October 11, 2011 |
Public stock and bond markets got you down? Venture capital is starting to look good again. VC and angel funding have rebounded strongly since 2008 and the financial crisis, and Golden Seeds Fund 2 L.P. , a vintage 2011 fund, is just one example. The fund is focused on making early-stage portfolio investments, such as Cognition Therapeutics Inc., a Pittsburgh life-sciences company, and is building a portfolio of 20-plus investments through 2013. Golden Seeds is a network of angel investors wagering on start-ups at a time when small business needs financing more than ever.
June 6, 2012 |
With the current volatility in both stock and bond markets, most money managers aren't as worried about taking risks in a portfolio as they are about preserving your capital and protecting income from dividend-oriented or growth stocks and bonds. Still, they are all having a hard time reading what has been an unusual investing climate. Such is the case with local money manager Bob Costello, who manages $55 million at his own shop, Costello Asset Management in Huntingdon Valley.
December 24, 1996 |
Township officials are hoping to revise investment of their police pension funds, which have lost about $600,000. Supervisors voted last week to investigate how the township should handle a group of limited partnership investments it made in the mid-1980s. Overall, the township bought $1.6 million worth of stock with the group, called American Insured Mortgage Investors (AIM), but the investment withered. Last year, supervisors sold some shares originally valued at $186,000.
May 21, 2010
Pruning is one of the scariest tasks in any garden. Most of us fly blind and do terrible things to our plants, shrubs, and trees. But as Lee Reich explains in The Pruning Book (Taunton Press, $21.95), proper pruning is critical. It keeps plants healthy, prevents them from growing too large, enhances their beauty, and improves the quality and quantity of their flowers, leaves and fruits. Not only that, but pruning can be fun, he says. Really? The oblivious among us know that nothing feels better than to whack away at an overgrown anything, but that's not the kind of fun Reich is talking about.
May 28, 2010
Reading Marta Teegen's new book, Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook's Garden in Raised Beds, Containers, and Small Spaces, I sensed that something was missing. Then it dawned on me. This may be the only gardening book around that doesn't have vivid illustrations. These are a pale, pale green, a curious and unsatisfying choice for a book about growing your own vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. That said, Teegen has a pretty nice book here from Rodale ($19.99)
April 11, 2008
If you're a gardener, run, don't walk, to your nearest laptop or bookstore to buy The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks and the Bottom Line by Jeff Gillman. If you think you already know this stuff, trust me. You don't. Not unless, like Gillman, you're an ornamental-plant specialist with a master's degree in entomology, a doctorate in horticulture, and a resume that includes extensive research on pesticides and a tenured teaching gig in horticultural science at the University of Minnesota.
July 22, 2011
The name Allan Armitage is a big draw for plant people, which means his updated edition of the 2000 classic Armitage's Garden Perennials is destined to sell well. Armitage is a horticulture professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, but more importantly, he does research on new garden plants and runs the university's trial gardens. In other words, he's the man - educated and horticulturally famous, with an endearing credo: "This is gardening, not brain surgery.
September 14, 2007 |
Gardeners can't ever buy enough high-quality, interesting plants and all manner of related stuff, which is one of many reasons to head for the fourth annual GardenFair at Winterthur this weekend. Seventy plant and garden exhibitors from 15 states will be selling everything from tools and outdoor furniture to herbs and trees. Free gardening lectures, how-to demonstrations, and workshops also run throughout the fair. Hank Schannen, owner of Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, N.J., in the northwestern tip of the Pine Barrens, is a GardenFair veteran.
September 7, 2007
Back in June, Joann Taylor thinned out her irises in Portland, Ore., packed about 18 pounds of extra rhizomes into a box, and shipped them off to Cheltenham Township, where she grew up. These irises are special, descended from a variety planted by John McDermott, Taylor's great-grandfather, more than a century ago on the 49-acre estate belonging to the Elkins family, for whom the Cheltenham neighborhood Elkins Park is named. The estate, known as Elstowe Manor, was on Ashbourne Road. McDermott, an Irish immigrant, was the Elkinses' gardener, and as Taylor recounts the story, he loved these flowers so much he planted them at his own house on Beech Avenue.