Fact and Fiction Behind Too Big to Fail

Social Security Versus Disability: Obscuring Their Future Through Assumptions

The Social Security and Disability Insurance programs’ Trustees issued their annual report to Congress as expected this month. Their message is even more strongly worded — that the Social Security and Disability Insurance programs face longer-term insolvency of an astounding magnitude. But this year’s modeling utilized aggressive assumptions to hide how quickly the catastrophe is…

Social Security Protection? Just the Opposite! The Summer of 2015 Spending Bill

Did your Representative vote for last summer’s omnibus spending bill? Try finding that bill and those votes on Congress’s website. There’s a huge, hidden story behind the votes. The spending bill may have prevented a shutdown of the government, but it had some retirement surprises. The least talked about in this electorate-fragmenting election was the…

U.S. Debt: What No Candidate Mentions

The biggest issue facing the nation is one that no candidate mentions. Maybe all the antics and hate-mongering are a ruse to distract voters from the silence. The issue is our national debt burden. A dull topic perhaps, or involving math, or maybe involving time or thought. Certainly not fun or entertaining. Let me counter…

Fairy Tale Capitalism: Fact and Fiction Behind Too Big to Fail

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Was the mortgage debacle the sole cause of the financial bubble's collapse? Do you believe those who say the elimination of Glass-Steagall barriers didn't contribute to its building? Fairy Tale Capitalism: Fact and Fiction Behind Too Big To Fail places the mortgage mess into a broader perspective. It explains how the Federal deposit guarantee was married to investment banking's trading intensity, why the Fed had no choice but to bail out the biggest banks and how derivatives played a poorly-understood, but equally important role in the crisis. In simple terms Emily Eisenlohr walks with those who live on Main Street down Wall Street's darker alleys.

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