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Private Equity Sets Its Sites On A New Funding Victim: Mom-And-Pop 401(k)s

After laying ruin to the defined-benefit pension plans of public and private employees over the past several decades, Wall Street has its sites set on its next victim: mom-and-pop 401(k)s.  Sure, because as our recent headlines confirm, wall street money managers have worked wonders for public/private pension funds: Are Collapsing Pensions “About To Bring Hell […]

Passive Negligence – The Soaring Popularity Of “Cover Your Eyes & Buy” Investing

Authored by Michael Lebowitz via 720Global.com, Passive Negligence Part II Almost a year ago, we stumbled upon a topic that is currently generating much discussion in the financial media. In Mm Mm Good, published August 2016, we highlighted the Campbell Soup Company (CPB) and the utility sector to show how yield-starved investors were chasing dividend […]

Euro Banks Still Can’t Value Their Own Equity Research; Subscriptions Range From $50k – $600k A Year

Literally no one knows the true ‘value’ of research, not even the investment banks that are selling it.  Up until now, equity research has been treated as a ‘freebie’ given away to institutional clients in return for trading commissions but that is all about to change thanks to the European Union’s MiFID II regulations, which […]

Meet Brad Birkenfeld: “Lucifer’s Banker”

Authored by Adam Taggart via PeakProsperity.com, Just how bad is the ongoing fraud in the banking system? Get ready for a mind-bowing expose by a former insider at UBS. Brad Birkenfield, author of Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, recounts the efforts he uncovered by his employer to help […]

After ‘Modest’ 250% S&P Returns, Corporate Pension Funding Levels Roughly Same As 2008

We spend a lot of time writing about public pensions because the aggregate underfunding levels, $3 – $5 trillion on the low end, are simply staggering and at some point they will be realized for the ponzi schemes that they are and the systemic risk they represent to the global financial system.  Until then we’ll […]

Angst In America – Disappearing Pensions

Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com, “Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans, and they will succeed.”   – Ben Stein   “Lady Madonna, children at your feetWonder how you manage to make ends meetWho finds the money when you pay the rent?Did you think that money was heaven sent?” […]

Dear Hedge Funds: This Is Who Is Responsible For Your Deplorable Returns

Over the past several years we have repeatedly stated that despite protests to the contrary, the single biggest factor explaining the underperformance of the active community in general, and hedge funds in particular, has been the ubiquitous influence of the Fed and other central banks over the capital markets.  Specifically, back in October 2015, we […]

“Out Of Cash” – More Than 90% Of India ATMs Run Dry

Five months have passed since the demonetisation drive, but the people of India continue to face a shortage of cash in banks and ATMs. The Times of India reports that more than 90% of the ATMs in the northern region do not have cash, and in the southern states as many as 65% of ATMs […]

California Taxpayers Expected To Nearly Double Public Pension Contributions Over Next 5 Years

The California Policy Center (CPC) has just updated it’s annual study on pension contributions required from local California municipalities and, to our complete ‘shock’, the conclusions are brutal for Cali taxpayers.  Among other things, the study found that California taxpayers will be forced to double their contributions to CalPERS over just the next 5 years […]

Dallas Mayor Pulls Support For “Massive Taxpayer Bailout” Of Police Pension

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has finally reached his maximum willingness to throw taxpayer dollars at the Dallas Police and Fire Pension (DPFP) system and has pulled is support for a bill that, if it passes, will undoubtedly prove to be yet another futile effort to save the system from insolvency.  Despite support for the original […]