We have to remember that the same banks responsible for so much of the financial strife, confusion, and crisis are guided by social forces. When we believe our financial systems are beyond our control, we neglect our responsibility to those most impacted by its flaws.
In recent years, we have developed an unhealthy habit of blaming the borrower, but there are two parties in every financial contract -- and the lender is almost always the more experienced, more sophisticated, and more powerful of the two.
Five ways to find the money to help fund those later years: controlling housing and transportation costs, social security, company retirement plans, and self-directed savings. A fiduciary advisor, fee-only (paid by the hour), can be an excellent source for help.
The Dodd-Frank rulemaking process, now in its fourth year, has been so long, wonky and arcane that it has entirely lost the interest of the public and the press -- as perhaps was the plan of its detractors.
President Obama's new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. European progressives are wrestling with the same challenge, and are reaching similar conclusions.
While the repeal of Glass-Steagall was certainly a part of making our system fragile to the point where it is at today, thinking that a simple solution like breaking up the banks will be the panacea that we seek is incredibly naïve.