In times of trouble, investors can build a bridge

March 26, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Having been a stock market investor during the worst downturns over the past quarter century, I’m naturally cautious about national economic shocks like recessions, inflation, bubbles and wars.

COLUMN: In times of trouble, investors can build a bridge

March 23, 2012

CHICAGO, March 23 (Reuters) – Having been a stock
market investor during the worst downturns over the past quarter
century, I’m naturally cautious about national economic shocks
like recessions, inflation, bubbles and wars.

The tech siren is calling: Should you listen?

March 20, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Once again the seductive siren call of technology stocks beckons investors. Especially after Apple announced a huge stock buyback Monday along with its first dividend since 1995.

Column: The tech siren is calling: Should you listen?

March 19, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Once again the seductive siren call of technology stocks beckons investors. Especially after Apple announced a huge stock buyback Monday along with its first dividend since 1995.

Is a ‘quickie’ refinancing deal worth it?

March 16, 2012

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – I got a letter from my bank the other day offering a streamlined refinancing deal for my current home mortgage. It was one of those “quickie” offers tailor-made for my loan situation and designed to net swift business for the bank.

Getting cash-cow corporations to share their wealth

March 12, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When a profitable company is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in idle cash, why can’t it automatically raise dividends to reward its shareholders? After all, with savings yields at dismal levels – and likely to remain so – those on fixed-incomes could use a boost.

Getting cash-cow corporations to share their wealth: Wasik

March 12, 2012

CHICAGO, March 12 (Reuters) – When a profitable
company is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in idle cash,
why can’t it automatically raise dividends to reward its
shareholders? After all, with savings yields at dismal levels -
and likely to remain so – those on fixed-incomes could use a
boost.

Riding up the yield curve in bonds

March 9, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Should you be “riding up” the bond yield curve to boost returns in your income portfolio?

What you should know about your adviser

March 5, 2012

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – In an ideally-transparent world, you’d know as much about your broker as you know about the ingredients in packaged junk food label: All of the bad stuff would be instantly on display.

What they should tell you about your broker

March 5, 2012

March 5 (Reuters) – In an ideally-transparent world,
you’d know as much about your broker as you know about the
ingredients in packaged junk food label: All of the bad stuff
would be instantly on display in some kind of nutritional label.