow: The Underlying Question is Capitalism or Dependency?

The continuing debate in Congress, the SEC and the Department of Labor on who is and who is not a fiduciary to American’s retirement savers is but a sideshow.  The retirement crisis, can be traced in part to the conflicted role of the middleman advisor, which can be summarized by…

Material Conflicts, Lack of Training, Lack of Transparency Are at Heart of Financial Crisis

Floyd Norris of the New York Times has a piece today on the Barclay’s “Libor scandal”, Banks Ability to Rig Libor Shows a Change is Needed.  The premise of the piece is excellent, however, Mr. Norris and The New York Times, continue to rely on a circle of sources for…

Democrats Ditch the Little Guy’s ERISA Fiduciary for IRA’s and Choose Brokerage Industry’s Interests

The Derivative Project is forced to launch its first Wall of Shame.  Who are the first entrants? Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and 30 other Democrats who sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Monday, November 7 under the “guise” that they are protecting the little guy who…