James Picerno is a freelance journalist/analyst who specializes in macroeconomics and investment strategy, including asset allocation, related academic research, and the analysis of ETFs, ETNs and mutual funds. Picerno is the author of the book Dynamic Asset Allocation: Modern Portfolio Theory Updated For The Smart Investor (Bloomberg Press, 2010). He also edits The Capital Spectator (CapitalSpectator.com), a finance/economics blog that's been quoted by a range of news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and others. In 2009, the Eastern Economics Journal named Picerno as one of the nation's "top economics bloggers." He's regularly polled by the Kauffman Foundation for its "Quarterly Survey Of Leading Economics Bloggers." His articles on finance and economics have appeared in a variety of publications and news outlets over the years, including The Atlantic, Financial Advisor, BankRate.com, and HorsesMouth.com. Picerno has been writing about finance and economics since the early 1990s at Bloomberg, Dow Jones and other media groups before becoming an independent writer/analyst/consultant in 2008. He's currently working on a book about the business cycle and econometric-based techniques for anticipating recessions.