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Freelance Financial Columnist and Feature Writer

Financial columnist and feature writer for The New York Times, Reuters and, among other organizations.

The truth about mutual-fund returns isn’t in the numbers — Over-sharing these days is rampant, and too much information also afflicts mutual-fund managers and their investors. One type of information that there may be too much of is performance data. That sums up the criticism that François Sicart, chairman of Tocqueville Asset Management, expressed in a recent note to investors.

Employee or Contractor? Health Care Law Raises Stakes — If you work for a living, do you know who your boss is? And if you run a business, do you know who's on your payroll? These are simple questions. But you may not have the same answers as the Internal Revenue Service. The I.R.S.

Maybe the Young Shouldn’t Dive Into Stocks — Young people are almost always encouraged to load up on stocks in their retirement portfolios. The prospect of returns higher than bonds over the long run in exchange for greater short-term price swings is considered a deal too good to pass up for someone with money that will remain untouched for many years.

Second-Guessing the Global Economic Funk — If global financial markets are telling a story, it's one set in a dystopia where chronic malaise keeps the economy on the verge of recession and companies can't raise prices because people can't afford to pay more. One sign of the grim outlook is the collapse in oil prices to about $45 a barrel, close to a six-year low, from $108 last June.

Market conditions still don’t favor stockpickers — In my last column, James Stack of InvesTech Research warned that index funds can pose more risks than investors realize, and leave them vulnerable to steeper losses in the next bear market than actively managed funds. His case rested on two tendencies of index funds: to stress momentum over value and to remain fully invested.

Trying to Capitalize on Lower Oil Prices, Through E.T.F.s — ONE of the biggest events in an eventful fourth quarter of 2014 may have been something that didn't happen. As crude oil prices plunged during the period, investors counted on Saudi Arabia to announce a production cut to support the market when OPEC met in late November.

Troubling things index funds won’t tell you — The impact of index funds has been revolutionary. When John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, introduced the first vehicle designed to passively track the performance of a stock index about 40 years ago, it was derided as "Bogle's Folly." Today the fund's successors, at Vanguard and elsewhere, hold $2 trillion in assets.

Art Fair Energizes Economy of Region — If you're looking to invigorate a community's economy and social life, bringing in tens of thousands of well-to-do, art-loving out-of-towners for a long weekend isn't a bad way to start. That, more or less, happens each year at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and the results have been impressive.

Bearish sentiment gives gold bugs glimmer of hope — Sentiment toward gold is at such a bearish extreme, it seems as if every market seer is saying it's time to buy because nearly everyone else has been selling. Various sources, such as a blog for the financial advice firm HighTower and the investment newsletter Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, have highlighted data from Daily Sentiment Index showing the lack of love for gold.

Junk Bonds Flourish Amid Low Interest Rates, but So Do Default Worries — A big wave of defaults in the junk bond market may be on the way. But some say there may be no reason for investors in the sector to worry. Extremely low interest rates and a thirst for speculation have made the high-yield debt market - as it is known formally - bigger than ever.
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Mar 11, 2015

Not sure "hurling" is the word he's looking for. Then again... RT @Astro_Ron: 3 humans (cont)

Mar 01, 2015

They had to be ordered? RT @sqwerin: The CDC has ordered Tulane's primate center to stop research (cont)

Feb 27, 2015

RIP RT @TheRealNimoy: A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

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