Debbie Carlson


Debbie Carlson is a freelance business writer who has written for numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, the Chicago Tribune, Kitco News, and Open Markets, published by the CME Group. Debbie lives in Chicago where she can be found bike riding, chasing squirrels away from her tomato garden and reminding Cub fans that at least the White Sox have won a World Series in the past 100-plus years.

REITs and Rates
With years of double-digit annualized gains and an interest rate hike on the horizon, are REITs still the place to be? Some advisors think so.
SIFMA Panel: SEC Fund Fee Review May Start with Advisors
The SEC’s review of mutual fund fees may initially focus on advisors who received a fee for services never offered, said panelists at the SIFMA Private Client conference in Chicago.
Playing the Energy Decline in Emerging Markets
The sharp drop in energy prices will have ramifications across emerging markets. But there are bargains to be had—if you look in the right places.
Time to Buy Oil?
Dramatic drops in oil prices are presenting some long-thinking money managers with unique buying opportunities.
NextGen Bond Managers
An entire generation of fixed-income fund managers has grown up professionally in the seemingly never-ending bull market for bonds. Still, some outperform their peers. Here are four young(ish) bond managers that may be poised to continue beating the market.
Investing in a Rising Dollar
The end of QE, along with weakness in Europe and Japan, means continued good fortune for the US greenback. For believers and speculators, a handful of funds could profit from the ride.
Investing in Water
Water scarcity is making headlines, and some advisors see long-term opportunities. But investment options are as vast as the ocean, and not all are smart buys.
Liquid Gold
That wee dram may be the best investment you’ve ever made.
Land Grab
Clients with farmland income may have to adjust expectations as rents and valuations have reached a top.
Investing in the Shale Gas Boom 
New, sometimes controversial, techniques to get natural gas out from underground and sent overseas will propel the U.S. to become a net exporter of the fuel in a few short years, and investors have taken note. Is it too late to buy in?
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