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How to Steal a Democracy

Imagine that you are a group of rich and powerful people eager to be still richer and more powerful. But you live in a democratic society that gives each citizen an equal vote and thus sets sets limit on how much power you can amass. So you decide to steal the people's democracy.<p>How can this be …

Why 99% of trading is pointless

An astonishing $32 trillion in securities changes hands every year with no net positive impact for investors, charges Vanguard Group Founder John …

Investing

Gold Manipulation: It’s Much Bigger Than You Think

<b>From Michael Edwards, editor of the Activist Post:</b> All of your work is outstanding, but this one goes beyond – wow, thank you very much for your …

Robert Reich: Goldman Sachs and Wall Street “masterful” at exploiting Greece

The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street’s powers of persuasion and predation<p>The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street’s powers of persuasion and predation, although the Street is missing from most accounts.<p>The crisis was exacerbated years ago by a …

Hot Topics at ALEC's 2015 Meeting This Week in San Diego

<i>Co-authored with Brendan Fischer</i><p>This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC," will bring together hundreds of corporate lobbyists with state and local politicians at a posh hotel in San Diego for the group's annual meeting.<p>ALEC alum Scott Walker, who has signed over 20 ALEC bills …

Gold, Precious Metals Flash Crash Following $2.7 Billion Notional Dump

The last time gold plummeted by just over $30 per ounce (dragging down silver and bitcoin with it) and resulted in a crash so furious it led to a …

Cryptocurrency

White Millennials Explain What It Means To Be White In America, And You Should Listen

"We’ve never had to internalize what white people have done in here in America."<p>In 1955 James Baldwin traveled to Leukerbad, Switzerland, a tiny village nestled in the heart of the Alps. The inhabitants, who had not encountered too many black people, marveled, and often gaped, at his dark skin and …

35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

<b>(romakoma via Shutterstock)</b><p>The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined<p>Larry Schwartz<p>July 15, 2015 5:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem …

Income Inequality

Opinion: 10 energy stocks to profit from the coming rebound in oil

Oil traders are back in panic mode, pushing West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude down 15% from its high in June, taking oil stocks down with it.<p>But …

Stock Markets

My Love for Dividend Paying Stocks Made Me Create My Own ETF

When I was a young boy my mother would always tell me "never spend the principal only the dividends." I had no idea what she was talking about. She had a habit of taking a portion of her weekly paycheck and investing it in large cap dividend paying stocks. During her whole life she kept the account …

The Vast Soviet Tank Graveyard at Kharkov, Ukraine

<i>(All images by Caters News)</i><p>Forlorn and seemingly forgotten, rotting away amid a massive tank graveyard outside the city of Kharkov, these abandoned …

itkin

Why The China Stock Crash Matters

You’re going to hear all sorts of reasons why China’s ongoing stock market collapse doesn’t matter to Western investors.<p><i>Their mainland stock market is closed to foreign investors. They were sitting on bubbles and everyone knew it. They were highly leveraged.</i><p>All of these things are true, but they …

Stock Markets

Opinion: 12 market-beating stocks from a 214-year-old strategy

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — People love winners more than they do losers. And though it seems too easy and too good to be true, that is a …

Stock Markets

How Russian Lobbyists Are Manipulating American Perceptions of the Ukraine Conflict

Ukraine is fighting an uphill war against Russia on many fronts, including simmering hot war in east Ukraine, its uneven battle against Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine, and its attempts to neutralize hostile Viktor Yanukovich oligarchs who are still on the loose.<p>Add a new one to the list: …

The Hugely Profitable, Wholly Legal Way to Game the Stock Market

It’s an easy way to game the stock market, and getting easier by the day.<p>With some deft maneuvers, hedge funds and Wall Street trading desks are …

Buy Gold & Silver IRAs, Bullion, and Coins

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Citigroup Just Cornered The "Precious Metals" Derivatives Market

One week ago, when we scoured through the latest OCC quarterly derivative report (in which we find that the top FDIC insured 4 US banks continue to …

Investing

Is War With China Avoidable?

Ghost Fleet author Peter W. Singer answers some frequently asked questions<p>1) <i>What is Ghost Fleet about? What does it mean, “A Novel of the Next World War?”</i><p>Ghost Fleet explores what would happen if the brewing Cold War with Russia and China ever turned hot. What makes it different, however, that it …

Teaching kids to code, using Minecraft's building blocks

Parents might be happy to know their kids can get a head start in the competitive slipstream of computer programming by doing something they already enjoy -- playing video games.<p>That's the goal of Server Design 1, a new online course rolled out Tuesday by Youth Digital, a tech education company …

National Parks

Farmville's creator on how to make addictive games

Not every Facebook user has played <i>Farmville</i>, but every Facebook user definitely knows about it. To non-players, the fervour with which their Facebook …

FarmVille

Opinion: The dirty little secret advisers won’t tell you

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — The news media are drawing all the wrong lessons from Meredith Whitney’s decision last week to close down her hedge …

Investing

GOLDMAN: Here are the 14 best stocks for fat dividends and huge buybacks

And so with Goldman seeing stock prices get near their target, the firm has a basket of stocks that return cash through buybacks and dividends.<p>We've highlighted the stocks in Goldman's "Total Cash Return to Shareholders" basket, which provides investors more than a 14% total yield on a trailing …

ETFs win the battle, but will they help you win the war?

A nail gun is a handy tool, so long as you’re not shooting yourself in the foot with it.<p>The same can be said for exchange-traded funds.<p>It’s now …

Investing

Opinion: Why investors are helpless against Wall Street’s secret brainwashing machine

Yes, the new behavioral economics is Wall Street’s secret mind-control brainwashing machine. Call it behavioral economics, psychology of investing, …

Critical Thinking

A Multinational Trojan Horse: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

<i>"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."</i><p>-- James Madison in <i>The Federalist Papers</i>.<p>(Image source: Wikimedia)<p>You don't have to know much about the "trade" deal called the Trans-Pacific …

The Civil War Isn’t Over

150 years after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Americans are still fighting over the great issues at the heart of the conflict.<p>On this 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, Americans mark the end of the Civil War. The questions at the heart of the war, though, still occupy the …

War

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …