• Real estate in your IRA? Be careful

    There's an upside to investing in property for the long haul. But beware the tax pitfalls.

    By Janice Revell, contributor

    FORTUNE -- With the housing market showing signs of stabilizing, investors are turning back to real estate. And an increasing number of affluent savers have been using their retirement accounts to purchase homes, rental apartments, and other properties. Done properly, such a strategy can generate good income with modest volatility. But MORE

    Dec 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • UPS stock: The bears vs. the bulls

    Will a European merger and new iPhone shipments boost UPS when airfreight is flagging? Two analysts face off.

    By Ryan Derousseau, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The bear: Donald Broughton, Avondale Partners

    "UPS (UPS) is a great company, but I see some significant short-term headwinds. Europe is decelerating faster than Asia or America, and UPS has 14% of sales -- to FedEx's 7% -- from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. With the $6 MORE

    Sep 26, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • 'Perma-bull' James Paulsen: Respect the recovery

    The chief investment strategist of Wells Capital Management on why investors shouldn't panic and why the 'new normal' is 25 years old.

    By Amy Feldman, contributor

    FORTUNE -- If you're nervous about the economy, you could do worse than talk to James Paulsen, chief investment strategist of Wells Capital Management (and, yes, the other Paulsen -- not former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson or the hedge fund world's John Paulson of the MORE

    May 7, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • The Arab Spring: Part II

    One year after the uprisings in the Arab world, some nations in the region say they're open for business. Foreign investors will need to learn a whole new set of rules.

    By Vivienne Walt, contributor

    FORTUNE -- If you want to gauge the Arab Spring's economic health one year after revolutions exploded in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, meet Abu-Bakr Makhlouf. Last February, Makhlouf, founder of a construction supply company in Cairo, stood MORE

    Mar 5, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Car salesmen: Still sexist, still stupid

    The way they've always treated women used to be plain discrimination. Now it's just plain dumb. When will they learn the caveman approach is bad for business?

    By Becky Quick, contributor

    FORTUNE -- When I waited tables as a teenager, I learned one lesson very quickly: Treat every person in a dinner party equally, because you never know who's picking up the bill -- and therefore determining your tip. It's the most basic MORE

    Feb 28, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Ali Tarhouni: A Libyan leader speaks out

    The former U.S. biz school economist wants to revive his country. Is it a gold rush for Western companies?

    By Vivienne Walt, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Hunkered down in the back of a car, Ali Tarhouni sucks on a cigarette and gazes out at Libya's eastern city of Benghazi. It's been just eight months since he ditched his job as a senior lecturer at the University of Washington's business school and flew to MORE

    Nov 4, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • How the new bid to reform patent law will kill jobs

    The creators of a new measure claim it will spur 200,000 jobs, but the red tape it creates will hinder growth, not boost it. 

    By Gary Lauder, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Few things upset me more than being lied to, so I am quite distressed that the proponents of the America Invents Act are getting away with characterizing this bill as promoting job growth. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill MORE

    Sep 2, 2011 11:12 AM ET
  • Europe's debt crisis: Expect more trouble

    If eurozone leaders can't get ahead of the current crisis, instead of just plugging holes, they'll never find a solution.

    By Shriti Vadera, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The bailout agreement reached this summer to stop Europe's downward spiral did not even buy time for its sacrosanct August holidays. Within two weeks of the pact, a reluctant European Central Bank was forced to step into the breach and buy Italian and Spanish bonds to MORE

    Aug 19, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • 'Made in China' makes money for the U.S.A.

    If you don't want your dollars going toward Chinese-made products, don't sweat it -- most of the cash you spend on them goes to U.S. companies and workers.

    By Sheridan Prasso, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Worried about buying a $70 pair of sneakers that say "Made in China" this back-to-school season because you'd rather spend your dollars on "Made in U.S.A." products instead? Worry not, according to a new study.

    More than half the MORE

    Aug 12, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • The G-20 is still big - it's the economies that got small

    Some of the market's strongest voices say the group's biggest countries need to stop whining about their own problems and focus on their smaller brethren.

    by Heidi N. Moore

    It's a big world out there. Tell that to the G-20.

    In a global crisis, the G-20 -- a gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors representing 20 major economies -- has shown the remarkable ability of the world's largest countries to be MORE

    Jul 1, 2010 10:32 AM ET
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