1. Lowell Ponte: Where Can Investors Turn if U.S. Stocks and Banks are Rigged?
2. Christina Tobin: The Right to Participate in Democracy through Political Contributions
3. Ryan Mauro: Afghan Troops Push Back Taliban for Successful Election
4. Sandy Botkin: Obamacare and Small Businesses
5. John LeBoutillier: Were the Obamacare Sign-Up Numbers Rigged for the 2014 Campaign?
Where Can Investors Turn if U.S. Stocks and Banks are Rigged?
By Lowell Ponte
Two shocking financial news stories hit the wires last week: First, evidence indicates the U.S. stock market may be rigged - front-run by high-speed traders who push stock prices up in a millisecond to skim profits. Second, the world's 12 largest banks are being sued for rigging the foreign exchange markets over the last decade. For nearly one-half of Americans, news of stock market "rigging" is irrelevant because they've bailed out of stock investing all together over the past five years. Did you know that your money deposited in most U.S. banks could be subject to withdrawal restrictions and even confiscation by existing Executive Orders and International Law? One-third of Americans ignore these risks because they have less than $1,000 in savings. Another one-third of our fellow citizens have less than $25,000 saved, with many assuming that our spendaholic politicians will bail them out. [more...] Watch this.
The Right to Participate in Democracy through Political Contributions
How far can the U.S. Supreme Court go serving the interests of the political elite before it all backfires? The Court's decision removing the limit on the amount of money an individual can donate to political campaigns is so outrageous that it is bound to cause people to lose even more faith in their government and the political process. In a way, this is one of the best things that could have happened this election season for Independents, who do not have the money of big corporate lobbyists behind them, because they will stand out as honest candidates who represent the people. [more...]
Afghan Troops Push Back Taliban for Successful Election
By Ryan Mauro
As unpopular as the war in Afghanistan is, the April 5 presidential election is a moment the West and Afghans can be proud of. The Afghan security forces prevented chaos and turnout was about 60% with one-third of voters being women. The frontrunner, Abdullah Abdullah, wants to immediately sign an agreement to keep U.S. troops around. The incredibleness of what's been achieved can only be appreciated if you think about the obstacles Afghanistan faced. [more...] Watch 'Mosque with extremist ties conducting prison outreach.'
Obamacare and Small Businesses
By Sandy Botkin
I have been getting a lot of questions about how Obamacare applies to small businesses. At the outset, most of the strategies such as heath savings accounts, medical savings accounts and flexible spending accounts are still available. As a small employer with less than 50 employees, you do NOT need to provide health insurance to your employees. If you do, however, provide coverage, you have several choices among those selected:
1. Section 105, self-insured medical plan
2. A flexible spending account (FSA)
2. A flexible spending account (FSA)
3. A Health Savings Account (HSA)
I want to note that if you do provide group health insurance, you need to pay at least 50% of the cost of the plan. [more...]
Were the Obamacare Sign-Up Numbers Rigged for the 2014 Campaign?
Were this week’s shocking Obamacare sign-up numbers real – or just a campaign gimmick? Should Israeli spy Jonathon Pollard be freed? Did the IRS and other federal agencies target other U.S. citizens thus making them real-life enemies of the state? This – and much more – will be discussed by the POLITICAL INSIDERS on Fox News Channel this Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET. [more...]