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  • The one question Madoff’s victims forgot to ask

    By Mark Eshman

    April 24, 2013 | 10:30 am

    (3/29/12 – CBS Marketwatch) Bernie Madoff: “From my first interview to the media I have said that ‘the banks must have known,’ and were complicit and contributing to my crime.”

    He’s back.  In a pathetic effort to reduce his 150 year sentence while also offering his unsolicited...

  • Israel to ramp up Birthright investment

    January 6, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Israel’s government announced it would more than double its investment in the popular Birthright Israel program.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Thursday night before 3,000 program participants in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    “My government will...

  • 10 Tips from Value Investor Howard Marks

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 13, 2010 | 11:22 am

    “Never forget the six-foot-tall man who drowned crossing the stream that was five feet deep on average,” (1) said Howard Marks in an aphorism-filled speech he gave last night. Organized by the Federation’s recently relaunched Finance & Investment Division, 150 men and women...

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  • Pyramid power (not)

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:12 am

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  • Can you say fiduciary duty? Jewish nonprofits must follow new rules

    December 24, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Based on all reports, the evil criminality of Bernard Madoff has decimated the portfolios of hundreds of individuals and charitable organizations. The consequences for ongoing charitable programs and future gifts will be felt for many years to come.

    While there should be no limit to...

  • Investment ‘diamond deal’ ends as four jailed on kidnap charges

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 15, 2008 | 10:46 pm

    UPDATE: Judge dismisses charges in ‘kidnap’ case. The problems for the Danialis and Lalezarians crested on the morning before Rosh Hashanah.

    By the start of the Jewish New Year, they were behind bars, accused of assaulting, kidnapping and holding for ransom a fellow Jew, whom...

  • Steven Spielberg dreams anew

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 1, 2008 | 10:49 pm

    Over the last two weeks, lost amid Wall Street's financial turmoil, came the announcement that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks was leaving Paramount, having found financing from The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group ("Reliance"), one of India's largest private companies.

    What does...
  • Northern Israel needs investment to bolster it—- security and development are linked

    August 14, 2008 | 12:04 am

    The graffiti on the Galilean bomb shelter that greeted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wasted no words: "Wake up Sharon, Olmert's in a coma."

    Watching Olmert tour upgraded and refurbished bomb shelters in the north after the release of the Winograd Report last spring prompted jokes in...

  • Israel's clean tech advances attract foreign investors' green

    By Dina Kraft

    July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel's growing clean tech sector.

    And it's not just Jews.

    "Every day I get calls from people asking...

  • Das Happy Kapital

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last Monday, I took my ticket from the parking valet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, turned, and came face to face with John Kerry. He was standing beside me, staring at his cell phone.

    "Oh," I said to the senator, at a loss. "Hi."

    "Hi," he said, and turned back to his phone.

    The...
  • Jews join the quest for space commerce

    By Adam Wills

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey," a commercial Pan Am Space Clipper flight carries civilians to the wheel-shaped Space Station V, which features a Hilton Hotel and a Howard Johnson's. Naturally, the calls to Earth via videophone are handled by AT&T's forerunner Bell, and the...
  • R.E. Hard Crash? Soft Landing? Bursting Balloon? Leaking Balloon?

    By Marc Ballon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Cohen thinks those doomsday scenarios about an impending Southland housing crash miss the mark. And the founder and president of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Financial Group has learned a thing or two about real estate over the last 20 years.

    With an MBA from USC and a law...

  • Warren Buffett’s Jewish Connection

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Warren Buffett is not a Jew; in fact, he describes himself as an agnostic.

    Still, the billionaire investment guru, who made big news in May when his Berkshire Hathaway corporation bought an 80 percent share in the Israeli metalworks conglomerate, Iscar, for $4 billion, for years has...

  • Sondheim Knows How to Book ‘Em

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some people begin collecting because they've coveted certain objects for as long as they can remember. Others collect as an investment. And, of course, there are poseurs who hire prestige dealers to buy them trendy art because they want to be viewed as taste mavens.

    Harry Sondheim, a...

  • Taking—and Giving—Stock

    By Michael Kleinman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Move over fountain pens. If the Blue and White Fund has its way, the trend in bar and bat mitzvah gift giving might be instruments of the financial kind.

    The Blue and White Fund is a diversified U.S. mutual fund that exclusively invests in Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ, New...

  • A Developing Reputation

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take...

  • Wanted: 1 Rich Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I have a friend who may come into a large sum of money. Not millions, but tens of millions. Sometimes, she told me, she daydreams about all the charities and causes she'll donate to.

    "That's what I want to be, one of those people who sits around all day and gives out money," she...

  • Little-Known Givers Have Big Hearts

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described "typical Jewish boy from Manhattan," sometime bull rider and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States.

    He is among the many Angeleno volunteers and philanthropists, often...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Loose Lips Sink Schools



    Dear Wendy,

    I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering at my children's school and I am an active member of the parent council. My kids love the school and would hate to leave, but there seems to be a problem with loose lips. After discussing my...

  • Seeing Green in Israel’s Economy

    By Marc Ballon

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Shlomo Eplboim sees green in the arid landscape that is Israel.

    So confident is he of the Holy Land's future that the 30-year-old financial adviser has helped launch a new mutual fund that will invest solely in Israeli high-tech, health care, biotech and other companies.

    The Blue &...

  • Gold’s Hot Tip:Invest in Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For people who like to make money -- and who take the long-range view -- now is the time to invest in the Israeli economy, despite the current situtation, according to Stanley Gold, president and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, the investment arm of the Roy Disney family.

    For some time,...

  • Israel Bonds

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Wall Street’s Wild Ride

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Times' front-page article that reported the Aug. 31 stock market plunge referred to the drop as "a financial bloodbath," then, a few sentences later, cautioned that the "tumble wasn't a crash." The following week's edition heralded the biggest one-day point gain ever,...
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