Financial columnist for Los Angeles Times 1990-2011, now freelance writer (investing, mkts, econ) and consultant. Love L.A. If you visit bring your own water.

Greatest Stocks From Around the World

nasdaq.com — A popular, though risky, stock-picking strategy is to chase companies that aim to be great. You know the drill: Try to identify the next Amazon.com before everyone else catches on. Choose wisely and you strike it rich. Guess wrong and you can lose your money.

Ever-lower interest rates leave investors with tough choices

latimes.com — Fresh worries about the global economy's health this year have forced many investors to embrace uncomfortable strategies with their money. On one hand, with decent growth investments hard to find, investors are paying high prices relative to earnings for stocks that seem to provide some certainty.

Another financial crisis? Soaring global debt since 2008 raises risk as world economy sputters

latimes.com — Ancient Babylonian kings had a special tool at their disposal when economic or social conditions turned dicey: They would declare a "debt jubilee" and instantly wipe out borrowers' loans, allowing average people deep in hock to start over with a clean slate.

Ever-lower interest rates leave investors with tough choices

latimes.com — Fresh worries about the global economy's health this year have forced many investors to embrace uncomfortable strategies with their money. On one hand, with decent growth investments hard to find, investors are paying high prices relative to earnings for stocks that seem to provide some certainty.

Investing: Stocks Warren Buffett should be buying now - Tulsa World: Columnists

tulsaworld.com — Buying a stock before Warren Buffett does could be even more rewarding than copying his recent stock purchases. The four stocks below are companies that Buffett hasn't invested in yet - but we think he should. 1.

Investing: Stocks Buffett is buying now - Tulsa World: Columnists

tulsaworld.com — Following billionaire investor Warren Buffett into stocks he owns has often been a profitable strategy over the past few decades. With that in mind, we went prospecting for companies that Berkshire Hathaway (symbol BRK-B, $137), Buffett's holding company, has been buying recently. Wells Fargo & Co.

Guide to Drawing Down Your Savings in Retirement

How to divvy up assets as you head for retirement

latimes.com — Choosing how to invest retirement savings often ends up being a dartboard exercise for younger people, because it all seems so theoretical. As the date of retirement or semi-retirement gets nearer, however, you begin to realize that your financial choices have serious consequences. How you divvy...

A guide to drawing down your savings in retirement

latimes.com — The approach of retirement should be an exciting time for 50- and 60-somethings. But when the issue is your finances - and whether you've saved enough to last the rest of your life - excitement can quickly be overridden by anxiety. One of the first decisions retirees must make is how much of their...

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...
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Aug 29, 2016

$XLF financial-stock ETF up almost 1% today, as some investors bet on Fed rate hike soon. Banks ❤️ rising rates.  http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/quickchart.asp?symb=Xlf&insttype=&freq=1&show=&time=8 

Aug 29, 2016

Trump lays out the game plan to poison a Clinton presidency, and the GOP seems sure to follow.  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-clinton-poison-conspiracy-227485 

Aug 29, 2016

RT @MichaelCBender: Trump: inner-city crime reaching record levels Facts: Crime remains near historic lows  http://on.wsj.com/2bvPMVd  via @WSJPolitics


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