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John Wasik

Four reasons to ignore market timing and focus on happiness

Aug 11 2014

CHICAGO With global angst going up several degrees, there are myriad reasons to feel nervous about stocks. But that shouldn't compel you into timing the market - focus on your prosperity and happiness instead.

Healthcare: A remedy for long-term investors

Aug 04 2014

CHICAGO (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

These hot sectors may stay warm in the second half of 2014

Jul 28 2014

CHICAGO (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters)

Will you get burned by following the hot money in ETFs?

Jul 21 2014

CHICAGO All too often, I see investors heading in the wrong direction en masse. They buy stocks at the top of the market or bonds when interest rates are heading up.

Profiting from the urge to merge

Jul 14 2014

CHICAGO Credit the booming stock market as a partial catalyst for a surge in mergers and acquisitions, which are up almost 73 percent from the same period a year ago.

U.S. transportation stocks for the long haul

Jul 07 2014

CHICAGO As North Americans hit the highways, airports and rails for vacations this summer, it's not hard to believe that some of the most robust stocks are in the transportation industry - particularly in an improving economy. Transportation stocks have proven to be long-haul winners and essential cogs in any growth portfolio.

Finding a soft landing when bond prices fall

Jun 30 2014

CHICAGO (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)

Energy scare good for oil stocks in the short term

Jun 23 2014

CHICAGO Despite the incendiary conflict in Iraq that last week sent the benchmark price of Brent crude oil to more than $115 a barrel, a nine-month high, U.S. stock markets largely shrugged off the oil threat, hitting record closing highs last week.

The score on Brazil as a long-term investment

Jun 16 2014

CHICAGO The beginning rounds of the World Cup have offered thrills to global soccer fans. But what should excite investors about Brazil?

Finding wiser choices in smart beta funds

Jun 09 2014

CHICAGO Ever since the dot-com crash more than a decade ago, Wall Street and the mutual fund industry have been on a relentless push to plug "smart" beta funds, also known as "alternative" or "strategic beta" products. The funds promise reasonable returns with lower risk by focusing on older, steadier companies with consistent dividends.

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