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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Why Ocwen Financial Corp Is Getting Rid of this $89 Billion Portfolio

Ocwen is unloading its "agency" mortgage servicing rights to rivals.

Thu Apr 23

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Las Vegas Sands Earnings: Playing With a Bad Hand

A long-lasting crackdown in Macau is battering the casino operator's results.

Mon Apr 20

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Our picks for this week make their money traveling the nation's roads, railways, and commodity pipeline networks.

Fri Apr 17

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Why Airline Co-Branded Credit Cards Are So Valuable For Their Partners

Carriers love to offer credit cards, and issuers are hungry to finance them. Here are the reasons for that.

Tue Apr 14

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Two master limited partnerships in the oil and gas industry lift their distributions, while a home furnishings store cranks its payout by nearly 20%.

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3 Reasons to Avoid Party City’s IPO

A big bash will take place this week when the amusement retailer makes its stock market debut, but perhaps its best if investors don't partake.

Mon Apr 13

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3 of the Best Dividend Stocks in Transportation

Help drive your portfolio's returns with these relatively high-yielding transport sector companies.

Thu Apr 9

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

We visit a REIT, a clothing retail conglomerate, and a banking group on our distribution increase tour for this week.

Tue Apr 7

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Is It Time for This Casino to Change Management?

Las Vegas Sands has been struggling the past year, raising the question of whether it needs fresh leadership to right the ship.

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AmEx's New Co-Branding Deal Is a Bigger Win Than It Seems

The credit card giant, still reeling from the loss of a lucrative deal with Costco, inks a deal with a top brokerage.

Mon Apr 6

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3 Under-the-Radar Bank Ratios That Investors Need to Be Familiar With

Standard stock valuation ratios are well and good, but certain lesser-known metrics are more useful when evaluating banks.

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3 Dividend Aristocrats You've Probably Never Heard Of

Here's a trio of under-the-radar stocks that have consistently and reliably paid dividends for many years in a row.

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3 Bank Stocks You Could Buy and Hold Forever

Our contributors pick a trio of lenders that have the power to deliver good returns for a lifetime.

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R.I.P. Internet Explorer: Microsoft Corporation Kills Off One of Its Signature Products

Microsoft forges ahead into the future, putting to rest its ubiquitous but unloved web browser, Internet Explorer.

Fri Apr 3

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These 2 Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Increases were light on the ground last week; these two REITs were an exception.

Thu Apr 2

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What's Behind SunEdison's Recent Acquisition

The renewable energy company buys a start-up company, Solar Grid Storage.

Thu Mar 26

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Is Blackstone Group About to Make a $1.5 Billion Deal?

The big private-equity firm is reportedly gearing up to unload security company AlliedBarton.

Tue Mar 24

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SolarEdge Technologies IPO: What Investors Need to Know

The renewables energy specialist will make its market debut on Thursday.

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

A pair of big names in the tech sector lifts their distributions, as does a noted REIT.

Mon Mar 23

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Forget the Costco Loss -- AmEx Has This Advantage its Big Rivals Can't Beat

With recent bad news battering American Express' stock, it's easy to forget that the company has a major advantage when compared to Visa and MasterCard.

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