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Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Mr. Ortel has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer nonpartisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Mr. Ortel graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School. 

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For new investors, is Twitter a treat or a turkey?

Unscathed after Halloween in Manhattan's West Village, and starting to make preparations for Thanksgiving, I cannot stop thinking about twinkling Twitter. Are common shares of this 2006 vintage startup delectable candy or spoiled fowl? Published November 16, 2014

President Obama toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Mr. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

Obama in China: Lame duck is served

How things have changed since that heady evening in November 2008, when President-elect Barack Obama beamed hope globally. Published November 12, 2014

Just 10 years old as a company, Facebook generated an impressive 36 cents of free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) for each dollar of revenue earned during 2013. This strong performance markedly outpaced results for 2012, when Facebook generated just 8 cents of free cash flow for each dollar of revenue. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Facebook owes investors a little detail

A friend once hid an elephant in plain sight for months. Are Mark Zuckerberg, management, venture capitalists, investment bankers, stock market analysts, traders and securities' market regulators all concealing a different kind of animal underneath the facade presented in Facebook's public financial disclosures? Published November 9, 2014

As President Obama hides, the American economy heads for another fall

Scant days before we vote, the tone-deaf suggestions made by partisans that Americans are better off financially in 2014 merely compound woes for Democrats — repeated stridently and arrogantly, these assertions simply prove that Team Obama is economically illiterate, when compared to available evidence. Published October 26, 2014

General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Bring 'regime change' to General Electric

This Friday, Jeff Immelt and the team that leads General Electric Company owe shareholders and the American public answers to a simple question: How will management restore consistent growth in revenues, profits and cash flow to a vaunted enterprise that has floundered since Jack Welch left in September 2001? Published October 12, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at Millennium Steel Service in Princeton, Ind., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss the economy as part of Manufacturing Day. Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, the president on Friday heralded September's hiring rate as the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job growth in U.S. history and boasted that the country is surpassing combined job creation in other advanced economies.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ORTEL: Don't be fooled by the latest rosy jobs report

Like teachers who turn poor test scores for students into high letter grades using subjective adjustments, government bureaucrats who issued Friday's September jobs report created hollow arguments for political partisans and for surface-level financial analysts that the American economy is rebounding. Published October 5, 2014

Global stocks markets were mostly higher Thursday after a surge in new U.S. home sales bolstered sentiment. But gains were limited by worries about Europe's stagnant economy and violence in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

America wins World War III after 2016

Until the 2017 presidential inauguration, we will stew in a dangerous, bipartisan muddle of our own making, absorbing body blows while struggling to remain united as a force for good. Published September 25, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Under President Obama, shoppers flee retailers — investors should too

The way animals quiet and birds flee before natural disasters hit, professional investors months ago presciently cut their exposures to American retailers. Now, a man-made tsunami rushes toward the sector that will crush overleveraged vendors, landlords and communities across the country. Published September 21, 2014

"Upon convening under Republican control next Jan. 3, Congress should enact a statute prohibiting the president from suspending enforcement of the deportation laws for categories of undocumented aliens through executive orders, agency directives or otherwise," writes Bruce Fein. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Harness technology to engage lifelong learning

One reason for America's poor relative performance may be the bias ingrained into our country that education is something performed primarily in an institutional setting, outside the home, interacting mostly with teachers. Published September 18, 2014