Why The AHCA Was Doomed From The Start

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Would the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement have given you a bigger tax break? The short answer is no, but the devil is in the details. On Thursday, July 17, Trump’s American Health Care Act was pronounced dead late that evening. Not only is the original design of the bill flawed, it was destined to fail because the Republicans who pushed … Read More

The Art of the Fake News Reel

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Recently, major news outlets from CNN to Buzzfeed reported on Russian hackers suspected of using fake news on Qatar’s state news to create tension between the U.S. and its allies. This is not the only time the public has been duped by fake news reports, nor is it the only way we our attention is diverted from the real issues at home … Read More

How to Politics-Proof Your Retirement Plan

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Chris Markowski, founder of Markowski Financial Investments in Tampa, Florida, and host of the radio program “The Watchdog on Wall Street,” says he is regularly called upon to weigh in on TV and radio shows about changes in the market. “It’s almost like they want you to come on and scare everyone,” he says. Taking a doomsday approach to the … Read More

The solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis isn’t statehood — it’s default

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In an overwhelming majority, Puerto Rican citizens recently voted in favorof becoming the 51st U.S. state. According to poll results, nearly 97 percent of Puerto Ricans were in favor of statehood. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, declared the results a clear victory in favor of becoming a state — the solution he preferred. In a televised speech after announcing the results, he said, … Read More

Amazon Prime Discount Warns of a Subsidized Nation

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Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers by offering a nearly 50% discount for those on government assistance. Instead of paying $10.99 per month for Amazon Prime, customers with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card will be able to enjoy Prime for only $5.99 per month. Is this a benevolent attempt to help those in need? Not likely. Cashing … Read More

What Populism Means for the Stock Market

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In recent months, populist sentiment has sprung a few surprises, including the election of President Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Although some populist policies may prove economically sound, those producing trade wars could be a threat. The current mood among populists in the U.S and Europe can be traced back to the global financial crisis … Read More

Live Long and Prosper: Be True to Yourself in Retirement

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute has released its twenty-seventh annual Retirement Confidence Survey. The findings from this survey coupled with some other disturbing headlines in regards to the perilous condition of our nation’s pension system have laid credence to all the anecdotal evidence that I have been yelling and screaming about on the show for almost two decades. I would … Read More

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute has released its twenty-seventh annual Retirement Confidence Survey.  The findings from this survey coupled with some other disturbing headlines in regards to the perilous condition of our nation’s pension system have laid credence to all the anecdotal evidence that I have been yelling and screaming about on the show for almost two decades.  I would … Read More

NEXT?

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Don’t doubt me. I cannot revel in self-righteous, pat-myself-on-the-back behavior after witnessing another prediction of mine becoming reality.  In my opinion, it is in particularly bad taste and bottom barrel decorum to celebrate when bad things are happening even if I did give everyone a heads-up. We are living in an alternative universe when it comes to free-markets, capitalism and … Read More

OBSOLETE

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There has been quite a bit of attention as of late in business publications and websites such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNBC in regards to our retirement funding crisis.  This crisis is being framed in the context of the failure of the various different vehicles people utilize to build up their proverbial nest eggs.  Whether it be … Read More