Irene Parker

Irene Parker holds an MBA from St. Louis University. She opened the first Edward Jones office on the Big Island of Hawaii and in 2001 was named to the American Funds President's Club. She holds a College for Financial Planning certificate for the CFP Professional Education Program. After retiring from Edward Jones, she worked as a CASA supervisor writing and editing court reports on behalf of children and teens aging out of foster care. She is a former Ombudsman Advisory Board member, advocates on behalf of nursing home patients.

Recent Articles By The Author

Diamond Resorts International's Second Quarter Earnings Reversal Is Worrisome

Diamond Resorts International's Second Quarter Earnings Reversal Is Worrisome

The timeshare company's unexpected downturn in net income coming soon after its acquisition announcement raises questions for investors as well as some law firms.

The Timeshare Industry Has Improved Its Reputation but Still Faces Scrutiny

The Timeshare Industry Has Improved Its Reputation but Still Faces Scrutiny

Some timeshare operators continue to rely on contracts that are complicated and make resale of units difficult.

Hilton Worldwide and Spinoffs Are Good Investments Now or Later

Hilton Worldwide and Spinoffs Are Good Investments Now or Later

The iconic hotel operator will complete the spin off of its timeshare unit and real estate.

Theranos' Outlook May Be Grim, But Its Technology Still Has Merit

Theranos' Outlook May Be Grim, But Its Technology Still Has Merit

The company is reeling after a ruling that shuts down its flagship laboratory and bans its CEO from operating a lab for two years, but its tech contributions could last.

Is Apollo Returning to Its 'Junk' Roots With Its Acquisition of Diamond Resorts?

Is Apollo Returning to Its 'Junk' Roots With Its Acquisition of Diamond Resorts?

Apollo Global Management's deal to acquire Diamond Resorts for $2.2 billion should remind investors of Apollo's roots -- and Diamond's issues.

Battle of the Marriotts: Which One Offers More Upside Potential?

Battle of the Marriotts: Which One Offers More Upside Potential?

Should investors bet on the company that allows customers to book a vacation online or its timeshare sibling?

Want to Invest in Saving the World From Apocalypse? Buy WhiteWave. Here's Why

Want to Invest in Saving the World From Apocalypse? Buy WhiteWave. Here's Why

Healthy foods that don't use antibiotics could help save the world: An estimated 700,000 people worldwide die each year from antibiotic resistant bacteria. Save them by investing in WhiteWave.

Recent College Graduates: Heed This Cardinal Rule of Investing Now

Recent College Graduates: Heed This Cardinal Rule of Investing Now

Those who haven't started saving yet should begin thinking about investing, because once they land their first job, they will be asked about signing up for the company's 401(k) plan.

Theranos's Massive Problems May Not Spell the End of the Company

Theranos's Massive Problems May Not Spell the End of the Company

The medical technology company faces a criminal investigation, two class action suits and possible sanctions.

2 Reasons to Buy Texas Instruments

2 Reasons to Buy Texas Instruments

Technical and fundamental analysis can sometimes be at odds, but both the technical chart and the fundamental microscope are pointing to shares of Texas Instruments.