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James C. Cooper’s ‘Business Outlook’ Lives!

Last January I wrote “Obituary: Business Week’s ‘Business Outlook’ Column” (January 27, 2010). Bloomberg’s takeover of Business Week resulted in the demise of the long-standing, valuable “Business Outlook” column and the loss of economist James C. Cooper, the Business Outlook’s editor since 1988.

Now there is good news…


At the time, I could find no information about Cooper’s whereabouts, so thought his wisdom had retired from the scene. However, I just found him. Since April, he has been a contributor at The Fiscal Times ( Search for “James Cooper” on that website to get his bio and list of articles.

This news ensures a Happy New Year for me, and I wanted to share my joy.

How important was that column? Very. I had been reading it since the beginning of my investment career in 1969. The analysis and insights provided by that weekly piece proved to be valuable numerous times. It was the continuation of Business Week’s economist tradition dating back to the 1920s.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.