LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, Financial Planning, newsletter0 Comments

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?

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, newsletter, Research & The Economy2 Comments

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

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, Financial Planning, newsletter1 Comment

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

WHISTLEBLOWER

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, newsletter, Wall Street Fraud0 Comments

Not long ago when the supposed end of the world was upon us and assets were blowing up all over the place, Deutsche Bank saw a way out…lie. Deutsche bank had a portfolio of derivatives that were dropping like a brick that would have, if they played by the rules, resulted in the bank’s insolvency.  So they lied about their … Read More

RETIREMENT REALITY

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I have not seen many pie-in–the-sky retirement commercials as of late.  There used to be a bevy of advertisements that seemed as if they were pumped out by an advertising team comprised of Don Draper and Robin Leach.  They aided the big firms in painting the mental picture and selling the dream of…“Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” private islands, a … Read More

FRAUD FILES

Christopher Markowskinewsletter, Wall Street Fraud0 Comments

Comrade Jones An advisor from Edward Jones admitted to AdvisorHUB that the firm was much like the Soviet Union in that they are in the business of pushing products and policies that benefit the General Partners first.  “In reference to Jones being like the USSR.  There is nothing going on at that firm that is in the best interest of … Read More

Wasted Talent

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, newsletter, Research & The Economy1 Comment

   “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” Lorenzo Anello (Played by Robert De Niro from the film A Bronx Tale) If I were to tell you in 1975, 1985, 1995, or 2005 that in 2016 the United States of America would be an energy powerhouse exporting oil and natural gas around the globe.  That in 2016 medical advances … Read More

SCORPION

Christopher MarkowskiArticle, Financial Planning, newsletter, Wall Street Fraud0 Comments

The column archives on my website is divided into four categories, the largest of which is Wall Street Fraud. I have written extensively about the nefarious conduct that is perpetrated all too often at the expense of the American investor. Our goal is ultimately to educate and warn people of whom they are dealing with and the reality is much … Read More

THE WATCHDOG’S ABSURDITY COLLECTION 6

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Michael Corleone in the third installment of the Godfather stated the now famous line, “Just when I thought I was out. They pulled me back in!” The Watchdog on Wall Street version might go something like this, “Just when I thought I have seen it all, they go ahead and do this.” I now present you with the latest installment … Read More

INVERSION DRAMA

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AUGUST 2014 The media and many of the powers that be in Washington would like us all to believe that much like Nathan Lane’s character Albert Goldman in the film The Birdcage that they feel too “betrayed and bewildered.”  Not at learning of another Dolphins loss, but rather the fact that many companies are deciding to renounce their “American citizenship” … Read More