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

Trading desks around the world are still buzzing from Thursday, Sept. 13’s announcement by the Federal Reserve that it will expand its mortgage-backed security purchase program to $40 billion per month for an unlimited period of time. The term de jour for this new game-changing policy among the pros is… Read More

Stocks in the financial sector have been red-hot of late. In fact, the gains in many of the largest and most-prominent banking and brokerage companies have been on fire, particularly during the past month, and especially during the past week.#-ad_banner-# So, what’s the reason for the big spike in financials?… Read More

I recently wrote about how September is historically the worst month for stocks, and that this September, there are more reason than ever to expect a sell-off. Some of those reasons include a potential disappointment from the Federal Reserve on the stimulus front, continued economic slowing in… Read More

It’s often said that what is past is prologue, and that’s usually true when it comes to financial markets. And when we look at past performance for the markets in September, we get a gloomy sense of prologue. That’s because, historically, September is the worst-performing month of the year for… Read More