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The Virtues of Cash Flow

Submitted by Josh Patrick on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 3:00pm

Your profit and loss statement, by accounting rules, tells you whether you make money. That’s only part of the story. If you, as a business owner, don’t pay close enough attention to your cash flow, you might end up going out of business, even though it is profitable.

Preventive Care Insured?

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9:00am

Why did it take so long for colon cancer screening to be a covered benefit when insurance has long paid for treating this malignancy? The short answer is that screening tests rarely, if ever, save money.

The Era of Faster Trading

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 9:00am

The stock rally had a major interruption recently. The week ending Oct. 17 saw wild movements in stock prices. Is such volatility normal? Yes. Get used to it, because the market has changed and now emphasizes more speed.

Owning a Second Home

Submitted by Heidi Clute on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 3:00pm

Daydreaming of owning a second, seasonal home? A mountainside vacation house with a fireplace or two? Sounds enticing, but fulfilling this dream takes attention to detail and a firm vision of your long-term goals.

The Case for Closed-Ends

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

You don’t hear much about them, but closed-end funds offer a way to buy a good portfolio of securities, often for cheap. When markets fall (as they recently did and will again) CEFs can be attractive alternatives.

CalPERS’ Bad Hedge Timing

Submitted by Larry Elkin on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 9:00am

The hallmark of the undisciplined investor is a tendency to buy high and sell low – in other words, to follow the market herd. That’s what California’s public pension plan, the nation’s largest, and others like it did: CalPERS got into hedge funds when they were popular, and now that they’re not, it is bailing.