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The Looming Public Pension Fund Crisis

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


The United States’ public pension funds are in a terrible predicament. As of August 2017, Bloomberg reported that 43 out of 50 States have had a disturbing increase in their funding ratio gaps, with only District of Columbia being overfunded out of all 50 states. The PEW Charitable Trusts reports that overall, the public pension […]

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U.S. Healthcare: The Most UnAmerican Industry

By: Paul S. Vancea


In the past three decades, the U.S. healthcare industry has evolved to resemble a poorly regulated market, where financial incentives are set to default to the most expensive treatment option possible. Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA, ObamaCare) President Obama compromised with the medical industry to pass a bill that aimed to cover all Americans; […]

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Understanding and dealing with bubbles – a review of the state of the art

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


Take a close look around you. There seems to be today bubbles boiling up everywhere. There are bubbly stock markets like India, Brazil, and the U.S. Lots of bond bubbles: U.S. Treasuries, U.S. corporate bonds, global bonds in general, subprime auto bonds. There’s talk of a bubble in the international art market, solar energy, venture […]

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A COMPLEX SYMPHONY TO BE CONDUCTED, NOT REGULATED

By: Paul S. Vancea


The U.S. energy industry is undergoing a change of direction, as President Trump focuses on economic policies that help the U.S. economy, rather than taking misguided action in the name of global warming. When it comes to the energy industry, the goal is to make America energy independent, through an “America First” energy plan. America’s […]

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The FATCA Debacle Requires Repeal

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


In April 2017, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) finally brought efforts to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to U.S. Congress. Senator Paul further testified before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee on the benefits of FATCA repeal. According to Senator Paul, “FATCA disregards the Fourth Amendment and […]

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