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When Should You Sell Your Start-up?

Mark MacLeod | Posted 04.10.2013 | Small Business
Mark MacLeod

How do you reach a decision that works for everyone? How do you "know" if now is the right time to sell?

A Terrible Year... Except for Investors

Dan Solin | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

The prospect of going over the fiscal cliff cast an additional pall on the markets, with many investors "fleeing to safety" until "things settle down." I am unaware of any stock market gurus who predicted all of these events, but what if they had?

The Biggest Investment Mistake Made By Those Under 40

Neal Frankle | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Neal Frankle

Not every mistake is so benign. There are investment blunders that actually will jeopardize your financial future. And one of the costliest mistakes you could possibly make is to expect short-term results with your long-term investments.

Why Twitter Won't IPO in 2013

Bryce Maddock | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Bryce Maddock

You have seen it a hundred times before. The latest "it" company is standing on a balcony, overlooking a sea of applauding stockbrokers, reporters and other NYSE staff. Their company has gone public and the only way to go from here is up, right? Wrong.

Jim Cramer Is Seeing Red

Dan Solin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Picking the country where stocks are likely to outperform is akin to gambling. Did Cramer pick Turkey in late 2011 as the top performing country in 2012? Why do you believe his predictive powers are more accurate this year?

Cramer and His Colleagues Are Killing Your Returns

Dan Solin | Posted 01.08.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Since women outperformed men, how did they do against market and risk-adjusted benchmarks? The same study demonstrated they underperformed.

Predictions Are Killing Your Returns

Dan Solin | Posted 12.18.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

Relying on this advice has very negative consequences. It distracts you from determining your capacity for risk, diversifying your portfolio, low fees and taxes.

Is the Door Opening to Criminal Prosecution of Big Banks?

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 02.16.2013 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

I don't know that Obama will lead the charge to justice. But seeing this surging wave of litigation, perhaps he will have what it takes to grab his surfboard and catch the wave.

Crowdfunding Is Not an F-word

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

Equity crowdfunding (or crowdfund investing) is not operational and not legitimate in the United States yet and for those who are growing comfortable with the concept, there are three essential facts to remember.

Cramer Sees the Light (But Misses the Point)

Dan Solin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

I applaud Cramer for taking on the 401(k) industry. Now he should do investors a huge favor by either dispensing academically-based advice about the perils of market timing, stock picking and fund manager selection or go off the air.

Bad and Good Advice About the "Fiscal Cliff"

Dan Solin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

If I hear "fiscal cliff" one more time, I will consider jumping off a real cliff. The financial media is in hyperactive overdrive, breathlessly dispensing what passes for investment advice.

Time to Panic Over the Pullback?

Michael Farr | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Is it likely that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is flirting with five-year highs right before we are about to go into recession? The answer is obviously no, but there is another factor that has been introduced into the equation.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #9 - Convincing You That Their Bank Is Stable and Safe

John R. Talbott | Posted 12.26.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

There is no reason to assume the big banks will be around in the long run. Therefore, do not take comfort that your money is safe with them. If you have less than $250,000 in an FDIC insured deposit account, then at least you have the US standing behind the claim. But, otherwise, beware.

Romney's Priority in Auto-Rescue Was Saving Investors -- Not Jobs, Not Even the Industry

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Mitt Romney's career at Bain Capital provided him a lot of experience with bankruptcies. So, it was natural that, as the Obama team was considering a rescue package for the auto industry, Romney reached into his old bag of tricks.

Impact Investing Reaches a Turning Point

Michelle Long | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Michelle Long

A term that was itself only coined a couple of years ago, impact investing aims to shift industries and make an impact, not just to screen out negative or harmful investments. It is incredibly heartening on a number of levels to see the flood of interest coming.

A Worried Investor Is a Bullish Investor

Michael Farr | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

That investors are far from bullish may indicate more life and potential upside to this market rally. But nobody really knows. The third quarter saw quality blue chips enjoy better relative performance. As our posture remains defensive, we hope that this beneficial trend will continue.

Investors Are Waiting for a Clear Sign They'll Never Get

Jeremy Kisner | Posted 12.16.2012 | Money
Jeremy Kisner

The Dow hit a level not seen since December 2007. The questions many are asking are: Why in the world are stocks going up? Doesn't the market realize we're facing an election year, an upcoming fiscal cliff, and unrest in the Middle East?

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #6 - Telling You That Bonds Are Safer Than Equities

John R. Talbott | Posted 12.05.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

As I said in my last post, when investing clients tell their stockbrokers that they want to minimize their risk to world events, brokers typically suggest that they increase their holdings of bonds and decrease their common stock holdings. In today's world, this is terribly misguided advice.

The Best, Boring Investment Advice You'll Ever Receive

Dan Solin | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business
Dan Solin

It's unfortunate that most investors succumb to the sales pitch of brokers and advisers who tell them they can "beat the markets." If your broker falls into this category (and almost all of them do), ask her to describe her methodology. If it is based on past performance, is she able to predict tomorrow's news?

This Barrel Is Ready to Roll! Launching Our Tech Startup

Julie Kantor | Posted 12.02.2012 | Technology
Julie Kantor

The days before the launch of our business Barrel of Jobs reminds me of that feeling I had as a kid as I approach slowwwwly the top of a rollercoaster. Huge excitement for the ride, tempered by the growing fear of the unknown.

Climate Change This Week: Bye-Bye Thermal Shield, Oceanic Ceviche, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.01.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Peter Sinclair's new, short 2012 Arctic ice melt video includes the time lapse satellite imagery illustrating the rapid, dramatic shrinkage of this ice cap. In just the past 12 years alone, 70 percent of the September summer ice cap has disappeared.

Why Global Investors Should Beware

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Daniel Wagner

If, for example, as they suggest, U.S. companies are 'lean and mean' and the U.S. economy is doing just fine, then why have some of America's best known business titans dumped so much stock?

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Death Spiral, Faith Groups Voting Bloc, and More...

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.23.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The National Snow and Ice Data center reports that the Arctic ice hit a record new low recently.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #4 -- Turning You Into a Passive Investor

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.21.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

Completely passive investing in which investors hold a very broad diversified mutual fund or index fund, and hold it forever under a buy and hold strategy creates its own unique set of problems for the individual investor and for the market in general.

The Perils of Investing in New Democracies

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

The landscape will surely change at a moment's notice, often with unpleasant surprises. The best advice any potential investor in a newly democratized country should heed is to be wary, cautious, and acutely focused on protecting your interests.