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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.

Balancing Costs and Competition — Renewable energy was never a bargain compared with fossil fuels like natural gas and coal. Steep price declines in those commodities, especially lately, make it even tougher for alternatives like solar, wind and hydroelectric power to compete. Natural gas costs about $2.60 per thousand cubic feet, barely half as much as a year ago and over 80 percent less than its 2005 peak.

The Limits of Outsmarting a Strong Dollar — When you buy foreign stocks, you get stakes in foreign companies and also the currencies they do business in. If you have been invested abroad over the last year or so, there is a good chance that you have been happy with the first part. But the currency exposure? Probably not.

A Market Rally Without Steam — Stocks and bonds ended the first three months of 2015 little changed, leveling off from the steep rise of recent years and raising questions about the road ahead. The stall coincided with signs of flagging momentum in economic growth and corporate earnings and an assortment of foreign developments that threatened to derail the markets.

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.
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Apr 23, 2015

How is the renewable energy business coping as fossil-fuel prices plunge? Better than you'd think. My @nytimes piece:…

Apr 22, 2015

2/2 Carry trade could be unwound if Fed stays loose (which has been bullish til now), hitting #dollar and U.S. assets…

Apr 22, 2015

Good analysis from Research Affiliates: Catalyst for #dollar carry trade is EXPECTED higher rates, not ACTUAL (1/2)…

Apr 13, 2015

Jim Grant on impact of artificially low rates: "If companies can't fail that means somebody else can't start."

Apr 13, 2015

My other @nytimes piece: You can use ETFs to hedge currency exposure, but resisting the strong dollar may be futile:…

Apr 13, 2015

Stocks still climbing, but just barely. Fed no longer "patient." What about stock buyers? My @nytimes Q1y overview:…

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