Five questions to get to brass tacks with your money manager

March 22, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When interviewing a money manager, most investors want to know investment performance. It is a natural question, but there is much more you need to know beyond absolute returns.

When sluggish economies are good for stocks

March 19, 2013

CHICAGO, March 19 (Reuters) – A sluggish U.S. economy can
actually give stocks a boost.

The cost of missing rallies is huge

March 15, 2013

CHICAGO, March 15 (Reuters) – Will Rogers, the great cowboy
and humorist from Oklahoma, entertained America during the
darkest days of the Great Depression. His investing advice? “The
best way to make money is to buy a stock. Then, when it goes up,
sell it. If it’s not going to go up, don’t buy it.”

Why it is worth investing in Britain now

March 11, 2013

CHICAGO, March 11 (Reuters) – Despite all the evidence to
the contrary, I am bullish on John Bull. Although Britain’s
economy is struggling, it may be poised for a decent long-term
rebound, but not for the usual reasons.

U.S.-China manufacturing cost gap is closing

March 8, 2013

CHICAGO, March 8 (Reuters) – A long-term U.S. manufacturing
rebound is under way, and it will likely endure because the
United States is becoming more competitive with China and other
emerging economies.

As tech sector goes for an upgrade, it is time to invest

March 1, 2013

CHICAGO, March 1 (Reuters) – Despite the drama concerning
U.S. agencies potentially dimming lights due to the sequester
saga, global companies are brightening the scenario for
technology purchasing. That could spark a turnaround in the
sluggish sector.

Nine reasons to smile about the stock market

February 25, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Over the past few months, it has
been much easier to make a case that widespread financial
anxiety is easing, although trying to quantify the upsurge can
be like trying to catch a frog. As soon as you grab for it, it
jumps.

Avoid the herd mentality on growth vs. value stocks

February 22, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – In the mercurial world of stock
market trends, predicting whether the market is favoring growth
or value styles is an either/or situation.

Rooting out risk in your bond portfolio

February 19, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When U.S. Federal Reserve governors start talking about “overheating episodes in credit markets,” as did Jeremy Stein in a February 7 speech in St. Louis, it is time to prick up your ears.

Obama gives green energy funds a jump-start

February 15, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb 15 (Reuters) – In the wake of yet another
monster storm in the Northeastern U.S., we are once again
reminded of the need to address climate change, which is like a
Grendel that keeps coming out of its cave to ravage us with
increasingly violent weather.