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Obamacare premium spikes in 2018 now greater than two thirds of a family’s wages in some areas

Just as in 2016, Obamacare could remain one of the major hot button topics for voters going into the 2018 mid-term elections.  And unless the Congressional Republicans can hammer out some form of repeal, replace, or adaptation of the Healthcare Act before the end of 2017, then premiums are expected to once again skyrocket for the majority of American families next year. And how high might some of these prem ...

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No new ideas: Congressional Democrats want to bail out state pension debts with… more debt

If there is one thing you can always set your watch to is that with Democrats in Congress, the solution to any problem is to spend more money and create more debt.  And as such it should come as no surprise when a week ago a Senator from Ohio announced plans to introduce a new bill intended to help bailout state pension funds with... Treasury debt. That's right... the solution for underfunded debt obligatio ...

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Alibaba implements unique online and offline retail integration in opposition to Amazon’s model of retail takeovers

China's Alibaba and the U.S.'s Amazon are without a doubt the two biggest players in the online retail sphere, however it is becoming very apparent that each have much different ideas on how to expand their individual business models. For Amazon, their focus has been on the acquisition of brick and mortar retail in order to integrate them in a way that will most likely lead to the destruction of competition ...

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Wealth inequality has hit the extreme in America as top 3 billionaires own more than 50% of the population combined

Thanks to the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of pushing cheap money to Wall Street, the central bank's program of destroying the Middle Class and siphoning wealth to the top 1% has nearly been accomplished.  And because of the artificial bubble that has grown in equity markets since 20010 following QE and the end of the Great Recession, the three richest Americans now control more wealth than the botto ...

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The business of America is no longer business, but caring for the sick

Exactly 100 years ago, a label was given to the dying Ottoman Empire where the coalition tied to the Central Powers during World War I was called the Sick Man of Europe.  And this label would eventually become part of the mainstream as it would one day be tagged to nearly every European country during the 20th century. Now here in the 21st century the 'sick man' title could easily be placed on the American ...

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Combined consumer debt back at all-time highs heading into Christmas shopping season

After a brief respite earlier in 2017, all of a sudden consumer debt across the board has surged in the areas of student loans, auto loans, and credit card debt just weeks before retailers hope to have their biggest selling period of the year. In fact credit card debt has soared back over the $1 trillion mark after falling below this Maginot lone during the summer, leading to a validation of a recent survey ...

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Trump’s tax reform will be meaningless unless he stops the Fed from imposing the hidden tax of inflation

For producers and consumers there are two primary ways to be taxed... directly and indirectly.  And judging by how the Fed has been allowed to hold sway over both fiscal and monetary policies since the 2008 Financial Crisis, President Trump's tax reform plan will end up being meaningless if he doesn't reign in the central bank's programs that have led to rising inflation. Over the past several years the Fed ...

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Not everyone is looking forward to tax reform as Congress is about to find out

For most corporations, small businesses, and individuals tax reform will be a welcome relief after more than two decades of rising taxes across the board.  However there are a number of groups who could actually lose some of their long-standing benefits which even go back to the Great Depression era, and they are preparing to engage in a full court press on Congress to lobby legislators towards protecting t ...

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50 years of rising inflation has led to Americans working longer, and dying earlier

For all intents and purposes the Great Society implemented by then President Lyndon Bains Johnson has been an undeniable failure.  It's goals were to end poverty and racial injustice, however there is more poverty today in the U.S. than in 1965 when the welfare state was created, and perceived racial injustice is just as great as ever. In the mid-1960's America had a booming economy and a relatively balance ...

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The future of capital creation on Wall Street begins in the cryptocurrency sphere with Overstock ICO set for Nov. 1

For corporations there are three different methods in which they can acquire necessary capital to grow their businesses.  First, if they are a private company they can apply for and implement an Initial Public Offering (IPO).  Second, if they are already a publicly traded company they can dilute their stock by selling shares.  And finally there is the option for a company to sell corporate bonds at an estab ...

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Russiagate takes massive turn as Hillary and the FBI now at the center of bribery, collusion and corruption scandals

For more than nine months the Establishment has attempted to discredit President Trump's victory by investigating a Russian non-story that has cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, and kept Trump from being able to go forward with his agenda.  But in less than a week, major breakthroughs in the scandal known as Russiagate have emerged, only the criminals at the center of it appear to be none other than Hi ...

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As part of tax reform Congress is looking at limiting deductions for contributions to 401K plans

When it comes to IRA's and 401K's, these programs are a catch-22.  The positive side of course is that contributions to each provide individuals a way to cut down on their tax obligations in the short term while also investing for their retirement decades down the road.  However there is also the dirty little secret few ever realize when they simply give thousands of dollars to Wall Street, and that is that ...

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