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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.

G.M.O. Dilemma: Swaying a Wary Public — Genetic food modification worked out well the first time it was tried. By planting seeds from the best grain season after season or breeding the best animals to one another, our ancestors changed gene pools and gave civilization its start.

This study shows stock-fund managers can beat an index — The average index fund is expected to outperform the average actively managed fund with the same investment objective. Why? Because both collectively make up the market in that asset class, and passively managed index funds have lower expenses. The evidence at first seems overwhelming.

The right way to buy energy sector ETFs — Investors are chided continually for getting excited and buying assets at the top and panicking and selling at the bottom. For example, TrimTabs Investment Research recently admonished those who were buying energy exchange-traded funds after those commodities had lost as much as 60% of their value.

Exploring Easier Ways to Save More and Cut Risk — Your retirement portfolio may be bigger than you realize. At least it would be if all your resources - your salary and home and not just the 401(k) plan at work - were enlisted to accumulate enough wealth to satisfy your needs and wants in old age, some financial advisers say.

‘Smart beta’ ETFs aren’t such a dumb move — "Smart beta" may be the biggest phenomenon in exchange-traded funds. Assets in these portfolios, which track stock indexes but tweak the component weightings based on a formula that the managers expect to enhance long-term, risk-adjusted returns, totaled $441 billion on March 31, according to investment researcher Morningstar, or 26.6% of assets in all stock ETFs.

World’s Fairs and Their Legacies — World's fairs exist to provide a glimpse into the future. They showcase technological breakthroughs like the telephone introduced at the 1876 Philadelphia exposition and the diesel engine that chugged along at the Paris fair in 1900, powered by peanut oil, of all things.

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.
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Jun 25, 2015

My @nytimes piece on genetically modified food: It's healthy; it's just the idea that's unpalatable.…

Jun 08, 2015

Can anyone suggest a financial adviser who uses ETFs to build long/short bond portfolios? This is for an NY Times story. Please DM me.

May 14, 2015

ICYMI…Thinking of buying energy ETFs? Consider ones that hold stocks, not commodities. My MarketWatch column…

May 14, 2015

ICYMI…a holistic approach to retirement saving: factoring in your salary and non-401k assets. My @nytimes piece:…

May 14, 2015

Thinking of buying energy ETFs? Consider ones that hold stocks, not commodities. My MarketWatch column…

May 14, 2015

A holistic approach to retirement saving: factoring in your salary and assets outside your 401k. My @nytimes piece…

Apr 28, 2015

A plausible -- and benign -- explanation from @humblestudent on why low capital spending isn't so bad:

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