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Retirement money: You can’t just make s’more

by Nilus Mattive |

Last week’s article on the simmering public pension crisis generated a lot of response from readers, and rightly so: It’s a huge topic. It isn’t getting enough airplay from the mainstream media. Most importantly, it’s going to end up hitting all of us one way or another.

Here are a few of the comments that came in …

Dave wrote:

"There’s plenty of blame to go around. First, and ultimately, the taxpayers are to blame. They keep electing the same politicians over and over, and choose to ignore the important issues such as this. The politicians …

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U.S. Inflation Goes Ballistic. What will gold and silver do?

by John Ross Crooks III |

Alert the media — three key measures of U.S. inflation have exceeded the Federal Reserve’s threshold of 2%.


Here’s a chart.

Trimmed Mean CPI (blue line), Cleveland Median CPI (gray line) and Core CPI (black line) are all above the 2% line.

The only one not above 2% is the core personal consumption expenditures (red line). But that’s near 1.75% and rising.

Last Thursday was the second time I’d come across that chart. This time, it included commentary along the lines of "The dollar will collapse; buy gold!"

Will it?

Should we?

Well, in light …

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Are public pensions really “bulletproof”?

by Nilus Mattive |

Besides Warren Buffett, I seem to be one of the only people who continues to worry about a brewing crisis in our state and local retirement systems.

Like most complex — and long-trailed — problems, this is one of those things that everyone assumes will somehow work itself out.

Until it doesn’t.

Consider just the latest happenings here in California …

The state’s primary public pension plan, known as the California Public Employee Retirement System, is the largest such fund in the nation. It covers about 1.8 million people, including workers at both the state and …

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They’re at it again!

by SoundDollarCampaign |

Earlier this year, we told you how federal regulators had used Obamacare to sneak in tougher calorie-labeling requirements on products we enjoy each day. Things like deli counter subs, ice cream and even beer.

No doubt that this was another scheme by Washington to increase their powers over our lives … take away our freedom of choice … and push us closer to becoming a nanny state.

Now they’re at it again.

And you only have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern, tomorrow, Oct. 14, to voice your concerns.

Communicable diseases on the …

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