August 25, 1996 |
When the government announced last week that a record 51.7 million American children will be in school this fall--breaking a record that had held for 25 years--dollar signs undoubtedly flashed in some entrepreneurial eyes. The report is a reminder that a new demographic boom is upon us, the "echo" of the post-World War II baby boom: Their children now are crowding into the preteen and teenage groups, with tremendous implications for the economy.
May 24, 1993 |
Small stocks, the market's undisputed leaders in 1991 and 1992, are again trying to assert themselves. Whether they can rise to new highs in coming weeks may tell a lot about the bull market's longevity. While the blue chip Dow industrial average soared to a record 3,523.28 last Thursday before falling back to 3,492.83 on Friday, the stock market's real strength this month has been in the NASDAQ market of smaller issues. The NASDAQ composite index of about 4,000 stocks closed at 694.
January 3, 1999 |
Get ready to roll the dice, pick a card and take your chances. A new year is here, bringing new opportunities for investors to win, lose or draw. Why the board game analogy for something as serious as your personal finances? Because 1998 was a year in which many people learned, or relearned, that investing is indeed a game--of risk and reward. Even the most informed investing, by definition, amounts to taking a chance. You can choose not to play in this game, of course.
May 7, 1996 |
Success in business can be measured in many ways. And by some of the most important measures, this special section chronicles California's leading companies of 1995.
July 8, 2002 |
For stock fund investors, one of the lasting effects of this bear market may be a new respect for "middle-ground" portfolio management. Conservative fund companies, including American Funds, Dodge & Cox and the index-oriented Vanguard Group, typically don't try to shoot the lights out with their performance in bull markets, but neither do they risk losing massive amounts of their shareholders' money in down markets. Fans of these old-school funds say there's never a bad time to buy them.
June 2, 1998 |
Paula and Ronald Rembert have one child, two jobs and an ambitious goal: to have two children and no jobs. That is, Paula, 33, and Ronald, 41, dream of having a second child (son Patrick is 9) and retiring in 13 years, when Ronald hits the 23-year mark in his job as a mechanic with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and becomes eligible for a pension.
June 19, 2006 |
Patrick Woodie had a lot on his mind that day in April 2003 when his telephone rang. But the caller got his attention. The authoritative voice at the other end of the line said: "I've got one word for you: teapots." Back then, Woodie was trying to help things get better in his tiny hometown -- population 1,818 -- where most of the stores on Main Street were closed and way too many people were out of work.