May 23, 2011
I am 75, a widow on a fixed, retirement income, and the mortgage on my home was paid off a number of years ago.
I placed my modest savings in CDís, now earning about 1.5% interest. These low interest rates doubtless drove additional money to the stock market, derivatives and other risky instruments. While I am curtailing my expenses to stay within my means, bankers, brokers and hedge fund managers make obscene earnings for engaging in high stakes gambling. I cannot do this with my limited discretionary funds. So I also canít benefit from the lower Income tax rate on stocks.
Recently, my homeís assessed valuation dropped from $591,000 in 2009 to $473,000 in 2011. I donít mind sacrificing in tough economic times, but I donít like to do it alone, or so disproportionately.
Please restore regulation to the finance industry!!