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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Tue Jul 28

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The U.K. Will Hold a Fire Sale of Its Version of Citigroup

If the British government's plans are realized, it'll soon begin to sell its massive stake in Royal Bank of Scotland at a price that could represent quite a bargain.

Mon Jul 27

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Is Monsanto's $45 Billion Deal to Acquire Syngenta About to Unravel?

The target company draws a line in the sand, refusing further negotiation with the agribusiness giant.

Thu Jul 23

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Investors Give Blue Buffalo a Vote of Confidence in IPO

The natural-products pet food purveyor made its market debut on Wednesday.

Wed Jul 22

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Our three lifters this week include a top cruise ship operator, an engine maker, and an energy giant.

Thu Jul 16

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Several market leaders hiked their distributions last week. Here are three of the stronger performers.

Wed Jul 8

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Is Digital Realty Trust About to Spend $2 Billion in a Consolidation Race?

The data center REIT is apparently bidding for a privately-held peer, Telx.

Tue Jul 7

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

What do a Midwestern regional banking group, an energy holding company, and a self-storage REIT have in common? Correct -- they all lifted their payouts last week.

Tue Jun 30

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

The most powerful entertainment company in the world is joined by a grocer and a utility in our trio of dividend raisers for last week.

Thu Jun 25

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Don't Look Now, But Discover Financial Services is About to Unload One of its Business Units

Known primarily for its credit card operations, Discover Financial has decided to throw in the towel when it comes to mortgages.

Wed Jun 24

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What Investors Need to Know About the Alarm.com Holdings IPO

Here are the key details behind the "smart home" provider's upcoming initial public offering.

Tue Jun 23

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

A hot tech company, a medical-device maker, and a popular REIT are our trio of payout lifters for this week's installment.

Mon Jun 22

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Disney Reverses a Stupid HR Decision

The entertainment giant backs down from an ill-considered plan to replace some tech employees with lower-wage workers.

Fri Jun 19

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Why CVS Is Not the Big Winner in Its $1.9 Billion Deal with Target

The retailer benefits heavily from the sale of its pharmacy operations in several ways.

Wed Jun 17

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This Billionaire Has a Problem With Warren Buffett

Dan Loeb hurls some sharp criticism at the legendary investor.

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3 Dividend Aristocrats You've Probably Never Heard Of

Everyone knows Coke, Target, etc. But are you familiar with these three lesser-known habitual dividend payers?

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What Investors Need to Know About the Univar IPO

One of the world's top chemical distributors is set to make its market debut -- again -- later this week.

Tue Jun 16

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Last week's distribution lifters included a pair of well-known companies and a scrappy convenience store operator.

Mon Jun 15

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How Rupert Murdoch's Departure May Impact 21st Century Fox

The media mogul has apparently begun the succession process at the larger of the two companies he leads.

Wed Jun 10

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Last week's dividend raisers include the nation's largest health insurer, an operator of a famous restaurant chain, and a big-spending tech company.

Tue Jun 9

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Why Priceline Is Taking A Bigger Bite of Ctrip.com

The American online travel giant has very good reasons for upping its potential stake in the Chinese company.

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