TMFVolkman

Eric Volkman

For Eric, writing for Motley Fool is the closing of a big circle. After all, he learned the basics of stocks and investment largely by reading (shameless plug/kiss-up) "The Motley Fool Investment Guide" back in the dark days of the early 1990s. This helped him win assignments as a freelance business journalist and, later, a "proper" job as an investment bank analyst. He began these twin threads of a career during his years living in Prague, Czech Republic, a city that was his home for nearly a decade and a half. Luckily, a few years short of his 30th birthday he was able to combine the two into a mutant Frankenstein of a job as a co-creator and subsequently editor of Equity Insights, a monthly magazine issued by Austrian financial services major Raiffeisenbank. At the Motley Fool, he got his start as a contributor to its blog network, from which he was invited to join the main Fool site in early 2012. Eric has a great many interests besides finance. He likes movies, he plays bass guitar and has been in an assortment of bands across several genres, and is a sucker for nearly any good documentary TV show, film, or book. He is married and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he refuses to wax nostalgic about the joys of winter.

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Can Ally Financial Cope With the Loss of General Motors?

The lender is heading off a big challenge after the car maker announced it will bring much of its auto leasing activities in-house.

Thu Feb 26

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Priceline Group's Tiny Acquisition Could Make a Huge Difference

The ever-growing online travel giant reportedly has a unique hotel booking portal in its sights.

Mon Feb 23

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A Shady Lawyer Is Raising the Bar for AMC Networks Inc

In its early days, "Better Call Saul" looks like a solid hit for the cable channel operator.

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First Costco, Now This: AmEx Gets Slapped in Court

The company finds itself on the losing end of a Department of Justice lawsuit.

Wed Feb 18

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AmEx and Costco: What's Behind Their Split?

American Express' standing as the only credit card accepted at Costco stores will soon come to an end.

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Recent dividend hikers include a top IT firm, a big logistics company, and a major utility.

Tue Feb 17

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The $14 Billion Difference: How Visa, MasterCard, and American Express Make Money

The big credit card companies operate largely on two distinct business models.

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Expedia's $1.6 Billion Bid to Rule The Online Travel Market

In its second notable acquisition inside of a month, the travel portal signs a deal to buy Orbitz Worldwide.

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Zillow Inc. Earnings: New Records and a New Asset

The real estate portal operator posts net losses for Q4 and fiscal 2014, but announces a big development in its acquisition of Trulia.

Sat Feb 14

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Three noted companies in their sector have declared hikes to their distributions in recent days.

Thu Feb 12

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Yieldco Basics: What Investors Need to Know

Here's the lowdown on this popular form of investment in the renewable energy segment.

Mon Feb 9

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Why J.M. Smucker is Spending $3.2 Billion to Feed Your Pet

The food company inks a deal to buy Big Heart Pet Brands.

Sat Feb 7

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

A big casino resort operator, a chemical firm, and a specialty REIT are among the many distribution lifters of recent days.

Thu Feb 5

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What Investors Need to Know Before the Columbia Pipeline Partners IPO

The latest energy master limited partnership will hit the market in a roughly $800 million flotation on Friday.

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What Investors Need to Know About the Easterly Government Properties' IPO

The market's newest real estate investment trust will begin its trading life on Friday.

Wed Feb 4

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Two companies in the energy sector, plus a record-setting airline, were among the many dividend lifters last week.

Mon Feb 2

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The WWE Just Gave Investors 1 Million Reasons to Celebrate

The "sports entertainment" purveyor announces that its video-on-demand WWE Network has reached the key milestone of one million subscribers.

Fri Jan 30

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MasterCard Earnings: Power in Plastic

The No. 2 credit card payments processor notches gains in both fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 numbers.

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Visa Earnings: More Swipes on the Card

The massive payments processor beats on both top and bottom lines for Q1 2015.

Tue Jan 27

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What You Need to Know About Expedia's Acquisition of Travelocity

Consolidation in the online travel sector continues with the $280 million deal.

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