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How Funds Vote Shouldn't Be a Secret
DECEMBER 9, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
The Merc Is Far from a Hot Commodity
DECEMBER 2, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Schwab: Breaking the Code of Silence
NOVEMBER 25, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Is This a Dream Cruise for Investors?
NOVEMBER 18, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
So You Think Stock Picking Is a Fool's Game
NOVEMBER 18, 2002 BARKER.ONLINE
Averse to Stock Picking? Consider This
BW's Robert Barker fills inquiring readers in on the specific funds he used to create an interesting portfolio
NOVEMBER 11, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Charity Begins with a Fiscal Checkup
The Charity Navigator Web site helps you figure out whether a nonprofit has its financial house in order before you make a donation
NOVEMBER 4, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
My Favorite Mutual Fund
Not only does it produce solid returns at little risk but the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund involves hardly any time or worry
OCTOBER 28, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Auditing the Auditors
One professor's study proposes a way to rate the work of accounting firms. The method may not be perfect, but he may well be on to something
OCTOBER 21, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Should GE Be on Your Shopping List?
With its dividend yield up and its p-e down, General Electric looks tempting. But its returns aren't likely to be anything special
OCTOBER 14, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Is Dole Worth a Fierce Food Fight?
CEO David Murdock wants to buy the food company, and investors are suing in response. But maybe this is one offer they should gobble up
OCTOBER 7, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Candy Is Dandy--but Not Tootsie Roll
Its strong balance sheet and brands are tempting. But what happened to growth in sales and profits?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Handicapping Citigroup's Future
At $30 a share, Citi is tempting. But how do you reconcile its undervalued earnings power with its incalculable risks?
SEPTEMBER 23, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
The Money in Creature Comforts
Not only do dogs, cats, and pythons have to eat, but they're pampered even in hard times. That makes PETsMART and Petco cheap growth bets
SEPTEMBER 16, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
What This Watchdog Needs
It would help if the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board had members with a healthy skepticism. Should you apply?
SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Why Insiders Like Agilent
Employees at the company know that the weak demand and soft prices it faces for test and measurement gear won't last forever
SEPTEMBER 2, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Finance Software: The Updating Game
Quicken and Money 2003 have slick new features for investors, but they require accurate, sometimes elusive data--and more patience
AUGUST 26, 2002 25 IDEAS FOR A CHANGING WORLD -- CODA
The Art of Brainstorming
Hiring diverse, even eccentric people, mixing them up in unexpected ways, and asking them to do something unusual can prompt surprising ideas
AUGUST 23, 2002 BARKER.ONLINE
Vanguard: Out Front on Corporate Reform
The mutual-fund giant is telling companies it invests heavily in that stronger governance is needed. CEOs would be wise to listen
AUGUST 12, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
It's Never Too Late to Learn Good Investing Habits
Three recent books repeat investment lessons that, had they been more widely followed in the `90s, would have us licking far fewer wounds
AUGUST 5, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Will the SEC Bless This Masquerade?
A proposed rule change would allow stockbrokers to advise like a planner without disclosing conflicts, as planners are required to do
JULY 29, 2002 BUSINESSWEEK INVESTOR -- RETIREMENT GUIDE
Cops and Teachers Are Getting Soaked
They're among the public servants often locked into paying high fees for inferior retirement plans
JULY 26, 2002 BARKER.ONLINE
Real Success with a Virtual Portfolio
Gifted amateur Kevin Fravel explains how he picked the stocks that made his notional holdings No. 1 at Marketocracy.com
JULY 22, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Lend Half an Ear to This Doomsayer
JULY 19, 2002 BARKER.ONLINE
I Want My Money TV. But Which One?
It's becoming a tough call: Veteran Louis Rukeyser's new CNBC gig -- or the up-and-comers who took over his former slot at PBS
JULY 15, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Bargain-Hunting in the Small-Cap Patch
With the recent softening in prices, smaller company stocks may offer good value. Here are five--with strong balance sheets--that stand out
JULY 12, 2002 BARKER.ONLINE
Is a "Triple-Digit Dow" Inescapable?
The Elliot wave theory of charting the market tells best-selling author Bob Prechter it's time to Get out of the way
JULY 8, 2002 THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
Time to Save Face at Janus?
Janus Capital's recent work for fundholders looks mediocre, at best. But it's unlikely the trustees will even consider a new management company
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