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2017

June 2, 2017

What now? Investors respond to Trump's climate chaos

Visit our Medium page to read a new piece by Pat Tomaino in response to Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Categories: Shareholder Activism, Investment Updates

2015

June 28, 2015

Investment Update - Greece: Dead End or Fresh Start?

For five years Greece has been subjected to a regime of totally inappropriate austerity. As a result, for five years its poverty and misery have increased along with its impossibly large debt burden. And for all that time many investors and observers, including us, have realized the obvious fact that Greece could not pay off its debts. The only reasonable course of action has been and still is for the lenders to recognize these facts and reverse their destructive insistence on austerity. A less tranquil alternative has been for Greece itself to simply refuse to pay. In effect that has now happened. To read the full investment update, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

2014

November 4, 2014

Investment Update - What's to be done about High Frequency Trading?

High Frequency Trading (HFT) is essentially no different from a highwayman standing in the road with a gun demanding a tributary toll from all who would go about their business to the better without him.  In his book, Flash Boys, Michael Lewis succeeded in arousing some moral outrage about this highway robbery mostly outside of the circle of financial professionals.  Most financial professionals seem to think that the amount it is costing investors is small enough to fall off their moral radar screens and that the high frequency traders deserve some reward for their ingenuity and investment.  To read the full investment update, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

2013

November 26, 2013

Obamacare - Investment update

America spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world, despite our uniquely non-socialized system, yet our health outcomes are at or below the bottom of the range for developed countries.  Total healthcare spending in the US amounts to $8,500 per person, more than double the $3,900 median value for healthcare spending in 21 other advanced economies. And what does all this extra spending provide US residents? Fewer doctors (2.5 per 1,000 people vs. 3.5 elsewhere) and lower life expectancy (78.7 years vs. 81.2).  Why? To read more, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

October 10, 2013

Extortion - Investment Update

Like any good tantrum, the Tea Party’s recent hysterics are full of passion and logical incoherence. They claim concern over the deficit although the deficit is not a problem today. However it could become a problem, largely due to rising healthcare costs. At the same time, they are also apoplectic about the landmark healthcare law now being implemented, designed specifically to tame the same rising healthcare costs. Yet, while their contradictory and changing positions make it unclear what they want, it is clear how they plan on achieving it: extortion. To read more, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

July 11, 2013

Sunny Outlook For Solar Power

As part of the progressive business community, we have a responsibility to do our part as investors and advocates in support of a world-wide transition to a low carbon economy. Solar energy holds the greatest promise for a renewable energy source with the potential to significantly replace fossil fuels. To read our current thoughts on solar power, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

February 28, 2013

Sequester - Investment Update

As we write this, the sequester has come into effect and will add to the current policy of implementing ill-timed reductions in government spending. The sequester mandates cuts to defense and discretionary spending which will reduce GDP growth this year by about 0.6%. This is terrible economic policy as the recovery following the global financial crisis is still weak, and unemployment in the US is still too high. Of course, the sequester came about as a cynical political calculation aimed at the twin agenda of tax cuts for the privileged and cuts to the safety net of social programs for the vulnerable, not as economic policy that would spur higher employment. To read more, click here.

Category: Investment Updates

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