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The Great Retirement Con

Frankly put: retirement is now a myth for the majority
Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:25 PM

40 years ago, a grand experiment was embarked upon. One that promised US workers: using new 'defined contribution' retirement savings vehicles such as IRAs and 401k,, they'd be better off when they reached retirement age.

Which raises a simple but very important question: How have things worked out? » Read more

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The Pension Time Bomb

Devastating shortfalls are manifesting everywhere
Monday, August 29, 2016, 7:39 PM

Among the many losers picked by the Fed (in favor of rewarding a very tiny and wealthy minority), perhaps the greatest victims are pensions.

Pensions have to make a couple of key assumptions.  One is how long you expect your cohort of pensioners to live. The second is the rate of return on the funds.  On both counts, pensions have been wrong, and wrong again.

People keep living longer and pension fund returns keep underperforming.  » Read more

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Poland Government Raids Private Pensions

Poland Government Raids Private Pensions

Another very concerning development where "safe" private funds are confiscated by the state

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Daily Digest 8/8 - Increased Grazing Improves Soil, The Downside Of Living Longer

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 10:48 AM
  • Martin Armstrong: Dow May Double by Late 2015
  • CRA cracking down on middle-income tax cheats
  • Americans Would Rather Be Skinny Than Debt-Free
  • The pension downside of living longer
  • Silver: The Noise is Deafening!
  • Sorry, It's Not A 'Law Of Capitalism' That You Pay Your Employees As Little As Possible
  • GDP Growth must Slow as Oil Limits are Reached
  • Increased grazing helps improve soil
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Daily Digest 8/6 - Chicago Sees Imminent Pension Crisis, The Energy Cost Of Food

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 11:30 AM
  • How did Estonia become a leader in technology?
  • Worth Less, Yet Not Worthless
  • Global Gold’s Quarterly Outlook – Has Gold Exited The Bull Market?
  • Obama to Outline Plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Polls Open in Detroit’s Mayoral Primary 
  • Chicago Sees Pension Crisis Drawing Near
  • Children Banned from Talking about Fracking as Reign of Silence Spreads
  • George Monbiot: Why humans should back off and let nature heal itself
  • The Energy Cost Of Food
  • Risks to Global Food Supply and Impacts to Investors – Steve Yuzpe
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Daily Digest 7/20 - More Cities Should Go Bankrupt, Baseball Is A Metaphor For American Life

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 11:52 AM
  • More Cities Should Go Bankrupt
  • Going, in Uncertainty, Where No Other Big City Has
  • Detroit Gap Reveals Industry Dispute on Pension Math
  • Detroit’s Creditors Eye Its Art Collection
  • When Gold And Silver Bottom Is Irrelevant To Your Financial Health
  • Why baseball is a metaphor for life in America
  • The games the rich play to avoid tax are immoral and now, hopefully, will become illegal
  • Can Europe’s new designs help the UK’s housing crisis?
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Daily Digest 7/11 - Greece's Life-Saving Austerity Medics, Urban Flooding Likely To Worsen

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11:11 AM
  • Greece's life-saving austerity medics 
  • World’s Biggest Challenge: ‘Ignorance in the Face of Change’ – Paul Hawken
  • Who is affected by big currency movements?
  • “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
  • Fail And Fail Well
  • Dear Leader Dreams Of Sushi
  • Battle lines harden over Detroit pension cuts
  • NAVY LENR Patent Granted – Transmutes Radioactive Waste
  • The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster is a Corporate Crime
  • Lac-Mégantic's Disaster is the Poster Child for Fossil Fuel Folly
  • Politics of Climate Change: A Well-Oiled Machine
  • Urban flooding likely to worsen, say experts
  • Scientists Invented New Way of Seawater Desalination
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Daily Digest 7/10 - IMF Cuts Growth Forecast For World Economies, Canadians Struggle With Saving

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 10:21 AM
  • Illinois lawmakers seek more information in hunt for fix to $97 billion pension crisis
  • IMF cuts growth forecast for U.S., world economies
  • Nurses' strike hits Portugal hospitals
  • Seniors find it harder to get home-delivered meals (Florida)
  • Chicago gun violence: 74 people shot, 12 killed over July 4 weekend
  • Job cuts: Mining companies to trim operations by 3,500 (Ghana)
  • Financial Crisis Just a Symptom of Detroit’s Woes
  • Furloughs Have Begun for Nearly 50,000 Full-Time Guardsmen Nationwide, Including Guam
  • Mining services industry forced to adapt to end of coal boom in Queensland's Bowen Basin
  • USDA: One In Six Americans Use Food Stamps
  • Puerto Rico sees surge in homeless population
  • Tuition at 14 Pennsylvania universities to rise 3 percent
  • Eurozone jobless rate worse than OECD average
  • Canadians struggle with retirement saving
  • Italy's rating lowered one notch to BBB: S&P
  • Gold borrowing cost hits post-Lehman high
  • Study: State's pension debt spiked since February (California)
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Daily Digest 5/29 - BOJ Has Room For More Stimulus, Spain's 'Lost Generation'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:46 AM
  • Spain's 'Lost Generation': Youth Unemployment Hits 57 Percent
  • Euro shares edge higher after ECB stimulus vow
  • Senior citizens struggle with mounting debt
  • Student debt crisis: 'it's like carrying a backpack filled with bricks'
  • Pension liabilities worry city bond-rating agency
  • Next NYC Mayor facing $7.8B fiscal cliff from unions who haven't received a raise in years
  • BoJ boss puts faith in Japan's 'resilience'
  • Euro leaders unite to tackle soaring youth unemployment rates
  • D.C. speed light cameras bring in millions for the District
  • BOJ has room for more stimulus, top Abe adviser says