Obama vs. McCain on tax policy

Looking for an analysis of Obama vs. McCain on tax policy? The Tax Policy Center offers a “A Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plans.” Having written about the alternative minimum tax (AMT), I was interested to see that both candidates would make the AMT “patch” permanent. By the way, I developed a […]

P&I picks best financial blogs

According to the staff at Pensions & Investments magazine, the top three financial blogs are: The Big Picture DealBreaker Infectious Greed That’s according to to “Pensions & Investments’ Best Blogs and how they got that way,” which also lists some other top blogs. But blogs get mixed reviews from P&I’s audience. “Turns out some tout […]

Investment industry in denial about ethics

There’s a disconnect between what investment managers say about ethics and what they actually do, said Jim Ware of Focus Consulting Group in his presentation on “Ethical Leadership in the Investment Firm” to the Boston Security Analysts Society. Investment firms ranked ethics as one of their top five values in surveys conducted by Focus Consulting. […]

Should you hyphenate "fixed income"?

It depends. There are two schools of thoughts about whether to hyphenate compound adjectives, which is what “fixed income” becomes when you use it as an adjective. It’s the reader-friendly approach vs. common usage. Reader-friendly Let’s talk about “fixed income investing.” When you combine an adjective and noun and then use them to describe a […]

"Making Money Where Others Fail": Morningstar’s knack for good titles

Who wouldn’t want to read an article entitled “Making Money Where Others Fail“? That was the title of a recent message from Morningstar’s Fund Spy e-newsletter. I subscribe to Fund Spy partly to study their writing style. You can check out the Fund Spy archive.