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February 25, 2002
The Spinner's Circle

Wall Street keeps looking for the next Enron, but the real nightmare is Global Crossing, whose method for spinning gossamer profits is perfectly legal -- and much more widespread.

February 4, 2002
Pumping Enron

The Enron scandal isn't half as complicated as the press is making it out to be -- in fact, it's one of Wall Street's oldest and most venerable scams.

January 14, 2002
Stop, Thieves!

Democrats want to hang the Enron scandal on Republicans, but if they really cared about the ordinary investors who got screwed, they'd go after the real criminals.

January 7, 2002
The Reluctant Bride

What if they gave a bull market and nobody came? That's the way it feels right now, as stocks keep advancing but wary investors still manage to resist their charms.

December 10, 2001
The Oracle Speaks!

The Trading Goddess, also known as She Who Must Be Obeyed, had been strangely silent of late; then, while Christmas shopping in Jersey, she decided to rock my world.

November 26, 2001
A Bull Is Born

Sure, everyone hates the market. But with interest rates low and investment alternatives scarce, September 22 may have marked a new beginning.

November 12, 2001
Best Behavior

My heroes are the corporate leaders who don't use September 11 to excuse poor performance; it would do your conscience -- not to mention your wallet -- good to support them.

October 22, 2001
Attention, Shoppers!

There's always a bull market somewhere: you just have to know where to look -- and when the Dow's in the dumps, smart buyers head for their local supermarket.

September 10, 2001
Mutual Fund Hara-Kiri

Our possibly certifiable columnist invested $125,000 in 50 top mutual funds to see how they'd perform for a year. Now he's -- much -- poorer. And wiser.

August 20, 2001
Overexposed

Doing all my trading in public seemed like a good idea at the time -- but it turns out there's nothing worse than being caught outside with your portfolio down.

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