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I'm a former financial columnist for the Los Angeles Times (1990-2011), now an independent investor, writer and consultant. Love LA -- esp. when it rains.

Investing Quarterly: Where to invest for growth?

latimes.com — When Internet stock analysts at brokerage Morgan Stanley wrote their 2001 investment outlook in December 2000, they laid out glowing assessments of the future for Yahoo Inc. and rival America Online. There would be "a few huge winners" in the long run among Internet names, and Yahoo and AOL fit the bill, Morgan Stanley said.

Big-name stocks have lagged the bull market run the last 3 years

latimes.com — When investors think of "growth" stocks, some classic American names usually come to mind: Coca-Cola Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., McDonald's Corp., Procter & Gamble Co. But many of those classics have taken a back seat in the bull market's advance over the last three years.

Investing: great growth stocks - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Buying shares of a growth company early in its run to greatness is the holy grail of stock picking. But after the market's phenomenal five-year bull run, finding undiscovered gems today is no easy feat. So we hunted for companies that could keep flying high but whose share prices relative to expected earnings are still reasonable for a long-term investor.

Some ideas for investors on how to cope with low interest rates

latimes.com — It's a good bet that millions of Americans would be thrilled to earn just 5% again at the corner bank. Good luck with that. If interest rates are stuck near current low levels for years to come, as many Wall Street pros predict, investors and savers may need a new game plan.

Why interest rates may stay very low for a lot longer

latimes.com — Since the financial crash of 2008, one of the biggest guessing games in the U.S. economy and markets has centered on interest rates - and when they would finally rise from the historic lows that followed the Great Recession. But year after year, analysts who predicted a sustained rebound in rates have been foiled.

Stock market grinds out gains in first half

latimes.com — It was a slow grind, but U.S. stocks posted gains in the second quarter and first half, extending the bull run into a sixth year. In a surprise, investors also were rewarded for sticking with bonds, as interest rates resumed their decline after surging late in 2013.

Stock market grinds out gains in first half

latimes.com — It was a slow grind, but U.S. stocks posted gains in the second quarter and first half, extending the bull run into a sixth year. In a surprise, investors also were rewarded for sticking with bonds, as interest rates resumed their decline after surging late in 2013.

This could be the right time for 'go-anywhere' mutual funds

latimes.com — Over the last six years, roaring bears and raging bulls both have had their turns to be right about financial markets. But investing success in the next market phase could be far more about pinpointing individual opportunities than riding a wave.

Baby boomer market bust?

articles.latimes.com — As 70 million people born between 1946 and 1964 begin retiring, the big question is: Will they bail out of stocks and other assets to pay for their golden years? For the last 40 years or so, many baby boomers have saved and invested diligently for their retirement.

Stocks soar in 2013 as fear bubble pops

latimes.com — When Wall Street finally stopped living in fear of another bust, the opposite happened: a market boom that propelled U.S. stocks to their biggest rally in at least 16 years. Share prices ended Tuesday with more gains, capping a stunning advance that drove the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index up 29.6% for the year to all-time highs.
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Oct 21, 2014

Diversity: It's what makes America, America. Now more than ever. Great statistical look by USA TODAY: usatoday.com/longform/news/…

Oct 21, 2014

Airline stocks resurge after ebola scare. Lotta love for $LUV (Southwest): bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

Oct 21, 2014

Barbarians at the Gates: Will activist investors soon target struggling giants like IBM, Coke and McDonald's? finance.yahoo.com/news/are-coke-…

Oct 21, 2014

Big rally in industrial stocks today says investors believe capital spending part of economy will get better. $ROK, $EMR, $PX

Oct 20, 2014

If you believe their numbers, China's economy grew a little faster than expected last quarter. bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-2…

Oct 20, 2014

Holiday gift idea for the aspiring sniper in the family: Gun kills insects by shooting table salt at them. For real. bugasalt.com

Oct 20, 2014

Jet fuel prices are way down, so ... airlines announce fare hikes. You heard that right. finance.yahoo.com/news/us-airlin…

Oct 20, 2014

BTW, if you bought Apple $AAPL in early 2010 your annual dividend yield alone now is 6.3%. bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

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