Pressing Investment Adviser Oversight Resource Challenges

January 20, 2011
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Last night the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a study required under Section 914 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act assessing the resource challenges the agency faces in its oversight of investment advisers and analyzing the various policy options available to Congress to address that challenge. CFA Director of Investor...

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Consumers Abused By Banks As Federal Protection Agency Still 6 Months Away

January 20, 2011
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In a scan of market developments in the six months following passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Federation of America has found financial products and services offered to American families that come complete with unfair and abusive terms and conditions, and some that violate financial laws. “These...

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Dollars for Docs Sparks Policy Rewrite at Colorado Teaching Hospitals

January 20, 2011
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Dollars for Docs Sparks Policy Rewrite at Colorado Teaching Hospitals

by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2011, 2:53 p.m. UC Denver (wools/Flickr) The University of Colorado Denver and its affiliated teaching hospitals have launched an overhaul of conflict of interest policies after a ProPublica database revealed extensive ties between its faculty and pharmaceutical companies. At a meeting of the faculty...

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CollegeTextbooks: How To Get Best Deals On Textbooks

January 20, 2011
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CollegeTextbooks: How To Get Best Deals On Textbooks

Thanks for Tara Siegel Bernard for her New York Times article on how to get the best deals on textbooks, a process made difficult by some colleges and professors who unconscionably profit off of students' pain. Its the Internet, not the college book store that is a student's and their parents best friend.

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Top Ten Legal Drugs That Can Lead To Violence

January 20, 2011
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Top Ten Legal Drugs That Can Lead To Violence

"When people consider the connections between drugs and violence, what typically comes to mind are illegal drugs like crack cocaine. However, certain medications — most notably, some antidepressants like Prozac — have also been linked to increase risk for violent, even homicidal behavior," says Time magazine's Healthnet. The column, written by Maia Szalavitz, quotes a...

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Conn Proposing Bill To Stop Outsourcing Legal Work

January 19, 2011
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In an effort to protect new lawyers but add costs to consumers and businesses, State Rep. Patricia Dillon is proposing legislation in Connecticut to bar law firms from outsourcing work to overseas attorneys. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, Dillon is concerned that outsourcing of legal work might take jobs away from recent law...

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Tens Of Thousands Of Ct Residents Would Lose Insurance Without Health Care Bill

January 19, 2011
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Comptroller Kevin Lembo today announced that a new federal analysis reveals that 154,000 Connecticut residents with some type of pre-existing condition – including heart disease and cancer – would be at risk of losing health coverage without the federal Affordable Care Act. As the state’s fiscal guardian and co-chair of the state’s health care...

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GRANNY SNATCHING: The Elderly and Drugs

January 19, 2011
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GRANNY SNATCHING: The Elderly and Drugs

Have you ever visited a facility where seniors gather for a meal and observed the little cases many people carry with rainbow assortments of pills inside? I have, and I have even noticed at times that there are multiple plastic modules with the initials for the days of the week inscribed on top alongside...

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Cold? Snowed In? The Warm World Beckons

January 19, 2011
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As warm as is my heart at the moment, this nippy winter does inspire daydreams of toastier climes. And along comes good old Travelzoo.com to stoke the fantasy machine. Among its bargains this week are: # An 18-day (wisely, they say “18-night”) cruise of the South Pacific for $2499 per person. This deal includes...

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