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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Fed Points The Way The Federal Reserve under new Chair Janet Yellen continues to shape the financial markets. Its policies persist in those set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who led the recovery from the financial disasters of 2007-2008. New programs of unprecedented depth provided liquidity and low interest rates, a powerful combination still […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Bounces And Bumps Next month, an array of laser devices mounted on top of high-rise apartment buildings in New Jersey begins operations. Their function is to zip market data 35 miles between the data centers of the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market data center in order to shave a few billionths […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Keeping Perspective As predicted last week, stocks easily summoned enough buyers to push the Dow Average through 16,000 and the S&P past 1800. This prompted the usual media attention given to round numbers. After the Federal Reserve released its latest report, the market sold off slightly on its newest mention of the prospective inevitable “taper” […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Fed Takes Point Headline news centered on the grave situation in Syria but Wall Street kept its focus on interest rates. Going into the Federal Reserve’s first meeting in two months, commentators predicted the beginning of a decrease in the Fed’s policy of bond purchases and low interest rates. Chairman Bernanke surprised Wall Street […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Home On The Range Stocks continue to oscillate in what Wall Street likes to call a “trading range.” With all the nerve- wracking news from Europe and unsettled political quarrelling here, it is no wonder that investors do not feel at home on this range. As usual, the public mood exaggerates stock market conditions. Things […]

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A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

Editor,   As a fisherman, Dave, (Letters, “Freedom Eroding Away,” Feb. 17) you should know that plastic bags pollute our beaches, there are islands of plastic bottles and bags out in the oceans, and sea animals have been found with plastic bags (they look like jelly fish when inflated with water) in their stomachs. Maybe you […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

An Apple a Day Keeps the Down Market Away Apple (AAPL-$445) crushed Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates. It did this the old fashioned way, not through juggling its accounting as many banks do, but through developing and marketing superior products. One hopes that this would subdue those chattering financial commentators who spent much of the […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

An Apple a Day Keeps the Down Market Away   Apple (AAPL-$445) crushed Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates. It did this the old fashioned way, not through juggling its accounting as many banks do, but through developing and marketing superior products. One hopes that this would subdue those chattering financial commentators who spent much of […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

More Money, Honey   Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there is Wall Street.  Oh, no!  Even though Wall Street is 3,000 miles away or 5,000 kilometers for Brits who read on the left side of this paper, investments affect everybody everywhere.  I’m particularly sensitive to the economy because my wife is always saying, […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Risk On, Risk Off   Wall Street loves jargon; its latest is “Risk on” or “Risk off” to label daily market swings. This is really only a more genteel description of the impact of greed versus fear on stock prices but it is a reminder of the importance of risk valuation in investment returns. I […]

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Talking Stock

Talking Stock

Debt Default-The March Of Folly Investors today are battered with headline news of breaking events. The natural response is to react to these bulletins by buying or selling something, a reaction that is quite often completely wrong. One of the hundreds of old Wall Street sayings is “Don’t sell on news of a strike.” This […]

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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

Author Explores OC’s Open Spaces and Wildlife Latitude 33 Bookshop will host Allan Schoenherr, author of “Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at 311 Ocean Avenue. Schoenherr’s 232-page book, published by Laguna Wilderness Press, takes readers on an exploration of the paths […]

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The Write Stuff:

The Write Stuff:

Book Swap Tucks Good Reads into New Hands In honor of International Friendship Month, Laguna Beach Books will hold a community book swap to benefit the Friendship Shelter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. Readers are invited to bring up to 10 good quality books to swap, including fiction, non-fiction, mystery […]

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Bad Forecasts Result in Stiff Penalties

Bad Forecasts Result in Stiff Penalties

By Tony Crowell Last month, the government of Romania introduced a tax on fortunetellers.  The Romanian Parliament is now considering legislation that would subject them to fines or even prison if their predictions fail to come true. Investors may wish that the SEC would consider similar action against false stock market prophets. I prefer assessing […]

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New Entry in Mom-oir World

New Entry in Mom-oir World

Strasser Shares All in Mommy Memoir Teresa Strasser, Emmy-winning television writer, television and radio host, and now author of “Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth” will attend a special book-signing event at Laguna Beach Books from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Strasser’s collection of essays is a comic, […]