Jon Friedman

Jon Friedman wrote MarketWatch's media column from 1999 to 2013. Previously, he was a Wall Street reporter and columnist with Bloomberg News for six years. He also covered the financial industry for Business Week, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily and others while writing freelance articles for the Sunday New York Times Business Section.
Jon is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Inventing Himself, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution," which Penguin published in August 2012. He is the co-author of "House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express," published by Putnam in March 1992. He profiled Emily's List founder Ellen Malcolm for The New York Times Sunday Magazine (May 2, 1993) and his freelance work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Fiscal Times, Newsmax, The Motley Fool, and Adweek. A native of Jericho, N.Y., he holds an MSJ degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. from Stony Brook University in New York. He lives and works in New York, N.Y.

  1. FA Relevant

    Find a New Financial Advisor Who's Right for You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves. Be sure not to make a snap decision.
  2. Financial Analysis

    Learn from These Big CEO Blunders

    A ceo can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But it can all erode — along with a company’s share price — in the wake of a scandal.
  3. Investing Strategy

    What Makes LinkedIn Different From Facebook and Twitter

    Even with its network of 250 million members, Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn Corp. is often overlooked when it comes to social-media companies.
  4. Stocks

    Why Facebook Will Keep Making Money

    Facebook's acquisition of virtual-reality company Oculus, like its success selling mobile ads, shows the company's willingness to move to any platform that promises growth.
  5. High Net Worth Strategy

    Diversity: Your Shield From Madoff-Style Investment Scams

    The best way to prevent being stung in a modern-day Ponzi scheme is diversity - not just within your portfolio, but also in the people who handle your investments.
  6. Investing Strategy

    Netflix: Should You Buy Or Hold Or Sell?

    Ultimately, an investor has to trust the decisions and strategies of the company’s management. History is on the side of CEO Hastings, who seems to have a knack for both surprising and pleasing the market. ...
  7. High Net Worth Strategy

    What Baby Boomers Need To Know About Making Out A Will

    Squarely addressing the prospect of your own mortality can be upsetting enough. But the financial questions surrounding what and how to arrange for one's heirs are disconcerting, too.
  8. Retirement Savings

    Is It Ever Wise To Make Early Withdrawals From Your 401(k)?

    Investment experts generally frown on early withdrawals from a 401(k) account, but there may be some instances where it's wise to take money out of this tax-free investment.
  9. FA Relevant

    Should You Invest In Stocks Or Commodities In 2014?

    It's the dawn of a new year and investors are facing an array of fresh challenges. One of the intriguing investment parlor games is to contemplate whether stocks or commodities loom as the vehicles offering ...
  10. Financial Analysis

    How Much Exposure to Technology Stocks Should You Have?

    How Much of a Technology-Stocks Exposure Should You Have in your portfolio? Every investor is totally different, in many cases it has more to do with the individual’s risk tolerance.
  11. FA Relevant

    How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

    Savvy investors know to ask an advisor questions on these five essential subjects:
  12. Stocks

    Five Reasons Why The Netflix Juggernaut Could Continue to ...

    What makes Netflix’ saga so compelling is the element of the grand comeback. We'll look at 5 factors that could keep the stock moving higher.
  13. Stocks

    Chipotle Is Sizzling On Wall Street

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