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“$1MM Per Minute In Salaries, $22BN Per Year In Vacation Pay” And Other Fun Facts About The Federal Workforce

The folks at Open The Books decided to take a deep dive into the salaries of 1.97 million federal employees, using data collected from the Office Of Personnel Management and the USPS via FOIA requests, and the endless examples of excessive pay and pure waste are sure to make you sick, if not downright suicidal.  […]


China’s Raging Against Dying Of The Light (Or Why Peak Employment Is Imminent)

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, China's working age population is clearly defined as those aged 16 to 50 years old for females (55 for "white collar" females) and 16 to 60 years old for males.  China mandates retirement at these outer age limits.  Perhaps of some interest should be that this working age population peaked in 2011 and has […]


Forget The Phony Pension Accounting, Here’s How Much Your State Pension Is Really Underfunded

The phony assumptions that go into calculating public pension underfundings in the United States are a frequent topic for us.  As our readers are aware, state pension administrators are given fairly wide leeway to simply pick a discount rate out of thin air.  Of course, since pensions are nothing but a massive stream of future […]


How Will Tax Reform Affect You: Find Out With This Interactive Website

Will you be paying US taxes in 2018? If so, this interactive model created by JPM is for you. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law by Donald Trump this week, is projected to reduce individual tax payments by over $1 trillion over the next 10 years, more than triple […]


Is California Already In Recession?

By Political Calculations When it comes to the health of his state's economy, California Governor Jerry Brown has been walking on eggshells this year. Twice each year, once in January and again in May, Gov. Jerry Brown warns Californians that the economic prosperity their state has enjoyed in recent years won't last forever.   Brown […]


Another Liberal Governor Demands His State’s Pension Abandon Fiduciary Duties, Sell Fossil-Fuel Investments

As if public pension managers around the country weren’t having enough difficulty digging themselves out of their massive $3-$5 trillion funding gap, the chorus of liberal governors suggesting they should recklessly abandon their fiduciary obligations to future retirees and choose investments not on their financial merits but rather based on the political preferences of clueless […]


Wells Fargo, Fifth Third, Comcast Unveil Minimum Wages Hike, Bonus Payments After Tax Reform Passes

Update: Add Comcast to the list   #winning pic.twitter.com/QBForn6EeF — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 20, 2017 * * * AT&T’s announcement that it would boost US capex by $1 billion and pay a $1,000 special bonus to 200,000 employees once Trump signs the Tax Cut bill into law (ideally before the holidays), has unleashed a […]


AT&T Warms To Trump, Will Give $1,000 Bonus To 200,000 Workers, Boost CapEx After Tax Cut Becomes Law

With the relationship between AT&T (and Time Warner) and the Trump administration on the rocks, as the DOJ is now suing to break up the merger which just happens to include Trump’s media nemesis CNN, it appears that AT&T is offering an olive branch to the president, as well as a little backdoor bribe to […]


Here’s How The Dallas Police Chief Plans To Fill A Record 250 Job Openings

Deteriorating public finances in many public cities are creating headaches for some of the country’s largest police departments. The City of Dallas, as we’ve pointed out time and time again, is in a particularly difficult position. The Dallas Police & Fire Pension (DPFP), which covers nearly 10,000 police and firefighters, is on the verge of […]


Moody’s Considers Municipal Ratings Changes That Could Push Illinois Into Junk Territory

A few weeks ago, we expressed some level of astonishment that the rating agencies, in their infinite wisdom, decided to bestow an investment grade rating upon a new $3 billion bond issuance by the City of Chicago.  Of course, this wouldn’t be such a big deal but for the fact that the state of Illinois […]


Stagflation Signals Loom As Empire Fed Slides To 5 Month Lows

For the second straight month, Empire Fed Manufacturing survey disappointed expectations in December, tumbling to its lowest since July.   Under the hood are glimpses of stagflation as new orders slide but prices paid rise… and employment and workweek number stagnate (if not contract)… http://WarMachines.com


Some Ex-Cons Are Finally Finding Jobs: But Does The Fed Care?

While CNN doesn’t dedicate much time to covering the subject, we’ve repeatedly pointed out that, contrary to what conventional wisdom might lead one to believe, incarceration rates among white Americans have risen since 2000 while incarceration rates for minorities have fallen. The US prison population is finally shrinking after swelling to more than 2 million […]


Teva Soars 17% In Pre-Market – No Dividend, No Workers, No Problems

Investors are panic-buying Israeli generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical after the new CEO announces restructuring plan that involves eliminating 25% of global workforce, suspending its dividend, and warns of "downward pressure on the top line." As WSJ reports, Teva Pharmaceutical is cutting more than 25% of its workforce, suspending its dividend, and closing factories and research […]


Almost A Third Of Americans Are Working Beyond Age 65

There is a huge disparity in employment rates among over 65s across different countries… You will find more statistics at Statista As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, a recent OECD report found that the highest rates of people working beyond 65 are in Asia with Indonesia particularly notable as having a 50.6 percent employment among those in […]


Small Business Optimism Spikes To Highest Since 1983, There’s Just One Thing…

The NFIB Small Business Optimism survey hit this morning and it surged to near record highs…   With Small Businesses having never been so excited to hire people ever… Construction, manufacturing and professional services registered notable increases in planned hiring. The figures indicate the recent solid pace of job growth will be sustained and help […]