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.

Analyst Articles

The equity markets are moving away from risk, and ever since traders turned their attention from the election to more significant unknowns, the de-risk trade has been in full effect. This is true of the equity markets at large, but it’s especially true of many stalwart “safe” high-yield sectors such… Read More

There’s nothing like a visit to a foreign country to give you a sense of how well, or how poorly, that country is doing economically. Speaking with the “man on the street,” reading the local newspapers, and getting a feel for how citizens perceive their economic situation usually is much… Read More

It’s only mid-October, and though the holidays still are over two months away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the holiday shopping season. More importantly for traders, it’s not too early to think about the stocks that stand to benefit from the make-or-break holiday shopping season. It’s also… Read More

Every country has its icons. In America, we have the bald eagle, baseball and apple pie. Of course, we also have a plethora of corporate icons. These are American companies that personify the essence of the country.#-ad_banner-# Now, I would never buy a stock, or even a product, just because… Read More

When it comes to investing, there is perhaps nothing more gratifying than unearthing a gem of a stock that turns out to deliver some very big gains. Companies like Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are marquee examples of large-cap stocks that continue delivering large gains;… Read More

On Friday, Sept. 28, we saw a big jump in corn and wheat prices, with both agricultural commodities spiking more than 5% higher in the session. The rally was due to a quarterly grain stocks report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that showed the stocks for corn and… Read More