Financial columnist for Los Angeles Times from 1990-2011, now freelance writer (investing, mkts, economy) and consultant. Love L.A. -- esp. when it rains.

Why the decade's second half may look much different from the first for investors - and workers

latimes.com — For all the pain and suffering brought on by the 2008 financial crash, the years that followed turned out to be pretty decent for the U.S. economy - at least compared with the dire forecasts that were commonplace in 2009 and 2010. Instead of spiraling into a new Depression, the economy has continued...
Jan 09, 2016

My L.A.T. story: Why the 2nd half of this decade will look much different from the 1st for investors -- and workers latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Jan 10, 2016

Why the second half of the decade may be much different than the first half for investors -- and workers latimes.com/business/la-fi…

What will aging boomers and millennials mean for economic growth?

latimes.com — The demographics of aging boomers and coming-of-age millennials will accelerate changes in the economy. The hard part is figuring whether they'll be good or bad for growth. The median age of the 75 million American baby boomers was 60 in 2015. The median age of millennials, who also number an estimated...
Jan 09, 2016

@CarthayCircleLA Thanks. Yeah, that was a burst of overconfidence in the tweet. Note the ending on this sidebar: latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Jan 10, 2016

There are 75 million baby boomers and 75 million millennials. What happens to the economy as both groups age? latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Bull market stalls; can it reignite in 2016?

latimes.com — The year 2015 may end up best remembered for frustrating bulls and bears alike on Wall Street - and leaving little clarity for either about the new year. The six-year-old stock bull market stalled out as most major U.S. share indexes posted losses for the 12 months. That disappointed the optimists.
Jan 01, 2016

The U.S. stock bull market stalled in 2015. Not so in Japan and Europe. Now what? latimes.com/business/la-fi…

How you made money -- or didn't -- in 2015

latimes.com — After three strong years in the U.S. stock market, 2015 was tougher going for many investors. Meanwhile, the bond market was riled ahead of the Federal Reserve 's first interest rate hike since 2006. And overseas, foreign markets were a mixed bag, with some surprising winners.
Dec 30, 2015

How you made money in 2015 -- or didn't. My capsule summary of returns in 15 major investment categories. latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Tallying the winners and losers in a volatile year for markets

latimes.com — Major U.S. stock indexes are poised to end 2015 little changed for the year. But under that seemingly calm surface were some dramatic swings in global markets, making for some very big winners as well as big losers in stocks, bonds, commodities and other investments. Indeed, 2015 may be remembered...
Dec 29, 2015

My look at winners and losers across the markets in 2015. Big winners: the dollar, muni bonds and the "FANG" stocks. latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Dec 29, 2015

One of 2015's big winners: Vanguard Group. It's taking in vastly more investor money than any of its fund rivals. latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Investing: Cash in on these cash-rich companies - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Sitting on cash and investments of $70 billion, the company has assured investors that however it spends the money, it will do so transparently. The reorganization financially separated the core Google businesses, which include search, Gmail, YouTube and the Android operating system, from the firm's more speculative ventures, such as health care innovations and driverless cars.

In markets' latest tumult, a lot of losers-and some surprising winners

latimes.com — Investing in financial markets in the third quarter was a lesson in humility: You lost money almost anywhere you turned. That sets the tone for the final quarter of 2015. Do money managers and amateur investors alike take bigger risks to try to salvage their year - or do they shrink back to defensive...
Oct 03, 2015

RT @latimes: In markets' latest tumult, a lot of losers—and some surprising winners lat.ms/1Gq0qCS pic.twitter.com/VLcHmisjgb

Oct 03, 2015

Tallying global markets' losses so far in this slump -- and which investments are still in the black. latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Oct 04, 2015

How bad did your nest egg get hit in Q3? A look at winners and losers in global markets. (Yes, there were winners.) latimes.com/business/la-fi…

New bear market threat forces the issue: How much can you stand to lose?

latimes.com — Game over? The turmoil that has racked financial markets for the last two months has stoked fears that stocks' six-year-long bull run has ended - and with it, hopes for a continuing economic recovery. For tens of millions of Americans who own stocks in retirement savings plans, the prospect of...
Oct 03, 2015

After 6 1/2 years, is it 'game over' for stocks' bull mkt? Time to think about how much you could stand to lose. latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Oct 04, 2015

THIS is the time to think about how you'd react to a new bear mkt -- not after we're down 40%. My L.A. Times piece: latimes.com/business/la-fi…

Oct 05, 2015

THIS is the time to think about how you'd react to a new bear mkt -- not when we're down 40%. My L.A. Times piece: latimes.com/business/la-fi…

With Fed poised to act, here's how investors can prepare for higher rates

latimes.com — It has been nearly a decade since investors have had to contend with the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. Or, from savers' viewpoint, it has been that long since the Fed did them a favor. But Wall Street's No.

Here's how Fed rate hike would pinch borrowers

latimes.com — The last six years of extraordinarily low interest rates have been all about rewarding borrowers at the expense of savers. But that is probably coming to an end. If the Federal Reserve begins raising short-term rates by year's end, as anticipated if the economic expansion continues, the costs of many forms of debt will rise from current super-cheap levels.
Jul 06, 2015

If Janet Yellen gets her way, the Fed will raise interest rates this fall. If you owe money, read this: latimes.com/business/la-fi…

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Feb 10, 2016

@JCoumarianos But that money went to investors/traders. It didn't just disappear.

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's Nikkei index ends below 16,000 as sellers keep swarming. Mkt now -25% from recent high, well into bear zone. bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

Feb 09, 2016

'Safe' harbor: While the rest of the mkt slumps, the Dow utility index rises to within 4% of a new all-time high. bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

Feb 09, 2016

Tide turns against dollar in Japan -- and against Japanese exporters. $1 worth 125 yen last summer. Now: 115. bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

Feb 09, 2016

Dollar slides further against key rivals. DXY $ index back to Oct. levels. This should help ailing US exporters. bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/qui…

Feb 09, 2016

Carlos Santana was not amused by the NFL hiring Coldplay, Bey and Bruno for #SB50's halftime show. His letter: facebook.com/carlossantana/…

Feb 09, 2016

Avg junk bond yield was back to 9.76% Monday, matching the four-year high reached Jan. 20. research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/B…

Feb 09, 2016

@hiltzikm A wise man said: Don't try to predict the market. Let it tell you what it wants to do.


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