Gasoline prices can be curbed: Here’s how

April 29, 2011

The U.S. Government already has a steel truncheon to curb high oil and gasoline prices. It’s called Dodd-Frank.

Madoff madness is our own

April 26, 2011

Bernie Madoff’s failings are not the mark of some isolated monster, although his crimes are heinous. He is so much like every one of us that failing to recognize this fact will imperil us at every financial turn.

The best Earth Day investments

April 21, 2011

A visitor places her hands on a "Tangible Earth", a digital globe which real time global metrological data is fed through the Internet from about 300 places in the world, is displayed at an exhibition pavillion inside the media centre for G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in Rusustu town, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido July 6, 2008.  REUTERS/Yuriko NakaoAll that’s green isn’t gold.

As we wring our hands over another Earth Week amidst the Gulf oil spill anniversary and the Japanese nuclear crisis, it’s hard to remember that we can’t buy or invest our way out of our current predicament.

Do stocks make sense in the long run?

April 18, 2011

Jun Ogawa, a former employee at an electronics parts manufacturer who began actively investing after he retired, looks at stock prices at an investment club in Tokyo August 24, 2007. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao With all of the negative economic news still haunting the market, do stocks still make sense for long-term investors?

Consumer cops: Why we need Mary Schapiro and Elizabeth Warren now

April 15, 2011

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mary Schapiro answers a question at the Reuters Future Face of Finance Summit in Washington March 1, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Two women are fending off a vicious man-handling of investor protection.

As Congress pettily wrangles over the debt limit and the next budget, Mary Schapiro and Elizabeth Warren are fighting to protect you against the ravages of Wall Street.

Why market-neutral funds may come up short

April 11, 2011

A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, March 21, 2011.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermidDoes the prospect of inflation, higher oil prices and double-dip housing recession keep you up at night? Long-short or market-neutral funds seem ideal for nervous nellies. They attempt to blunt your downside risk by “shorting” stocks while giving you a piece of the upside.

Budget wars: The middle class loses big time

April 8, 2011

President Barack Obama talks about the budget in the White House press briefing room in Washington, April 5, 2011.   REUTERS/Larry Downing Now that federal government shutdown has been averted, it’s a good time to examine what’s at stake for most of America in the crucial next round of budget talks.

Home sales: Get real

April 4, 2011

Newly finished development of homes for sale, built by home builder KB Homes, are pictured in Carlsbad, California January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake   Two words of advice for the majority of U.S. home sellers: Get real. In most places, the market won’t come back for a long time, if ever. American housing in the worst markets is a damaged good that may remain so for a generation.

State tax increases: More are on the way

April 4, 2011

A man holds a sign at a tax day rally by Tea Party activists in the New York City suburb of New City, New York, April 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Segar  More taxes are coming, more taxes are coming! During the American Revolution, we could have substituted “more taxes” with “the British.”