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
A longtime critic of corporate tax loopholes concedes that JPMorgan and Twitter are not tax dodgers.
FORTUNE -- The odd couple of JPMorgan Chase and Twitter made news Thursday when the bank canceled a planned session on Twitter featuring vice chairman Jimmy Lee, because it attracted a ton of hostile tweets, such as, "When [JPM CEO] Jamie Dimon eats babies are they served rare?"
The bank and the social media company are MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Nov 15, 2013 5:00 AM ET
A mistake made 20 years ago cost the Times big during the sale of the Boston Globe.
FORTUNE -- The New York Times Co.'s (NYT) purchase of the Boston Globe for more than $1 billion 20 years ago has turned out to be among the worst single newspaper acquisitions in history. But guess what? It's even worse than it looks.
How is that possible? Because the Times not only made a MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Nov 5, 2013 2:34 PM ET
Corporate America needs to step up and pay its fair share, instead of using shareholder value as an excuse to dodge taxes.
FORTUNE -- At first glance, you would think that the CEOs of taxophobic U.S. corporations and our less-than-stellar leaders in Washington have nothing in common. But you'd be wrong. What they share is a lack of shame and an excess of narrow thinking.
The similarity between C-suite tax avoiders and MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Oct 30, 2013 5:00 AM ET
It's time to wipe the entire slate clean in Washington politics and start over.
FORTUNE -- I guess we're all supposed to feel relieved, happy, and gratified that our alleged leaders in Washington have finally managed to approve reopening the government and keeping our country from defaulting on its debts.
The stock market loved it, with the Wilshire 5000, the broadest measure of the U.S. stock market, reaching a record high on MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Oct 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Unlike today's problems, tomorrow's headaches can't be cured by writing a few checks.
FORTUNE -- People tend to spend way too much time worrying about what's in the headlines and not enough time worrying about things, buried in small type, that are less obvious but lots more important. Today's case in point: J.P. Morgan Chase.
JPM (JPM), as we'll call it, has been playing the role of piñata for plaintiffs and regulators MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Oct 9, 2013 5:00 AM ET
A plan that could stiff Social Security recipients to pay down U.S. debt isn't just stupid. It's downright Madoffian.
FORTUNE -- Do you think it would be a good idea for the federal government to act like Bernie Madoff? To take money from people for decades, only to say, "Sorry, I'm out of cash," when it comes time to pay them what they're owed?
It's hard to imagine anyone who would think MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Sep 27, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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