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Archives: April 2006

Is it loose-end Friday? Here's Vonage

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 28

I was pretty skeptical about Internet telephony provider Vonage's initial IPO filing back in February. Today they've updated with proposed terms of $16 to $18 dollars a share or a...

Here comes the silver crash?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 28

Ok, you can stop writing in asking when, when, when will Barclays new silver ETF start trading. People, let the rejoicing begin. Trading under the symbol SLV begins today. Silver...

$mart Kid$

Posted by: Lauren Young on April 27

On Wednesday, I blogged on the Working Parents website about the plethora of programs available to teach kids about money, which elicited offline comments from some readers. I’ve since learned...

Agreeing with Big Bill on commodities

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 25

It’s fun to be on the same page with a super smarty like Bill Miller, even if we are in the minority. In his April commentary distributed today, the man...

Dirty Jobs in the IPO market

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 18

Ever see the show Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel? Host Mike Rowe travels around the country filling in for a day on some of the worst, dirtiest jobs on...

Following Fidelity or Whales Redux

Posted by: Adrienne Carter on April 17

On the heels of Fidelity's announcement that it would close Contrafund, the Boston behemoth says it's going to close two more of its (bloated) funds: Fidelity Growth Company and Fidelity...

Intriguing play on the IPO and spin-off field

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 17

I have to admit that I started off fairly skeptical about the new IPO exchange-traded fund. There might be reasons to invest in a passively-managed index of initial public offerings,...

Reversion to the mean is so truthy

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 11

The oldest adage in investing must be what goes up must come down. It’s appealing in a simplistic, gut-check sort of way but it’s totally wrong. Everything from the economy...

Virtual Piggy Banks, Part Two

Posted by: Adrienne Carter on April 10

My co-blogger Lauren wrote a couple of weeks ago about the advantages of the new Citibank Direct account--a high-yield savings account with an interest rate currently running at about 4.5%....

Bustered Out

Posted by: Roben Farzad on April 10

On Sunday I had the great misfortune of having to wait in line at my neighborhood Blockbuster (BBI). Citigroup added insult to my injury by upgrading the stock the next...

Hedging your winter oil bills

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 10

One of the new oil ETFs (Symbol: USO) started trading today, allowing investors to buy shares of a barrel of oil without the complications and risks of using the futures...

Is an ethanol bubble brewing?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 04

Andersons Inc. (Symbol: ANDE) of Maumee, Ohio, was for years a sleepy agribusiness that bought and sold grain and ran grain elevators. Five or six years ago, a typical year...

Another Whale: Is Fidelity Contrafund the next Magellan?

Posted by: Adrienne Carter on April 03

I always applaud a fund company when it makes the shareholder-friendly move to close a portfolio. So I have to give props to Fidelity for closing the doors of one...

Fundalarm gets on the new, small funds bandwagon

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on April 03

Roy Weitz's web site,, provides a lot of useful info for fund investors, especially on the message boards where generally insightful folk discuss the latest goings on at funds...


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