Jim Woods has covered the economy and stocks for nearly two decades. His varied experience as a financial journalist, stockbroker and money manager provides him with unique insights into the often complex world of investing. He is the co-author of Billion Dollar Green: Profit from the Eco Revolution. Jim holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a former U.S. Army paratrooper. He celebrates the virtue of making money from his home on the California coast.
A deal on the fiscal cliff — at least the tax part — caused the “risk on” trade to go into hyper-drive on Jan. 2. The first trading session of the year saw nearly every major average, and most sectors, soar between 2% and 3% on average. This relief rally… Read More
The “fiscal cliff” has dominated the trading landscape ever since Election Day, and that issue‘s primacy has continued throughout this week’s trading. On Monday, Dec. 17, stocks surged on news that Republican House Speaker John Boehner has softened his stance on taxing… Read More
If you think about a powerful creature plowing through the streets of Tokyo, then you probably think of Godzilla. However, I suspect there’s about to be another type of powerful animal running through one of the world’s greatest cities — and that’s a raging… Read More
Christmas is just days away, and apparently, a lot of people still have a good deal of shopping to do over the next fortnight.#-ad_banner-# According to a Consumer Reports holiday poll, conducted with three weeks left before Christmas, 36% of gift givers… Read More
The latest version of Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iconic smartphone, the iPhone 5, has been a huge sales hit. The phone saw record pre-order sales prior to its September release, and sales figures only got better once the device was released.#-ad_banner-# According to a recent report from… Read More
Investors should steer clear of the stocks that have taken the biggest beating since Election Day. We are likely to see more selling in these stocks. The market surged on Monday, Nov. 19. Midway through the session, the Dow was up 160… Read More