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Features by Allan Sloan

The role taxes played in Microsoft's purchase of Nokia

Taxes may help explain Microsoft's recent purchase of much of Nokia.
Posted In: Taxes, Microsoft, nokia

A new, old plan to help struggling homeowners refinance

When it comes to helping homeowners struggling with mortgages, is President Obama taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook?
Posted In: mortgage, housing market, Obama

Piecing together the Volcker rule 4 years later

It's been four years since Congress passed the Volcker Rule, a sweeping law aimed at fixing the financial system following its great collapse. But regulators still haven’t figured out how to implement it.
Posted In: regulation, bank regulations, Volcker Rule, banking

Breaking away from the stock market masses

In the years climbing out of the great recession, regular investors were leary of buying stock, thrice burned, enduringly shy. But in the last six months, as the S&P 500 index has gone up 13 percent, the masses are back to buying.
Posted In: stock market, stocks, recession

So you think bond funds are safe? Think again

Stocks are risky, but bonds are safe -- or so goes the stereotype. But what about bond mutual funds?
Posted In: bonds, Mutual funds, interest rates

Allan Sloan: Why I voted to keep Jamie Dimon as Chairman and CEO

Allan Sloan, senior editor at large for Fortune magazine, explains why he voted to allow Jamie Dimon to keep his dual role as CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase.
Posted In: JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, shareholders, ceo

Should the government limit tax-free retirement savings?

Allan Sloan, senior editor at large at Fortune magazine, explains why he thinks Obama's proposal to limit tax-free retirement savings is a bad idea.
Posted In: retirement savings, 401(k), IRA

Earnings are up, but hold your applause

So far, the companies have told us mostly good things this earnings season. But Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, isn't buying it. He says so-called "tax games" obscure business performance.
Posted In: Taxes, Earnings

Hold your applause, Dow record highs won't last

The Dow broke another record yesterday and is now on its longest record-breaking streak -- six days -- since 1998. And while that sounds great, one man is not happy.
Posted In: stock market, Dow, Investing

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