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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.

Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

chicagotribune.com — Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much - a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments. The U.S.

Dollar's surge could delay Fed decision to raise rates

latimes.com — The interest rate on an American home mortgage later this year could depend a lot on how many euros, yen, pesos and rupees a dollar will fetch. The dollar's steep ascent against many of the world's currencies since last summer could help delay the first Federal Reserve rate hike since 2006.

Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

latimes.com — Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much - a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments. The U.S.

Investing: Top stocks of the 21st century - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Physics tells us that bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Likewise, some winning stocks just keep on going. And the ones that have excelled through the early years of the 21st century have withstood two of the worst bear markets in history. Tom Petruno is a freelance contributor to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

7 Cult Stocks Worth Your Devotion

kiplinger.com — Thinkstock A longstanding rule on Wall Street is that you should never fall in love with a stock. But with some companies, investors just can't help themselves: Strong belief in the product, the company's mission and the long-term success of the business can create a cult-like aura around a stock, driving the price to nosebleed levels.

Deflation fears rock markets again but consumers see windfall-for now

latimes.com — For the fourth time in 12 years, the world is facing a deflation scare. And as with any good horror movie, no one is sure what lurks in the shadows. Since summer, slowing growth in China and severe weakness in Europe and Japan have deepened fears that the global economy could tip into deflation - a sustained period of falling prices for goods and services.

How key investments could fare if deflation fears worsen

latimes.com — If deflation takes hold, with a sustained decline in prices for goods and services, the rules of the investing game change. A slow-paced deflation similar to Japan's since the late 1990s might not trigger sudden market crashes, but could change the relative appeal of investments.

U.S. bull market rolled on in 2014, but investors got pickier

latimes.com — Investment success in 2014 was mostly about keeping it simple. That may not be a bad way to go in 2015, either. Well-known U.S. blue chip shares handily beat obscure smaller stocks and most foreign markets over the last 12 months. High-quality bonds trounced lower-quality issues. Gold lost 1.6%, falling with most other commodities.

For U.S. stock and bond markets, a year of welcome surprises

latimes.com — The global economy and markets always are good for some major surprises, but 2014 is going down as a year when the best bet was to expect the unexpected. And for the U.S. the shocks this time around were mostly welcome: stock prices way up, interest rates still way down, gasoline the cheapest since 2009 and the domestic economy showing amazing resilience.

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.
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Wall St's version of the military-industrial complex: Ex-govt officials joining finl titans like hedge funds m.theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Apr 17, 2015

YTD gains: Nasdaq +4.1% Russell 2000 +3.9% Oil +2% Gold +1.6% S&P 500 +1.1% Dow +0.2% Plus any divs.

Apr 17, 2015

The excitable Dick Morris on nine reasons to reject Hillary for pres. He just moved a lot higher on the enemies list. thehill.com/opinion/dick-m…

Apr 17, 2015

Bad, but not so bad. Dow ends -279, 1.5% on new global econ jitters. S&P 500 -1.1%.

Apr 17, 2015

The rich get richer: Stock buybacks help drive income inequality. brookings.edu/research/paper…

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