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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, co-editor of the monthly "Hightower Lowdown" and author of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time to Take It Back," Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be -- consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
 
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Question: What does a packet of M&M’s and your local veterinarian have in common? Answer: Both are owned by Mars Inc., the global candy monopolist.Since the 1980s, we’ve seen massive consolidations in industry after industry – from airlines to newspapers, the internet to candy. These monopolists run roughshod over consumers, workers, communities, s…
 
For many people, the animals they adopt and love become more like family members than pets. We have deep relationships, with cats, dogs, parrots, goats, horses, and other fellow critters – who at least pretend to love us back, providing comfort and joy all around.Sadly though, life for all of us animals is a spin around the wheel of fortune, so ill…
 
Here are two terms you don’t expect to see together: “The state of Alabama” and “progressive leader.” (Ok, I’m a Texan, so I have no standing to point at the rank regressiveness of any other state government … but still, Alabama?) And yet, the Camellia State has flowered as a model of strong progressive action in one area of critical public importa…
 
Nearly every nation with an advanced economy (and some not so advanced) treats child care as a fundamental public good essential to nurturing children, families, and the whole society. But not our US of A.Indeed, our so-called leaders relegate millions of working parents and 21 million kids under 5 to the tender mercies of a for-profit market, with…
 
Most people believe the American economy is being rigged by and for bankers, CEOs, and other superrich elites, because… well, because it is!With their hired armies of lawmakers, lobbyists, lawyers, and the like, they fix the economic rules so even-more of society’s money and power flows uphill to them. Take corporate CEOs. While 2020 was somewhere …
 
Exciting news from Wall Street: Our wealth markets are booming!Everything from the Dow Jones Average to gold prices are rocketing to new records, showering us with wealth from above. Oh… wait. Maybe you’re one of the big majority of workaday Americans who don’t own stocks or gold, so maybe you’re not celebrating Wall Street’s big boom. But just chi…
 
Corporate ideologues never cease blathering that government programs should be run like a business.Really – what businesses would they choose? Pharmaceutical profiteers? Big Oil? Wall Street money manipulators? High tech billionaires? Airline price gougers?The good news is that the great majority of people aren’t buying this corporatist blather, in…
 
When Donald Trump declared he would fix the US Postal Service, he was using the word “fix” the same way veterinarians do when you bring in your dog.Trump wasted an inordinate amount of his presidential power and prestige in a failed attempt to neuter an agency that literally delivers for the people. Extraordinary postal workers move our letters and…
 
Is “corporate ethics” an oxymoron? Do you have to be a jerk to be a successful CEO? Is exploitation the only path to profit?The good news is that many companies, big and small, in the food economy are blazing a different path through Wall Street’s jungle of greed, demonstrating that money and morality can be compatible. Texas supermarket chain HEB,…
 
We’ve got the Academy Awards, the Emmy’s, and GRAMMYs… but what should we call the award for the most extraordinary performance by a corporate profiteer? How about the “Sleazy,” with winners getting a solid gold sculpture of a middle finger? There were so many worthy contenders, but one corporation exhibited uncommon callousness, so the 2021 Sleazy…
 
Jimmy Hausberg, managing partner at The Hausberg Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., says that people staying safe at home during coronavirus but watching the market plunge and the economy grind to a halt are wondering if they're seeing the start of the next Great Depression, and they need to be working with their financial counselors to address concer…
 
Long-time HighTower money manager Andy Morse of Morse, Towey and White Group in New York acknowledges that the market's response around the coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything he's seen in his long career, but he notes that it resembles past events enough for him to know that calm and patience and adhering to strategies pursued before real trou…
 
Jeremiah Reithmiller of Sarian Strategic Partners and Steve Tresnan of Tresnan Ferst Wealth Advisors cite data showing that fixed income is no longer the same kind of buffer for equities in troubled times. But in this re-broadcast of a past Collective Wisdom episode, the two advisors come up with different solutions for balancing rate risk with the…
 
David Molnar of HighTower San Diego says that investors and advisory clients need to evaluate results based on progress toward goals rather than being focused primarily on investment returns. Focus solely on results, Molnar says, and you will miss out on the true planning and control benefits that come from planning, and that lead clients with advi…
 
Adam Thurgood of HighTower Las Vegas said that investors trying to match their risk tolerance to the market right now should not play defense by stretching for yield in today's low-interest-rate environment, noting that he does not suggest loading up on dividend-paying domestic stocks but instead wants to achieve greater diversification and return …
 
A year ago, the stock market shocked investors by cratering just after Thanksgiving, and while no one is calling for a similar event this year, Jimmy Hausberg of The Hausberg View in Beverly Hills, Calif., talks about the importance of keeping that decline in mind, investing as if the next downturn is on the way, even if the current landscape is do…
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors in Mission Woods, Kansas and the Upticks podcast discusses the effects of modern media on investors, how it often leads to ideas that disrupt a portfolio rather than enhance it. Falcon talks about the messages individual investors should be listening for -- where it feels like they are having a mini-meeting wit…
 
Andy Morse, senior partner at Morse, Towey and White Group in New York, said that investors can't believe that politics doesn't impact the market because earnings and policy are two factors that go a long way to driving the market. Morse said that interest rates have settled down -- even if future cuts and hikes are uncertain -- but that trade conc…
 
With the trade and tariff battles between the United States and China showing no signs of abating and threatening to continue well into 2020 and the election year, Collective Wisdom today revisits a recent chat between Joseph Klein of HighTower's investment strategy team and Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors in which they talk about how trade c…
 
David Bahnsen of The Bahnsen Group discusses the intersection of politics and personal finance, noting that investors may not want to talk politics but they need to factor current events and the political climate into their investment choices. Bahnsen notes that investors can create portfolio problems when they choose to invest based more on their …
 
Mike PeQueen of HighTower Las Vegas said that investors are facing a melt-up situation, with the stock market drifting upwards despite bad-news headlines. He noted that whenever the market is showing mixed signals, the bad ones get more media coverage, so he pointed out the market's tailwinds of strong jobs reports, low unemployment, record-low mor…
 
Matt Harris, head of investment strategy at HighTower Wealth Management, says that there is a variance between how people are feeling due to economic, market and political headlines and how they are acting, which shows up in the price actions measured by technical analysis. Harris says that indicators like breadth, the spread of companies rising an…
 
Richard Flahive, private wealth advisor at Hightower Westchester, and Ray Baraldi, senior financial advisor with Sarian Strategic Partners discuss the role that real assets plan in a portfolio during volatile market times in this rebroadcast of a discussion from last summer.
 
Richard Sapertein, chief investment officer, Treasury Partners -- a HighTower advisory firm -- gave Collective Wisdom host Chuck Jaffe a surprising take on how bond investors should act in the face of negative interest rates on international treasury securities and falling interest rates at home. Saperstein said that as the negative global rate env…
 
In this re-broadcast of a discussion from earlier this year, Michael Sheldon of RDM Financial Group and Peter Lang from Hightower Westchester discuss the ways that investors can celebrate and make use of the differences between active and passive investments and the role that both can play in building a diversified portfolio.…
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors and Joseph Klein, senior investment analyst with the investment strategy team at HighTower Advisors, both expect to see sector rotation from the market during the fourth quarter of 2019, as investors continue to see a bond market and stock market that are sending different messages, with the bond market forecas…
 
Following up last week;s discussion of the trade war and tariff concerns between the United States and China, Joseph Klein, senior investment analyst with HighTower's investment strategy team, and Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors, discussed their big concerns for the market, noting that the nation's evolving health-care coverage concerns lead …
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors and Joseph Klein of HighTower's investment strategy team discussed how the ongoing trade war with China is impacting the way they position client portfolios, with both noting that there is the potential for the tariff battle to rage on well into the election year if China is determined to keep it going. Klein n…
 
Ask advisers about 'alternative investments' and you will get a wide range of answers. Alternatives can be a simple way to say you are investing in something beyond stocks, bonds and cash, or it can mean you are buying into complex assets designed to provide returns no matter the market conditions. In this rebroadcast of a recent Collective Wisdom …
 
Richard Flahive of HigTower Westchester and Ray Baraldi of Sarian Strategic Partners stressed in Collective Wwsdom that figuring out how to make savings last a lifetime takes more than picking the right retirement date. It requires appropriate timing on when to take Social Security, proper calculations of your future needs andyour budget and more.…
 
Ray Baraldi of Sarian Strategic partners and Richard Flahive of HighTower Westchester discussed the 'accumulation phase' of every saver/investor's lifetime and how gathering, gaining and controlling assets is better and easier with a defined process, rather than some vague make-as-much-as-you-can idea. Baraldi noted that planning helps to eliminate…
 
Richard Flahive of HighTower Westchester and Ray Baraldi of Sarian Strategic Partners discuss the merits of real assets -- precious metals, real estate, commodities and more -- in a portfolio and how they use real assets as a diversifier, both based on current market conditions and on long-term portfolio goals.…
 
Jimmy Hausberg of The Hausberg Group and Michael Policar of HighTower Bellevue discussed the non-traditional ways they use to diversify portfolios and protect clients from volatile markets, with Hausberg discussing newfangled defined-outcome funds while Policar said he favors what he described as 'core private real estate' as a way of creatively al…
 
Michael Policar of HighTower Bellevue and Jimmy Hausberg of The Hausberg Group answer an audience question and walk a nervous investor back from the edge of making a massive asset-allocation change out of fear of the next market downturn, noting instead that other factors -- from income to mortgage status to the actual need to tap investments to lo…
 
Jimmy Hausberg from The Hausberg Group and Michael Policar of HighTower Bellevue discuss the importance of properly assessing risk tolerance and setting appropriate asset allocations, noting that current market conditions -- with the market near highs but not seeing gut-wrenching volatility -- are ideal for making calm, rational decisions. Hausberg…
 
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