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Allan Sloan is Newsweek's Wall Street editor.


Even when he's wrong, Buffett gets it right

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:03:03 EST

Even when the market moves against you, you can make money if sell dear enough or buy cheap enough. Well, you can if you're Warren Buffett.

Stocks may be pricey, but are they overvalued?

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:48:01 EST

Boy, the market has sure been fun for those of us who held on to our stocks (or bought more of them) two years ago, when it looked like the financial world might be coming to an end.

Shareholder money funds Murdoch family deals

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:33:02 EST

The Murdoch family owns only about 12 percent of News Corp., but Rupert Murdoch sure runs the place like a wholly owned family candy store. The company, blurring the distinction between public and family business, makes deals with family members, using shareholder money to get them into the corpo...

Old GMAC shareholders are winners after bailout

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:12:03 EST

You would think at this point that there would be nothing left to be outraged about when it comes to government bailouts. But the more bailout rocks you turn over, the more well-connected players you find who aren't being forced to pay the full price of their mistakes.

'Tax cut' and 'rich' may not mean what you think

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Now that the Bush tax cuts have been extended two more years, let me share a dirty little secret with you: For many of the people President Obama calls "rich," including me, the George W. Bush tax cuts didn't make much difference.

Looking back at 2010, writing more about financial 'reform' would have been wise

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

I have performed a painful annual ritual ever since I began writing a column about 20 years ago: rereading my work for the year and telling you, my audience, about the things I got wrong and the things I wish I had done differently.

An indictment against Ernst & Young? Maybe not . . .

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:19:01 EST

If you are going to screw up, make sure that you are working at a company that regulators aren't going to let fail. That's the lesson not only for big financial companies but for the Final Four big national accounting firms as well.

New tax law reveals the mirage of the Social Security trust fund

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:04:01 EST

I used to joke about the government "solving" Social Security's long-term problems by creating Treasury IOUs out of thin air and sticking them in the program's trust fund. My point, of course, was to show that no matter how many Treasury securities there are in the trust fund - currently about $2...

The Progressive, and right, way to handle dividends

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:33:01 EST

Progressive is best known for Flo, the irritating star of the ubiquitous TV and radio commercials it uses to flog car insurance. Despite having a pitchwoman almost as over the top as the Geico gecko, Progressive is low-key when it comes to promoting its most interesting policy: the way it pays di...

Let's talk turkey about privatizing Social Security

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:34:00 EST

Thanksgiving is upon us, making this a perfect time to go searching for turkeys - the financial variety, of course. But this year, rather than looking backward at inept deals or government programs, let's try to find future turkeys.

Deer overpopulation taking economic toll

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 22:26:01 EDT

If you think deer are cute woodland creatures like Bambi, think again. In the real world - to the extent that suburbs like mine are the real world - deer are pests. "Rats with hooves" is the term for them in my household, which is plagued by deer that eat our plants, defecate all over our yard an...

The real foreclosure mess: Lack of accountability for banks

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:27:00 EDT

The biggest danger to the U.S. capitalist system doesn't come from communists or community activists or left-wing academics. It comes from some of the nation's biggest financial institutions. These companies, which helped create the financial meltdown that touched off the Great Recession, have found...

In this recovery, Washington has less power over the economy than you think

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 02:32:00 EDT

Let us tell you an Ugly Truth about the economy, a truth that no one in power or who aspires to power wants to share with you, at least until after the midterm elections are over. It's this: There is nothing that the U.S. government or the Federal Reserve or tax cutters can do to make our economi...

When it comes to retail fund investors, don't follow the wisdom of the crowd

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 21:35:01 EDT

The way to make money in the stock market is to buy cheap and sell dear. Unfortunately, the average mutual fund investor does the opposite. He (or she) buys dear when stocks are hot and prices are high, and sells cheap when the market's cold, and prices are in the cellar.

Feeling the pain on the market peak's anniversary

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:32:00 EDT

You can learn a lot from anniversaries. Take the little-noticed one that arrives in a little more than a week, marking three years since the U.S. stock market's all-time high. You didn't realize the market peaked on Oct. 9, 2007? That's understandable, given all the stuff we've had to deal with s...

Letting the Bush tax cuts expire won't traumatize the stock market

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

One of the great misconceptions in this country is that what happens in Washington determines what happens in the financial markets. It's so simple, convenient and satisfying to attribute market movements to the president, the Federal Reserve, Congress, the tax code or some combination of them. I...

Social Security, the trust fund and funny money

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There's real money, then there's funny money -- stuff that looks real but isn't.

KKR leaders get a tax deal most of us can only dream of

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's human nature to want to pay as little in taxes as possible and to have someone else pick up the tab for the taxes we do have to pay. For most of us, alas, that's just a fantasy. But to the folks who run America's biggest and most prominent buyout funds, it's reality.

Before the Yankees, Steinbrenner knew when to jump ship

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Since George Steinbrenner died last week, the Boss has gotten a lot of press -- for returning the Yankees to their winning ways, for ushering in an era of big spending in sports and for amassing a reputation as one of baseball's most vilified owners. But there's another element of the Boss's life...

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A good energy strategy doesn't fit in a slogan

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's much easier to look for a magic solution than it is to adapt to reality. Take energy, for instance. These days "clean energy," also known as "green energy," is being presented as the magic solution for global warming, our dependence on foreign oil, and the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico....

Gains from long-term Treasurys won't go on forever

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Financial markets can make you look really foolish, even if you thought your analysis was right, and still do. Today's humbling example: The best investment by far for the first half of this year has been the one that people like me have been warning against: long-term U.S. Treasury bonds.

Panic over oil disaster will do far more harm than the spill itself

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If you're searching for yet another reason to hate BP and distrust Washington, here it is. No, I'm not talking about the dead birds, befouled beaches or zillions of dollars in damage inflicted on millions of Americans by the incompetents at BP (enabled by clueless federal regulators). Rather, I'm...

Shareholders in bailed-out Wall Street firms essentially lost it all

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There's some good news for those who worry that Wall Street hasn't paid a big enough price for being bailed out by the government: The people with stakes in the most-bailed-out firms have lost a ton of money, even though the Street is back to making obscene profits.

Don't fear market turmoil -- invest safely and save

Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What should you do with your investments if you hear that the Dow has suddenly dropped 1,000 points in 20 minutes? Or that euro panic has sent stocks swooning? The right answer should be "nothing." Because if you have to worry about a thousand-point Dow drop ruining your life, your problem isn't ...

Treasury bonds have their own risk factor: Changing rates

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

People often ask me how they can go wrong buying U.S. Treasury bonds. After all, they say, no matter how bad our fiscal problems get, the government can always print the dollars it needs to redeem its bonds. So what's the problem?

6 simple steps to fix Wall Street

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The first thing you learn when you start looking at Wall Street, which I've been doing for 40 years, is to never trust the salesmen. What they promise you isn't necessarily what you get. You need to use common sense, watch out for your own interests and at least make an attempt to understand the ...

DEALSAllan Sloan

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Allan Sloan is Fortune magazine's senior editor at large and his column Deals can be found in The Post's daily business coverage. He can be reached at .

Illegal or not, Goldman's maneuvers betrayed its own principles

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"Our assets are our people, capital and reputation. If any of these is ever diminished, the last is most difficult to restore."

Fortune 500 stocks performed well, but don't expect a return to the glory days

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I get plenty of things wrong, as I tell people in my almost-annual mea culpa columns. But every once in a while, I get something right -- as I did in the column I wrote a year ago about the record loss in the value of stocks in the Fortune 500. "Someday," I wrote, "possibly for the 2010 Fortune 500,...

A lot to learn from the lighter side of taxes

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In honor of Tax Day, I'd like to recommend a new book to you: "As Certain as Death: Quotations About Taxes." It's a labor of love (or possibly hate) compiled over more than 30 years by Jeffery L. Yablon, a tax partner in the Washington office of the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman law firm.

Low interest rates make pensions look especially good

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What's good for America isn't necessarily good for all Americans. Case in point: low interest rates.

Wall Street's role in Greek crisis should be no surprise

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

As I look at the uproar over Wall Street's role in the Greek crisis, one of the things I find most surprising is that anyone is surprised about Wall Street's conduct. You're upset that the Street helped Greece hide some of its debt and then began making bets that the debt wouldn't be paid? Welcome...

Remembering the lessons of the last market bubble

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Get out your calendars, folks. It's time to celebrate -- or perhaps mourn -- the 10th anniversary of one of the epic financial events of our time: the peak of the great stock market bubble in March 2000. That's the month when the Nasdaq composite index, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index a...

Social Security could be next to need a bailout

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Don't look now. But even as the bank bailout is winding down, another huge bailout is starting, this time for the Social Security system.

Let Wall Street run wild, without my money

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

It's bonus time, Wall Street's days of wine and roses, when employees find out how rich they're going to be. But this year's bonus season has morphed into days of whines and poses.

Excise tax on 'Cadillac' health-care plans is a bad idea

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The idea of an excise tax on "Cadillac" health-care plans sounds like magic. It would raise almost $150 billion over 10 years to help finance health-care "reform"; it would be paid by employers, insurance companies and "the rich"; it would help "bend the cost curve" in the future; and for all I k...

2009 in review: TARP, mistakes and Washington's financial takeover

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

We all have our year-end rituals. Mine is to examine what I've written during the year, follow up on yesterday's hot stories that have become today's overlooked stories, and own up to my mistakes of omission and commission.

'Cadillac Care' is largely a myth

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Can you tell a Chevy Malibu from a Cadillac Escalade? I'm sure you can, but I've got doubts about the folks in Washington who want to impose a stiff excise tax on what they call "Cadillac Care" health plans to raise revenue and reduce health spending.

Once upon a time in Mortgage Land

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Back two years ago when the mortgage meltdown was heating up, I wrote an article with Doris Burke called " Junk Mortgages Under the Microscope " dissecting a particularly wretched issue of mortgage-backed securities peddled by Goldman Sachs. We wanted to show how these complex securities really...

Deals: The financial world's turkeys of the year

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Thanksgiving is upon us. That makes it a perfect time to contemplate turkeys -- as in "What a turkey that deal was!" Almost all of this year's winners have some connection to the federal government, because the feds have been such a huge factor in the financial markets. But have no fear: Rising s...

Deals: Davis mutual fund firm lowers fees

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

It's fun writing about Wall Street's greedheads and tax dodgers. But every once in a while, I get to write about something positive -- and unpublicized -- that some Wall Street types have done. Today's reversal of the Street's natural order involves Davis Advisers.

Deals: Goldman Sachs, the Waltons and a hotel money pit

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Did you make bubble-era investments that left you so far underwater that you needed a submarine? If so, you've got company. Gather round, and I'll show you how some of the smartest and richest folks in America lost more than half a billion dollars by buying into the commercial real estate bubble ...

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Uncle Sam's gift to the prudent saver: Less money

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

This is a quiz. What do the record-high Wall Street bonuses have in common with the record-low yields for savers? Answer: They show yet another way that prudent people, especially those living on fixed incomes, are being cheated by the government's bailout of the imprudent.

Deals: Saturn Column Raises the Old 'Buy American' Debate

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 23:35:00 EDT

An earlier version of this column ran in editions of Tuesday, Oct. 13, and can be found here.

Deals: Saturn Column Raises the Old 'Buy American' Debate

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

I've written a lot about car companies since I started covering business in the 1960s, but I've written very little about cars, because they just don't interest me much.

Deals: GM Loses Saturn, and a Customer

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Until last week I had been one of General Motors' most reliable customers for more than 15 years. But my relationship with GM ended the very day the company announced that it was closing its Saturn operation -- something I learned when I came home from trading in my 2003 Saturn Vue for a new, spiffy...

Allan Sloan: Why We May Help Pay for Zell's Tribune to Unload the Cubs

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Chicago Cubs aren't going to win anything this year despite having one of baseball's largest payrolls. But their bankrupt owner, Sam Zell's Tribune Co., may be about to hit a home run -- at your expense.

Allan Sloan: Reader Questions and Comments About Social Security

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

I was snowed under by e-mail from readers of the Social Security article I wrote last month, which appeared online just as I was starting my vacation and in print a few days later. I didn't have access to reader e-mail at the beach, and I've just now caught up with all my Social Security mail. I...

Allan Sloan: A Year After Lehman, Wall Street Acting Like Wall Street Again

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's been 12 months since Lehman Brothers failed, setting off a chain reaction that came horrifyingly close to destroying the world's financial system. That anniversary makes this a convenient time to take a deep breath, look back at l'affaire Lehman and see what we can learn from the past turbulent...

Is True Health-Care Reform Doomed?

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

One of the good things about spending vacation time away from the computer and second-by-second news is that it's easier to see the big picture. And one thing that came into focus during my recent beach time -- and is even more clear today -- is that the health-care "reform" making its way through...

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