Mid-cap stocks worth a close look

January 14, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Like the middle children they are, mid-cap stocks are often outshined by their mega-cap brethren. The largest two constituents of the S&P 400 Mid-cap Index are Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Equinix Inc, an information technology firm. Not exactly Apple Inc or Johnson & Johnson.

The Soul of the S&P 500: Durable stocks over time

January 11, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It takes a lot of gumption to buy mongrel stocks at the beginning of the year.

Three smart money moves for 2013

January 7, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Using the non-courageous power of
hindsight, it’s easy to look back on the previous year and see
where the “smart” and “dumb” money flowed.

Hedging “cliff” volatility might not get you too far

January 4, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Once again, “fiscal cliff” mayhem has given investors a furtive look into the unsettling world of market volatility, which will not end with Tuesday’s deal. We will likely see more Tilt-A-Whirl politics in the coming two months as Congress deals with the debt ceiling and budget cuts.

Playing the wild cards in 2013

December 31, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec 31 (Reuters) – At this point, most investors
are peering over the fiscal cliff and feeling like Jimmy Stewart
in the classic Hitchcock film “Vertigo.” But if you look beyond
the precipice, there is some solid ground.

Six ways to optimize your retirement portfolio in 2013

December 28, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – You may be waiting to optimize your retirement portfolio, thinking that you should know what’s going on in Washington and Europe before you act.

Why you need to gauge your human capital

December 21, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The end of the year is a good time to illuminate your personal financial situation in a different way. Instead of focusing exclusively on financial capital – how much money you have accumulated – look at your human capital.

Can you really invest like Warren Buffett?

December 17, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For as long as I can remember, the investment maxim that most evokes a mix of adulation and performance anxiety is “Invest like Warren Buffett.”

Looking beyond emerging markets to ‘frontier’ economies

December 14, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – With China, Brazil and India
hitting icy patches on their economic growth paths, investing in
even younger emerging markets looks promising.

How to invest if the ‘fiscal cliff’ bears are wrong

December 10, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Let’s assume, for a moment, that
the “fiscal cliff” bears are wrong.