Five years after the market low, the value of Americans' home equity is up sharply, too -- but nowhere near as much as stocks have risen.
FORTUNE -- We can learn a lot from anniversaries. Consider, if you will, the upcoming fifth anniversary of the bottom of the stock market, which hit its low on March 9, 2009 as share prices plummeted and many holders ran screaming for the exit as MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 28, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Now that Fiat owns all of its American partner, the new company is officially on the hook for the $5.5 billion shortfall in Chrysler's pension funds.
FORTUNE -- Sergio Marchionne, Fiat's chief executive, is an even bigger corporate cowboy than he seems to be. Not only is he trying to combine two smallish, debt-laden auto companies from two separate continents into a single efficient global giant, which is an enormous gamble, MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 5, 2014 5:00 AM ET
With the most recent rise in postal rates, holders of Forevers saw their "portfolios" jump by 6.5% overnight.
FORTUNE -- In these days of manic-depressive financial markets, it's nice to be able to put your money into something that isn't designed to make you rich, but that at least is pretty much guaranteed to always rise in value. And that, on occasion, can post a nice tax-free gain -- most recently, MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 31, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Contrary to what I wrote last summer, the government is unlikely to recover its full investment in Ally common stock.
FORTUNE -- I'm usually skeptical about what's going on, rather than rhapsodic. So it was a departure from form when I wrote six months ago that, confounding expectations, the government was going to come out way ahead on the $17.2 billion of taxpayer money that it spent to bail out Ally MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 24, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Buyer beware. A single year in which stocks soared and bonds tanked can throw the long-term numbers way out of whack.
FORTUNE -- Today let's have some fun with numbers. The kind that investors rely on. Which turn out to be the kind that can be skewed by their start or end dates, and that can skewer your investment portfolio if you follow them blindly.
Let's start with a key number, the MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET
If Fed remittances stop for a year or two, we shouldn't get too upset with old Bossy and try to put her out to pasture.
FORTUNE -- When your cow gets bigger but produces less milk, it's usually time to worry that something has gone wrong with the beast. That's the first thing that came to my mind when I heard that the Federal Reserve, a cash cow for U.S. taxpayers MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 9, 2014 1:21 PM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to tie up a few loose ends and put a ribbon on this year's top stories.
FORTUNE -- Different people mark the end of the year in different ways. One of my traditions is reviewing my work for the year, owning up to mistakes that I haven't already corrected, and following up on some of what I've written. It's not as much fun MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 23, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Leave it to Washington to take a simple-sounding rule and turn it into a complicated law with no end of ways to skirt it.
FORTUNE -- Great sound bites often make for bad policy, because things that seem wonderful and simple in the abstract frequently turn out to be hideously complicated when you try to apply them in real life. That's my takeaway from the Volcker Rule, which was unveiled in MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Allan Sloan takes a look at the recently released Time Inc. SEC filing
FORTUNE -- There are some dishes, like homemade beef stew, that get increasingly flavorful the more times you cook them. Some documents are like that, too—the more you look at them, the more interesting they get.
The recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing by my current employer, Time Inc., is like that. Time Inc., like Time Warner Cable (TWC) MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 5, 2013 11:26 AM ET
If you wait until 70 to collect and live to your mid-eighties, you win big. But who says you'll make it that far?
FORTUNE -- Year-end festivities are approaching, with Hanukkah lights nearing their peak, Christmas lights going up, and the New Year's celebration almost upon us. So what better time than the season of light is there to talk about ... mortality?
No, I'm not raising this gloomy topic just to be MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 4, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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