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I have never liked that expression, though I thrive on change. The phrase makes change sound overwhelming or at least too consistent to be manageable.

When former Editor Gil Weinreich told me recently of his plans to move overseas and start life anew, I was speechless (which takes a lot in my case). Of course, I was thrilled for him. But I was also concerned about all the adjustments he would have to make — and that I would have to make, too, if I were to take his place.

As my transition to the editor role continues, I’ve taken a bit of time (but not too much, since the to-do list is double its previous size) to reflect back on my career and life. I planned to become a journalist after finishing a master’s in economics and international affairs and after moving to Japan.

One day in 1991, I went off to downtown Osaka to do some networking. I got lost and wandered into the Osaka Stock Exchange to ask directions. Twenty-four years later, I’m still enjoying work as a financial writer and editor.

I’ll never forget one executive I interviewed from Continental Bank in Tokyo. Before I could ask him about the bank, he launched into a soliloquy about how he had always dreamed of being a writer.

I was in Osaka interviewing some of the Barings futures traders when their colleague in Singapore, Nick Leeson, began bringing down the house. The rogue trader has since turned his life around and, a few years ago, discussed his views on higher ethical standards and better training in the financial industry in Research.

As for my life in the 2000s, like many others these days, I juggle the twin duties of supporting kids and taking care of an aging parent. My membership in the “sandwich generation” — which we discuss in a feature story this month — means I have to take calls from my mom’s doctors and nurses. I’ve had to apologize to executives from firms like Wells Fargo Advisors and Cetera Financial Group, for instance, when interviews have been interrupted by such calls.

Speaking of calls, the upcoming presidential elections — the subject of our cover story — means we can expect to get lots of them, as politicians and their political supporters try to sway our votes on the phone (and through other media). I should mention that, although I haven’t made any decision yet about which candidate to support, I am following the developments quite closely.

There’s a rumor that one of my fellow graduates from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio — U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro — could be tapped as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. (Another Jefferson High graduate is Jim Lehrer.)

As the economy, financial markets and political scene shifts, I’ll do my best to ensure that Research magazine and our coverage of issues that matter to advisors adjusts appropriately. I certainly encourage our readers to send feedback, ideas and input to [email protected]. (ALM stands for the former name of our parent company, American Lawyer Media.)

I would be pleased to pass along any thoughts to Executive Editor (extraordinaire) Ken Silber or to our loyal and dedicated writers and columnists. By the way, “Global Economy” columnist Alexei Bayer recently published his second novel. It’s entitled “The Latchkey Murders.”

For the record, I’m pretty much a non-fiction reader and tend to enjoy history books and biographies. My favorite sports team is the San Antonio Spurs, although — as a Bay Area resident — I was thrilled the Golden State Warriors won the ‘15 NBA championship.

Before being tapped as editor, my summer plans included lots of relaxation and time on and in the water. I made such plans with the mistaken assumption that there wouldn’t be “too much change” in June, July or August. Wrong again …


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