Uri Berliner http://publicradioeast.org en From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing http://publicradioeast.org/post/coffee-futures-bulk-buying-year-adventurous-investing <em>A year ago, NPR's Uri Berliner decided to take his money out of a savings account that was losing value to inflation and turn it loose in an investing adventure. A <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/187092877/dollar-for-dollar-adventures-in-uncommon-investments" target="_blank">series of stories in 2013</a> described his newly acquired assets and sought to shed light on how the markets for them worked.</em><p>I had up to $5,000 of savings I was willing to risk. I ended up investing around $3,600. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:21:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 43269 at http://publicradioeast.org From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing After Week Of Tumult, Clippers' Focus Must Turn Back To Basketball http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-week-tumult-clippers-focus-must-turn-back-basketball Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>The Los Angeles Clippers are back to the business of basketball. They'll play the Golden State Warriors tonight in a deciding game 7 playoff game. It will cap a jaw-dropping week for the franchise, bound together by race, the Internet and the economics of sports. Here's NPR's Uri Berliner.<p>URI BERLINER, BYLINE: It all started last weekend with the recording posted to the gossip site TMZ. In it, Clippers owner Donald Sterling is telling a woman he knows very well that he doesn't approve that she publicly associates with black people like Magic Johnson. Sat, 03 May 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 40509 at http://publicradioeast.org Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-you-wont-win-warren-buffets-billion-dollar-bracket <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq_K5Hg8TrM</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 36522 at http://publicradioeast.org Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 http://publicradioeast.org/post/tired-doom-and-gloom-heres-best-good-news-2013 Being a news consumer means you're constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction — it can be enough to make you think we humans aren't doing <em>anything</em> right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here's a look at a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.<p><strong>Air Safety</strong><strong></strong><p>Let's start with flying. It's not a lot of fun: baggage fees, pat-downs, cramped seating, disappointing snacks.<p>But the odds are remarkably good you will land safely. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 30527 at http://publicradioeast.org Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal http://publicradioeast.org/post/crippled-sanctions-irans-economy-key-nuclear-deal Some of the sanctions against Iran will be eased under an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/23/246954418/reports-deal-reached-to-limit-iran-s-nuclear-program">agreement reached</a> between Iran and six world powers over the weekend. In return, Iran promises to temporarily curb part of its nuclear program.<p>There's widespread agreement that sanctions have worked, squeezing Iran financially and bringing its leaders to the negotiating table. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 28440 at http://publicradioeast.org Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain http://publicradioeast.org/post/roots-franchising-took-hold-hair-salon-chain <em>We have been reporting for several weeks now on </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/235557499/ddd">small businesses in America</a>.<em> Today, we explore a business system where entrepreneurs and corporations come together: franchising. Franchising is a bit like marriage. It takes a good long-term relationship to succeed.</em><p>It makes sense to begin a story about franchising and the hairstyling business by looking to Martha Matilda Harper, a servant living in Rochester, N.Y., in the late 19th century. In her spare time, she developed a special hair tonic. The tonic sold well. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 25666 at http://publicradioeast.org The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy? http://publicradioeast.org/post/will-americas-become-world-capital-energy A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 24271 at http://publicradioeast.org Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe http://publicradioeast.org/post/coffee-futures-highs-and-lows-cup-joe <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 17345 at http://publicradioeast.org Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial http://publicradioeast.org/post/art-investing-rewards-arent-always-financial <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 16760 at http://publicradioeast.org The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-invest-real-estate-without-being-landlord <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation. </em><p>Reckless bets on real estate can cause trouble. They can, for example, help to bring down the global economy. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:26:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 16307 at http://publicradioeast.org How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing http://publicradioeast.org/post/resisting-temptation-win-when-investing <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and putting it to work. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Deciding how to invest in the stock market can be daunting. That's why I called on someone who's seen it all. Charley Ellis founded Greenwich Associates, a research and consulting firm, and wrote an influential investing book called <em>Winning the Loser's Game.</em> He worked in investment management for 50 years. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 15650 at http://publicradioeast.org Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-trip-costco-can-work-investment-strategy <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work">putting it to work</a>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Mark Cuban is a billionaire, so it may be a surprise that the owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks purchases everyday items like razor blades and toothpaste in bulk batches. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 15208 at http://publicradioeast.org How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work http://publicradioeast.org/post/instead-snoozing-savings-lets-put-5000-work If you have a savings account you probably already know this: Your money there is losing value to inflation. Yields are so low that returns are not even keeping up with the cost of living.<p>I've been watching some of my own savings dwindle. And that prompted me to take up a challenge: I'm taking $5,000 from personal savings and putting it to work. I'm not a financial whiz, pundit or any kind of guru.<p>In the coming weeks, I'll be reporting on the various investments I decide to pursue. Wed, 22 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 14603 at http://publicradioeast.org Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work The Jobs Report Puzzle http://publicradioeast.org/post/jobs-report-puzzle Lots of people are surely looking at today's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/05/176321767/job-growth-slows-sharply-but-unemployment-rate-dips">jobs headlines</a> somewhat puzzled, asking one significant question: How can it be that hiring was much worse than expected in March and the unemployment rate still fell — to <a href="http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000">7.6 percent</a>?<p>The answer isn't a happy one. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:23:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 11065 at http://publicradioeast.org The Jobs Report Puzzle Comcast To Buy Rest of NBCUniversal From GE http://publicradioeast.org/post/comcast-buy-rest-nbcuniversal-ge Comcast, the Philadelphia based cable giant, announced a major deal late Tuesday afternoon. It will buy the 49 percent stake of NBCUniversal that it did not already own for $16.7 billion. General Electric is the seller and will also be selling some prized real estate as part of the deal. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:25:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 7212 at http://publicradioeast.org