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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.

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.

Here’s yet another reason to sell a mutual fund — When superstar bond-fund manager Bill Gross left Pimco for Janus in late September, it was the job change heard 'round the world, blamed for disrupting bond markets as money exited the Pimco funds he handled. Manager departures aren't usually as earth-shaking, but they can cause changes in fund performance and must be factored into investors' thinking.

Making Sure Retirement Savings Don’t Run Out — We are living longer, but the life expectancy of our money may have trouble keeping pace. The combination of longer retirements and more exaggerated cycles in financial markets heightens what financial advisers call longevity risk, the possibility of running out of money before running out of time.

Companies Seeing the Advantages in Spinoffs — As corporate deal makers set a record pace for mergers, some boards have been heading in the other direction. EBay and Hewlett-Packard are two recent examples of prominent companies that announced plans to spin off chunks of their businesses into separate entities.

A Loss of Altitude at the Quarter’s Close — BLACK swans - those rare, disastrous events that can derail bull markets - were thought to be lurking everywhere during the third quarter, from China to Ukraine to the Middle East - even Scotland. Yet stock indexes rose for nearly the entire period, continually setting record highs.

These mutual funds give hedge funds a run for their money — Usually you get what you pay for, but sometimes you get a lot less. A common raw deal for common investors is the so-called closet index tracker - a fund that's supposed to be actively managed and charges fees accordingly, yet has a portfolio that varies hardly at all from its benchmark index.

One Key to Exports: Liquid Gas — New methods of producing natural gas are expected to turn the United States from an importer into a large exporter in less than a decade, assuming that the gas can be exported in sufficient quantities cheaply enough to compete on world markets.

These ‘diversified’ stock funds spread your money too thin — Some funds are doomed before they invest a single dollar. Franklin Double Tax-Free Income (FPRTX) , highlighted here last month, was designed in a way that forced the managers to own a limited number of securities whose price movements were bound to be highly correlated: municipal bonds issued in Puerto Rico and a few other overseas American territories that are nice places to visit, but you wouldn't want to invest there.

Resurgence in Oil and Gas Sector Spurs Merger Boom — The merger boom in the energy sector shows no signs of slowing. As energy production in the United States rises substantially, pipeline and storage companies will look to expand capacity through acquisitions, industry analysts and investors forecast. "Companies are lining up to take advantage of this production-growth story," said Quinn Kiley, a manager of energy infrastructure investment portfolios for Advisory Research Inc.
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Nov 26, 2014

Not that closely related, but "guinea pig" becomes "Indian rabbit" in Maltese. (cont)

Nov 26, 2014

And bitching about economic stagnation RT @ellencarmichael: It's 4 o'clock and the French are already off work, smoking and drinking wine

Nov 24, 2014

Evidence for better global economic climate is FORECAST growth higher than ACTUAL growth was in 2012. Those aren't the same things. 3/3

Nov 24, 2014

Story has people saying stocks won’t fall now cause global economic climate better than in last cut in 2012…so why do they need to cut? 2/3

Nov 21, 2014

Thanks! RT @SriKGlobal: Must Read: @deaenlle on risk in HY bond market in the current low interest rate environment

Nov 21, 2014

@Languagebandit No prize, but my obscurity comment was meant to express appreciation, not ridicule.

Nov 20, 2014

ICYMI and you’re a junk bond junkie, here’s @martinfridson going over his projection of $1.6t in high-yield defaults…

Nov 20, 2014

Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing a lot more talk than usual about how favorable the seasonal pattern for stocks is now?

Nov 20, 2014

And the most obscure tweet ever is... RT @Languagebandit: It is uncertain whether the Tifinagh (cont)

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