Love them or hate them, the Fed crew are the rare breed in Washington that aren't just looking out for Number One.
FORTUNE -- We have an unfortunate tendency in this country to treat people as either heroes or villains, with no gradations in between. Take Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. He's being called exceptionally vicious names by right-wing types for supposedly undermining our currency and planting the seeds for future inflation -- MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Mar 21, 2012 5:00 AM ET
It's an old trope: Tap the nation's wealthy to help the less fortunate in their autumn years. Too bad they're already tapped out.
FORTUNE -- It's almost time for one of Washington's rites of spring: the arrival of the new Social Security trustees' report. The report, which is usually issued in April, will show Social Security's finances deteriorating because of a higher-than-projected inflation adjustment for 2012. This is likely to touch MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Investment managers have held on to it for years, but 'carried interest' carries an odious loophole that needs to go.
FORTUNE -- Politics has moments when it's actually useful. Case in point is the uproar over Mitt Romney's tax returns, which may help rid us of a small but noxious and symbolic loophole worth several billion dollars a year to managers of investment partnerships.
I'm talking about "carried interest" -- finance-speak for MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Feb 8, 2012 5:00 AM ET
With bonds, CDs, and money markets offering paltry payouts, it's no wonder investors are looking for better returns. They just need to know what they're getting into.
FORTUNE -- There's one group of people who aren't cheering Ben Bernanke's announcement last week that the Federal Reserve expects to keep interest rates ultra-low through 2014: people of modest means who live off their interest income.
As I've been pointing out since 2007, the MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
A mass mortgage refi solution is getting support from both sides of the political aisle. And it wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime.
FORTUNE -- Main Street taxpayers have bailed out Wall Street. Now it's time for Wall Street to return the favor by footing the bill to help millions of honorable Main Street borrowers pay lower interest rates on their mortgages, something that should have happened years ago. Wall Street giving MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Markets up. Markets down. Turmoil in Europe. You can't even trust bonds these days. What's an investor to do? Our man's solution: simple and boring.
FORTUNE -- It's never easy to answer the question that Fortune poses in its annual Investor's Guide: Where should you put your money now? The response, of course, depends on your individual situation -- your finances, your goals, your tolerance for risk, your time horizon, and MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 8, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Legg Mason's superstar is closing out a legendary career. Too bad his investors can't afford to call it quits.
FORTUNE -- There are certain stock market lessons that most investors never learn. Among the biggest is "Beware of throwing money at a popular fund." That's one thing we should all take away from the career of Bill Miller, once the mutual fund industry's brightest star. Miller, who announced recently that he's MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Dec 7, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Are you consistently making mortgage payments on underwater loans? You deserve a break too.
The government has bailed out Wall Street firms, giant banks, creditors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- and is trying to bail out people who've defaulted or are about to default on their mortgages. But let's say you're a hardworking family that has done nothing wrong except buy a home when the MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Sep 7, 2010 10:44 AM ET
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