Category: Investing

Where LA’s leading consumer VCs are aiming to invest

From a fundraising perspective, Los Angeles has become just the southern-most part of the Bay Area. Top-tier VCs from SF visit LA regularly, and entrepreneurs raise from investors upstate and downstate in one process. Anecdotally, as an LA resident of 4 years, there’s been a palpable uptick of entrepreneurs from the Bay Area who move…

Warren Buffett invested $200 million in an elegant furniture merchant with a CEO who likes to quote him

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Warren Buffett invested more than $200 million in a fancy furniture retailer with a boss who has a history of quoting the legendary investor. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate bought $206 million worth of shares in RH last quarter, according to a regulatory filing. “As Warren Buffett said, if the skies darkened and there’s…

VoltServer includes an information layer to electricity circulation in a relocation that could assist wise grid rollout

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup that promises to overlay data on electricity distribution, has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices, focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second…

Coming tomorrow: MIB Live with Gene Fama and David Booth

What if we could get two legends in the world of investing together for a discussion on their lives, careers, and the art & science of investing? This week, we are privileged to have just such a conversation with two legends from the investing world: Nobel Laureate Eugene Fama and Dimensional Funds Advisors (DFA) co-founder…

Howard Gold’s No-Nonsense Investing: Why the U.S. dollar will continue to rule supreme

On Monday, my MarketWatch colleague Barbara Kollmeyer reported that noted investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, declared in an interview that despite “horrible” fundamentals, he’s buying the U.S. dollar anyway. “Nobody in his right mind would buy the U.S. dollar BUXX, +0.01%, but I own a lot…because I’m not in my right mind,” said…

With Fitbit, Google takes on Apple in Big Tech’s race to make you healthier

After years of rumors that Google will launch its own smartwatch, the company has purchased Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The acquisition comes at a time when Google is investing in medical projects, and the decision to invest in wearables may be about reaching everyday consumers as Google continues to look for ways to get involved…

Howard Gold’s No-Nonsense Investing: The skyscraper indicator shows we’re near a market top

More than two dozen supertall skyscrapers are in development in New York City, potentially more than tripling the existing number. When stocks go to the moon, buildings head for the sky. Historically, bull markets in stocks and real estate bubbles, especially in commercial property, go hand in hand. The same irrational exuberance that persuades mediocre…

Howard Gold’s No-Nonsense Investing: Wall Street is way too paranoid about a President Elizabeth Warren

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has risen steadily in the polls to become the narrow front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Wall Street has gotten more and more paranoid. The doom-and-gloom talk of what a Warren Administration would bring has risen to a near-hysterical crescendo. Hedge fund titan Leon Cooperman told Politico, in his best…

Green roofs can make cities healthier and happier. Why aren’t they everywhere?

By Michael Hardman and Nick Davies4 minute ReadRooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens, and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are investing in green roofs, drawn to their wide-ranging benefits, which include savings on energy costs, mitigating the risk from floods,…

There’s growing demand for green bonds but no international standard to ensure their ‘greenness’

Environmental activists rally for action against climate change around the Wall Street bull in October. Protestors threw blood at Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue in October as a public display of their anger at wealthy investors who demonstrators believe are exasperating the global climate crisis. Perhaps unknown to protestors seeing red not green is the…