While the recession may have officially ended, many small business owners, in particular minority business owners, are still reeling from the devastating effects of the recession that began in 2007.
It's been five years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform act on July 21, 2010, saying the law would "lead all of us to a stronger, more prosperous future." Despite some positive steps, that promise remains largely unfulfilled.
On Monday, Hillary unveiled her economic agenda for strengthening the middle class. But looking at solutions like raising the minimum wage is only half the story. To evaluate the bigger picture, a review of Hillary's history with the banking industry is necessary.
For decades the idea of a financial transactions tax (FTT), in effect a modest sales tax on stock, bonds, derivatives and other financial assets, has been a fringe idea pursued by a small group of progressive politicians. Now that situation is changing.
The continuing crisis for many millions of our people gives an important opportunity to reform our monetary system and eliminate the privilege banks have to create what we use for money, when they extend loans; to eliminate their power to cause financial crises and obscenely concentrate wealth into undeserving hands.
So will your bank be open on Independence Day? To help you quickly find out if your bank will be closed on July 4, GOBankingRates confirmed Fourth of July hours from 21 of the biggest financial institutions, including Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.
A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries.
The trial of Abacus Federal Savings Bank is finally over, and the verdict is "not guilty" on all counts. This outcome should be a tremendous relief to advocates of Wall Street accountability, and the fact that the case got as far as it did should be an extraordinary embarrassment to District Attorney Cyrus Vance and his office.
The bank of the future will be in our pockets or on our wrists, not on street corners or housed in high-rise towers.
Three strikes and you are out in baseball. Three strikes -- irrespective of the crime -- and you're in prison long-term in the United States. Now, the bankers need to be subjected to the "Three Strikes and You're Out" rule.
A FTT is a great way to raise large amounts of money to meet important public needs. It will come almost entirely at the expense of the financial industry and should strengthen the economy. We now have one presidential candidate who is prepared to support a strong FTT. Are there others?
Merely 30 years ago, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone announced his desire to transform Japan into an "unsinkable aircraft carrier." Three decades later, Japan cannot plug the holes of that carrier fast enough to keep it from sinking. Is there a lesson the US can take from Japan?
To round off National Small Business Week, we're looking at ways small business owners and entrepreneurs can get a leg up on short-term funding and beginning capital. All online, and fast.
Wall Street cannot be an island unto itself and we need to break up those largest banks to put the focus back on working class Americans.
Since I agree with the vast majority of what Bernstein has to say, let me pick on three areas where I have some disagreement. The first is the discussion of the initial financial crisis that Bernstein stepped into at the start of 2009 as one of Obama's advisers.
The quarterly survey results from banking experts predict higher levels of credit card debt in 2015, which could cause consumers to have more delinquent payments.