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As seen in:  LA Times, Tulsa World

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.

How to invest with a social conscience: Some popular options

latimes.com — If you want to invest for the social good - or at least, how some professional money managers define the social good - there are plenty of options. But the No.1 rule of socially responsible investing is the same as for any investing: Do your homework.

Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good

latimes.com — Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor. That isn't quite what her family had in mind. When she told her 90-year-old grandfather about her plans, "He gave me this look," she says, laughing.

7 Best Dividend Stocks of the Dow

m.kiplinger.com — Prev Next After last year's spectacular stock market rally, many investors have relearned this year that share price gains aren't guaranteed. That should foster a new appreciation for cash dividends-particularly among older investors, who will need rising income in retirement.

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.
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Dec 20, 2014

Rolling Stone, New York mag, and now this. It's a banner month for mainstream media non-truthiness. popehat.com/2014/12/20/the… HT @josephmenn

Dec 19, 2014

Wait -- #Sony lawyers really didn't contact the State Dept. or CIA about the hack? Really??

Dec 18, 2014

Great photos from inside N. Korea. Maybe it's good they're brainwashed. Existence would be unbearably grim otherwise. reuters.com/news/picture/2…

Dec 18, 2014

With less than two weeks left in 2014, the YTD scorecard: Dow +7.2% S&P 500 +11.5% Nasdaq +13.7% Russell 2000 +2.5% Gold -0.7% Oil -40.5%

Dec 18, 2014

Dow +421 points. Clearly, this is the Cuban Cigar Rally. Thanks, Obama

Dec 18, 2014

Thank you, Santa. But have you been drinking? Dow ends +421 points, 2.4%, to 17,778. Biggest one-day gain in three year.

Dec 18, 2014

Why mosquitos could be the big losers from normalized U.S.-Cuba relations. nationaljournal.com/politics/scien… HT @anblanx

Dec 18, 2014

The pullback pattern for US blue chips for last 2 yrs has been straight down, then straight back up. Here we go again bigcharts.com/quickchart/qui…

Dec 17, 2014

If Dick Cheney were still president this'd be all the excuse he'd need to take out N Korea. Also Iran, Syria, France, Cuba and the Vatican.

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