In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 25, 2014 /22 Adar II, 5774

It's raining bankers: Perhaps they know of big economic trouble ahead

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | Investment banker Kenneth Bellando, 28, was found dead March 12 on the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan’s East side. Police think he jumped from the roof of the six-story building.

A former investment bank analyst at JP Morgan, Mr. Bellando had been working at Levy Capital since January. His brother, John, is a chief investment officer at JP Morgan Chase.

Mr. Bellando is the 11th financial professional — the fourth with ties to JP Morgan — to die in the last two months:

  • Edmund Reilly, 47, a trader with Vertical Group, threw himself in front of a Long Island Railroad train March 11.

  • Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a firm which trades in Bitcoin and other Internet currencies, was found dead on the sidewalk outside her apartment building in Singapore Feb. 26. Police suspect she jumped from the building’s roof.

  • Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr., 70, was found dead in his winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb. 19. His death was apparently a suicide, Scottsdale police said.

  • Li Jun Jie, 33, a foreign exchange trader, jumped to his death from the roof of JP Morgan’s headquarters in Hong Kong Feb. 18.

  • Richard Talley, 57, president of American Title Services, was found dead in the garage of his home in suburban Denver Feb. 7. Police ruled his death a suicide.

  • Ryan Crane, 37, an equities trader at JP Morgan, was found dead in his home in Stamford, Conn., Feb. 3. No cause of death has been given, pending a toxicology report.

  • Mike Dueker, 50, chief economist at Russell Investments, was found dead Jan. 31 at the side of the highway leading to the Tacoma Narrows bridge in Washington State. Police think he jumped over a 4-foot fence, then fell 40 or 50 feet down an embankment. His death has been ruled a suicide.

  • JP Morgan Vice President Gabriel Magee, 39, was found dead on the ninth-floor rooftop of a building adjacent to JP Morgan’s European headquarters in London Jan. 28. Police assume he jumped from the roof of the headquarters building, which has 33 floors.

  • William Broeksmit, 58, a recently retired executive for Deutsche Bank AG, was found hanged at his home in London Jan. 26.

  • Tim Dickenson, communications director in Britain for Swiss Re AG, was found dead in London earlier that week. The circumstances of his death have not been disclosed.

After the stock market crashed in 1929, bankers “had to stand in line to get a window to jump out of,” Will Rogers said. That was hyperbole, of course.

“The number of bankers committing suicide directly after the crash is thought to have been only around 20, with another 100 people connected to the financial industry dying at their own hand within the year,” said the International Business Times in a story last September about the suicide of Pierre Wauthier, 53, chief financial officer for the Zurich Insurance Group.

Falls account for 45 percent of recent banker suicides, only about 2 percent of all suicides.

The 1929 suicides came after the stock market crashed, not while it was going up. Why is it raining bankers now?

The rash of banker suicides could be coincidence. But some of the coincidences are remarkable.

Mr. Crane and Mr. Magee often worked on the same deals. Mr. Wauthier had worked at JP Morgan. His replacement as CFO will be an executive from Swiss Re AG, Mr. Dickenson’s employer. Mr. Wauthier left a typewritten note.

“Typically suicide notes are handwritten so that the individual leaves no doubt in the minds of his loved ones that the words are genuinely his own,” said Pam and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade.

Mr. Talley shot himself in the head and torso eight times with a nail gun, police said. That’s tough to do and must have hurt a lot. You’d think he’d have chosen a less painful way to end his life.

Mr. Magee’s suicide must have been spur of the moment, because he had just told his girlfriend he’d be home soon. Access to the rooftop from which he jumped normally is restricted to security and maintenance personnel.

When he jumped down that embankment, how could Mr. Dueker have been certain he wouldn’t just cripple himself?

Suicide is a desperate act by people who think they’ve no other way out. The bankers probably were haunted by demons unique to themselves. But could they have been filled with despair by something they knew was about to happen in the world economy?

If some of the “suicides” weren’t, did they know something powerful people don’t want us to know?


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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