@WSJ reporter covering financial markets. Former reporter at Bloomberg and The Times-Picayune. I like sailing and fishing.

Pensions Play With Puts for Protection

wsj.com — Some pension funds are seeking to profit from others' fear. Pension funds in Hawaii and South Carolina are plying an arcane options strategy called cash-secured put writing. In a typical trade, the investor sells a contract, known as a put, to someone who owns stocks and is willing to pay up for protection in case they decline.

Dividends Eat Up Bigger Slice of Company Profits

wsj.com — Big companies are handing more of their profits to shareholders than at any time since the financial crisis, as record-low bond yields put a premium on dividends. Payouts at S&P 500 companies for the past 12 months amounted to almost 38% of net income over the period, according to FactSet, the most since February 2009.

The Latest Stock Market Twist: The Flight From Safety

blogs.wsj.com — OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS Mixed signals from the Federal Reserve helped support global stocks and weaken the dollar on Thursday, as markets in Europe and Asia caught up with minutes from the bank's July meeting. Futures pointed to a flat open for the S&P 500, after closing within 0.4% of its record high.

Think You Have the Drive of an Olympian? Think Again

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The idea of somebody in their 40s competing in Rio has resurrected a question for the author: Could he have done it?

Stocks Keep It Slow and Steady

wsj.com — The stock market is showing shades of 1999, but this time around investors appear more cautious in contrast to the exuberance of the dot-com bubble. All three major U.S. stock indexes reached highs Thursday, the first triple-record day since Dec. 31, 1999. But 10 weeks after that date, the Nasdaq Composite peaked, tumbled and didn't reach a...

Stocks Hit New Highs, And That Could Be Just the Start

wsj.com — A troika of stock indexes hit highs in tandem for the first time since 1999. The question is whether the party is just getting started. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite all rose to new highs on the same day, an alignment that hasn't occurred since Dec.

Is It Time to Buy Energy Stocks?

blogs.wsj.com — OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS Stocks and oil prices extended gains at the start of the week after Friday's U.S. jobs report reassured investors about the health of the economy. Futures pointed to a 0.1% opening gain for the S&P 500, on track to build on its record closing high.

Even in the Woods of Maine, Economists Stayed Glued to Jobs Report

blogs.wsj.com — GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine - Economists and asset managers gathered here at a fishing retreat huddled around a laptop running Bloomberg software in a lakeside dining hall and cheered the jobs report Friday. The group had discussed the number all morning at the annual "Camp Kotok" fishing trip - named for organizer David Kotok, chief investment officer at Sarasota-based Cumberland Advisors.

Investors’ Thirst for Yield Pushes Vanguard to Turn Off the Tap

blogs.wsj.com — Vanguard has stopped accepting new accounts in its $30 billion Dividend Growth Fund, the latest example of the popularity of income-generating investments in a world of ultra-low bond yields. The move is aimed at controlling growth in the 24-year-old fund after its performance attracted heavy cash flows, according to a news release from the Valley Forge, Pa.- based investment giant.

New Hope for Bank Stocks

blogs.wsj.com — Plenty of investors have shunned U.S. bank stocks this year, but some are seeing new hope for the sector. Large U.S. banks have outpaced the S&P 500 since J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. became the first of the biggest U.S.
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Aug 19, 2016

RT @Dull_Investing: Better than tax-free income! An Under-the-Radar Tax Benefit in Muni-Bond Funds  http://on.wsj.com/2bnLFYR  via @WSJ

Aug 16, 2016

RT @Shirleysail: Just saying Santi Lange is beyond doubt an absolute legend!! 54 yrs old, one lung.... He nailed it! https://t.co/Yeu65CZiT9

Aug 16, 2016

Santiago Lange is now a 54-year old gold medalists. His sons Yago and Klaus are sailing 49ers.  https://twitter.com/francoisgabart/status/765623653702721537 

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