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The Bottom Line Archive

February 16, 2004
Blue-Chip Specials

Yes, stock prices have been soaring, but rarely have the highest-quality offerings been selling at such deliciously low prices. Go ahead, dig in.

January 19, 2004
Lovable Losers

Just because a stock is beaten down, reeling, and universally maligned doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it. Here, five stinkers that could yield sweet returns.

January 5, 2004
Onward, Upward

The Fed will likely tighten interest rates. The markets hate rate hikes. So why will bulls, not bears, prosper in the coming year? Here’s why.

December 15, 2003
House Beautiful

Housing bubble? What housing bubble? The signs are in place for a further run-up in real estate. Breathe easy, mortgage holders. There’s still no place like home.

December 8, 2003
An SEC of Woes

The federal financial-watchdog group is supposed to look out for the little guy. But as the recent mutual-fund scandals prove, it’s coddling the rich.

November 17, 2003
Bubble Trouble?

Why the market may be ready for a sudden boom. And why investors should pray it doesn’t happen.

November 3, 2003
Boring Is Hot!

How can you rebalance your portfolio? Start with some good old-fashioned staplers, cabinets, combination locks, and—yes—toilets.

October 20, 2003
Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Whatcha gonna do? Slam-dunk prosecutions keep Wall Street on the straight and narrow. But not for long. Why every generation has to learn the same lesson.

October 6, 2003

C’mon—all NYSE chief Dick Grasso did was negotiate one hell of a pay package. His downfall has a lot more to do with how the money changed him.

September 22, 2003

A mutual-fund giant let Canary Capital turn back time to create a no-risk, all-profit paradise. Next up for the perps: the all-risk, no-profit world known as jail.

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