Social Security Versus Disability: Obscuring Their Future Through Assumptions

By Emily Eisenlohr | July 12, 2016

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…

TBTF Banks: Those at the Top Are Still the Ones Doing the Derivatives Trading

By Emily Eisenlohr | June 5, 2016

For those who have seen this table in earlier posts, here’s the update. The issue is what constitutes a systemic bank. Dodd-Frank says $50 billion and above in balance sheet assets. This table shows the assets of U.S.-headquartered banks as ranked by assets by the Federal Reserve. It also shows their derivatives portfolios and their…

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

By Emily Eisenlohr | June 5, 2016

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…

Derivatives and Too-Big-To-Fail Banks: Creating Systemic Risk

By Emily Eisenlohr | April 7, 2016

This speech was delivered to the New York Society of Security Analysts on December 3, 2104, as part of a conference on systemic risk. I’ve tried to insert the slides with the reader in mind. I was at the time chair of NYSSA’s Market Integrity Committee’s subcommittee on systemic risk, an extremely awkward role. 70%…

U.S. Debt: What No Candidate Mentions

By Emily Eisenlohr | March 31, 2016

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…

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