Beware of Federal Retirement Savings Investment Fraud

The federal government is one of the nation’s largest employers. It employs millions of people; you may even be one of them. One of the largest perks of government employment is access to retirement security. Millions of employees participate in some sort of federal retirement savings or investment plan. The popular Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) … Continue reading Beware of Federal Retirement Savings Investment Fraud »

Retirement Investing: 2 Alternative Options to a 401(k)

If you’re smart, you are planning for your financial future. Retirement investing is one of the surest methods for building a nest-egg. Most likely, you’re familiar with the concept of retirement investing. Typically, you can direct funds from your personal income into tax-sheltered or tax-deferred accounts. This is known as a 401(k). However, there are … Continue reading Retirement Investing: 2 Alternative Options to a 401(k) »

Investor Education: Know Your Order Types Before You Buy and Sell

Maybe you want to make it big as an investor. Maybe you just want a nest egg for retirement or financial security for your family. Whatever the reasons, thousands of Americans everyday make their first steps to becoming active investors. Before hitting the market though, there’s a lot would-be investors need to know; like understanding … Continue reading Investor Education: Know Your Order Types Before You Buy and Sell »

Diversified Portfolio Investor or Salad Bar Investor: Which Are You?

You’ve probably heard the term “diversified portfolio” before. The term brings to mind the image of a robust, varied assortment of assets and securities that not only generate generous returns, but act as a cushion against any one stock or security’s downturn. Everyone wants a diversified portfolio, from fledgling investors to seasoned pros. However, there’s … Continue reading Diversified Portfolio Investor or Salad Bar Investor: Which Are You? »

$5.5 Billion Settles One of Two Mortgage-Backed Securities Lawsuits for RBS

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) recently reached a settlement sum of $5.5 billion with the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in the agency’s lawsuit. One down, one to go This settles at least one of the the two mortgage-baked securities lawsuits against RBS in U.S. courts. Another lawsuit remains pending with the U.S. … Continue reading $5.5 Billion Settles One of Two Mortgage-Backed Securities Lawsuits for RBS »

Why Big Banks Have a Financial Doomsday Plan

Amid the fallout of 2008, when the nation’s banking giants toppled and our economy was sent reeling, Federal legislators and regulators decided that changes were needed. Most of these changes took shape as the Dodd-Frank Act, which provide the framework for much of our current banking regulation and oversight. You’re probably familiar with Dodd-Frank, at … Continue reading Why Big Banks Have a Financial Doomsday Plan »

Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples

We’ve all seen bad actors in movies and T.V., but did you know that bad actors can be found on Wall Street and other financial industry institutions? The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released a statement outlining the need for checks-and-balances against bad actors.   What are bad actors? FINRA defines a bad actor … Continue reading Bad Actors: Tips for Spotting the Financial Industry’s Bad Apples »

Stand By for the Following Message on Corporate Tax Cuts…

One of the big platforms that boosted Trump to the Oval Office was his promise to let business operate unencumbered. Throughout his campaign, he promised a hands-off approach to business, including wide-scale financial deregulation as well as considerable corporate tax cuts. In fact, Wall Street was riding high post-election on sheer optimism. Financial and industrial … Continue reading Stand By for the Following Message on Corporate Tax Cuts… »

Retirees Get Seat at the Table in Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy

Retirees and pensioners will now have a voice at the negotiating table during Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy, according to a Reuters report. This month, the U.S. Trustee overseeing the filing procedure announced the appointment of a retiree committee. While retiree committees are usually appointed in municipal bankruptcy filings, it is typically preceded with a formal ruling … Continue reading Retirees Get Seat at the Table in Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy »

In Wells Fargo Accounts Fraud Case, the Hits Keep Coming

We all remember that nastiness about Wells Fargo, right? You know, that little PR debacle where it turned out that, due to unrealistic sales initiatives, Wells Fargo employees initiated accounts fraud against millions of consumers. After the story broke, Wells Fargo lost a major vote of consumer confidence. The following weeks saw many customers closing … Continue reading In Wells Fargo Accounts Fraud Case, the Hits Keep Coming »