Jim Woods
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Editor-at-Large, The Wealth Shield

Jim Woods has covered the economy and stocks for nearly two decades. His varied experience as a financial journalist, stockbroker and money manager provides him with unique insights into the often complex world of investing.

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Recent Articles

Tesla Puts Pedal to the Metal in China

Jan. 29, 2015, 6:00 am EDT – Tesla plans to introduce China to the “D” and the Model X, proof Elon Musk is committed to selling in the world's second-largest economy. More 

Kinder Morgan, Alaska Air Lead 9 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

Jan. 26, 2015, 9:24 am EDT – The European Central Bank and its bigger-than-expected QE-style bond buying scheme caused the bulls to pour back into both U.S. and European equities, and that served as a nice backdrop for nine dividend stocks increasing payouts. More 

Oil (Yes, Oil!) Tops 7 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

Jan. 16, 2015, 2:16 pm EDT – Volatility, selling, a rising U.S. dollar and especially those plunging oil prices have dominated the market landscape since the beginning of the year. Now, however, we are flying headlong into earnings season, and that means we also are likely to see a bevy of big dividend stocks increasing shareholder payouts. This week, there were six high-profile dividend stocks moving to make shareholders happier, and one of the biggest came from the battered oil sector. More 

3 U.S. Dollar Bull Strategies to Ride the Roaring Buck

Jan. 13, 2015, 9:58 am EDT – The U.S. dollar is on fire, with the benchmark U.S. Dollar Index up nearly 8% over the past three months, and higher by some 14.5% in the last six months. Here are three U.S. dollar bull strategies to ride the greenback's rise. More 

Ford Leads Pack of 8 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

Jan. 12, 2015, 6:30 am EDT – It’s a new year, and that’s as good a reason as any for companies to keep shareholders happy by increasing dividends. And while the final week of December and the first few trading days of January were whisper quiet in terms of dividend stocks increasing payouts, in the past week we’ve seen a healthy number of prominent companies taking care of their respective owners. By far the highest-profile dividend stock increasing its payout was Ford Motor Company (F). More 

TSLA Stock Swats the Naysayers Once More

Dec. 31, 2014, 1:13 pm EDT – For Tesla (TSLA) shareholders, the ride this year wasn’t nearly as wild as it was in 2013, but 2014 still featured major headlines, crazy volatility and outstanding returns. More 

10 Best Dow Stocks of 2014

Dec. 30, 2014, 4:34 pm EDT – The 10 best Dow stocks of 2014 all had outstanding showings, with some very big total returns in the some of the biggest technology companies on the planet. Insurers, a home improvement retailer, an entertainment giant, an apparel maker, an industrial products maker, and a credit card issuer made our list. More 

10 Best Dow Stocks of 2014

Dec. 30, 2014, 10:15 am EDT – The 10 best Dow stocks of 2014 all had outstanding showings, with some very big total returns in the some of the biggest technology companies on the planet. Insurers, a home improvement retailer, an entertainment giant, an apparel maker, an industrial products maker and a credit card issuer made our list. More 

Homebuilders Facing Too Many 2015 Headwinds

Dec. 23, 2014, 10:50 am EDT – The latest data on the housing front isn’t trending in the right direction, and there are several headwinds facing homebuilders in 2015 that could keep stocks in the sector from moving forward. More 

Dow Stars, Biotech Lead 13 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

Dec. 22, 2014, 11:13 am EDT – The central bank’s “patience” stance when it comes to future interest rate hikes was a present to the bulls, and the result was a week of pre-holiday stock market revelry. Here are 13 stocks increasing dividends. More