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Derivatives: A brave new world for planners

February 12, 2001

As the clients' wealth grows, so must the expertise of financial planners and investment advisers. That's because clients have more financial planning and investment options available to them, and often more-complex financial problems needing...

Monday Morning: The death of yet another new paradigm

January 29, 2001

The bad news is that the technology sector of the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index was down 41% last year. The good news is that the price-earnings ratio of the sector, based on trailing earnings, was cut to 33 by yearend, from a high of 79...

Monday Morning: When learning more means knowing less

January 22, 2001

When it comes to stock recommendations by analysts, some Wall Streeters say members of the media stink at making sure investors are aware of potential conflicts of interest. After my requisite indignation and letter-writing campaign over such...

Monday Morning: There's danger lurking in the hedge funds

January 15, 2001

We will be hearing a great deal about hedge funds over the next few weeks. That's because hedge fund managers, as a group, performed far better than the stock market indexes did last year, and that fact will be trumpeted. The Hennessee Hedge...

Monday Morning: Mozart was born too soon. A-Rod wasn't

December 18, 2000

Christmas came early for Alex Rodriguez and a few other high-priced baseball players, and to tell the truth I was annoyed. Why should anyone be paid more than a quarter of a billion dollars over 10 years to play a game, hit a small ball around...

Monday Morning: In terms of tax efficiency, funds are low

December 11, 2000

The topic of the tax efficiency of mutual funds has been a common one at conferences for financial advisers for several years, though it waxes and wanes. And it seems to bubble up at this time each year, soon after the mutual funds have declared...

Monday Morning: Techs drag down S&P 500 and the Dow

December 4, 2000

It appears the unheeded predictions of many that the tech stock bubble would eventually burst have come true. The Nasdaq Composite Index has almost collapsed, and it appears to be dragging the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index and the Dow Jones...

Monday Morning: Deadlock is good, deadlock works ... in D.C.

November 27, 2000

A political stalemate ? How terrible. Well, maybe not so terrible. Almost forgotten in the furor over the still-undecided presidential election is the fact that Congress will be virtually evenly balanced. At deadline, the Republicans held a...

Monday Morning: Making a case for not-my-fault deductions

November 20, 2000

While recently trying to justify where much of my paycheck has gone this year, I felt an unfamiliar jolt in my head. It turns out that it was a brainstorm. And if I can get the government to buy in, Democrats and Republicans will never again...

MONDAY MORNING: Getting more crash and burn for the buck

November 13, 2000

Last week I called PSINet Inc., an Internet tech company in Ashburn, Va., to apply for a vacant position as president and chief operating officer. Even though the person who answered the phone asked me, "President of what?" I think PSINet is...

MONDAY MORNING: A death knell for the equity risk premium

November 6, 2000

The equity risk premium has turned negative. In plain English, that means investors will not be rewarded in the long run for investing in equities rather than in bonds. And if that is so, financial advisers should be taking a careful look at...

MONDAY MORNING: Style just isn't the same, if you get my drift

October 30, 2000

Just when it seems that one investment style has taken over and will dominate the stock market for the foreseeable future, the market fools us. Growth was dominant in the market from early 1998 until the end of the first quarter of this year...

MONDAY MORNING: My adviser's a shrink when stock prices sink

October 16, 2000

As my semiconductor stock tanked to new depths last week, my financial adviser called to check on my emotional well-being. "Rick," he said, leaving a voice mail message, "I feel your pain." I'm thinking, "Oh, where have I heard this before?"...

MONDAY MORNING: The two-handed investor takes a pass

October 9, 2000

That two-handed financial adviser is back. He's been looking out at the final quarter of the year and trying to determine if we will wind up with a positive total return for equities this year or whether we will break our nine-year string of...

MONDAY MORNING: Predictions to live by until the world ends

October 2, 2000

I often find myself gaping in disbelief at stock market predictions and economic forecasts. This isn't just because I read about them in newspapers. Rather, I can't help but wonder exactly what data these analysts use, considering their views...

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