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2006 ::: October ::: Capital Flow Watch

Archive for October, 2006

New Pension Law Stiffs Workers … and Insurance Companies

As expected, the Pandora’s box called the “Pension Protection Act of 2006” is full of nasty surprises. The Wall Street Journal (October 25, 2020) reported that the new “Pension Law Shrinks Lump-Sum Payments” to workers. See: New Pension Laws Will Alter Capital Flows Here is how Congress managed to cheat American workers: Under the old law, when […]

Despite GAO Flim-Flam, Most Boomers May Be Disappointed

In recent articles, I wrote of the General Accountability Office’s endorsement of Wall Street’s rosy view of the retirement prospects of Baby Boomers, and also questioned assumptions regarding expected total return on which these views are based. The Great Retirement Experiment One question that remains is the value of assets that Baby Boomers must sell in future […]

Signs of US Losing Its Groove in International Markets?

Federal Reserve flow of funds table F107 (Rest of the World) for Q2 2006 shows that the flow of US income from other countries increased by 202% compared to flows in the year 2001. The increase in inflows in the few years since 2001 amounted to US$331.6 billion. Does this mean that all is rosy […]

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