Column – Another BRIC in the wall: India primed for growth

May 27, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Although the world’s largest democracy has been hobbled by inflation, a declining currency and difficult business environment, the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party that just won an epic election in India has engendered optimism that the country can turn around its sagging economic scenario.

Another BRIC in the wall: India primed for growth

May 27, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Although the world’s largest democracy has been hobbled by inflation, a declining currency and difficult business environment, the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party that just won an epic election in India has engendered optimism that the country can turn around its sagging economic scenario.

For investors, coal brings lumps

May 19, 2014

CHICAGO, May 19 (Reuters) – If you care about the
environment, you can emulate Stanford University’s move to
remove coal-producing companies from its endowment portfolio by
purging fossil fuel companies from your own investments,
although it will take a customized strategy.

Take the long view and side-step investing in China

May 12, 2014

CHICAGO, May 12 (Reuters) – As the financial world casts its
eyes on the initial public offering of Chinese Internet company
Alibaba (IPO-ALIB.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), likely the largest ever tech IPO, the
bigger picture of Chinese economic growth is in question.

Don’t let Russia scare you from euro zone stocks

April 28, 2014

CHICAGO, April 28 (Reuters) – Although it’s easy to get
distracted by the turmoil in Ukraine, the trickle of economic
growth in Western Europe continues to boost euro zone stocks and
batter Russian companies. Multinational Western European stocks
should continue to be core holdings in your portfolio.

Column: Climate is right for clean energy firms

April 21, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – If you’re ecology minded, the news hasn’t been all that green of late, with ice caps and glaciers melting and storms becoming more destructive. But there is a huge silver lining for long-term investors in environmentally-friendly companies and technologies.

Climate is right for clean energy firms

April 21, 2014

CHICAGO, April 21 (Reuters) – If you’re ecology minded, the
news hasn’t been all that green of late, with ice caps and
glaciers melting and storms becoming more destructive. But there
is a huge silver lining for long-term investors in
environmentally-friendly companies and technologies.

How to avoid the trouble coming to the tech sector

April 14, 2014

CHICAGO, April 14 (Reuters) – A resounding shot across the
bow has been fired at the tech sector in recent weeks. The
tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index is down nearly 5 percent in
April through Friday’s close and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index
is off 21 percent from its record closing high on Feb. 25. Many
of the sector’s flagships and newcomers have been in the
crosshairs.

Smart shopping for mid-caps

April 7, 2014

CHICAGO, April 7 (Reuters) – Go for the most famous
companies when you are investing, and you are likely to pay the
highest price possible because most investors place a premium on
the biggest-name stocks. But take a look at the roughly 1,500
companies that make up the mid-cap market, and you could be
making a pretty solid investment this year.

Avoid losses on your bond funds by going unconventional

March 31, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As the financial markets await more signals on the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate policy next year, which may push rates higher in early 2015, it wouldn’t hurt to take a close look at alternative bond funds.