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March 9, 2018

Kevin O’Neill calls in for hour one to talk tariffs, healthcare costs and Notre Dame’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament after last night’s loss to Duke. Kathy Dervin is in-studio. Chief and Kathy welcome Jim Higdon, contributor to Politico and the Washington Post, to continue the discussion on the legalization of marijuana. Finally, John Neal of PTI Securities & Futures‘ Peoria, AZ location wonders if there’s any morality left among people of high powered positions. 

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Kevin O’Neill

Kevin O’Neill is our Wednesday morning sports guy. His segment emphasizes what happens off the field as much as what happens on the field. All businesses have their intrigue, but the inner workings of sports organizations find their way into the public domain frequently. Unless a rant from the Chief spills into Kevin’s segment (not an unusual occurrence), he will highlight some of those sports related business issues; but be advised that those highlights usually come with an opinion. Read more.

Kathy Dervin

Kathy Dervin has been with Stocks & Jocks since 2011 as our Friday morning contributor, producer and banking guru. She has worked in the financial markets industry since 1993, including PC Quote/HyperFeed 1993 to 2003 and Thomson Reuters 2003 to 2013. She is currently Vice President at an investment bank. Read more.

Jim Higdon

A native Kentuckian, Jim Higdon is a graduate of Centre College, Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After working as a web producer for the New York Times, Higdon became the first journalist subpoenaed by the Obama administration for his on-going book reporting on the Cornbread Mafia. He currently writes for the Washington Post and Politico. He blogs at twitter: @jimhigdon and


John Neal directs PTI Securities’ Glendale, Arizona office serving the firm’s clients in the Phoenix metro area and across the Western U.S. He oversees day-to-day operations, including client services, investor education, staff management and marketing. John has more than 12 years of management experience in the securities and financial services industry. He joined PTI Securities in 2003 in this role. Prior to that time, he was a branch manager with Phoenix area firms, Granite Capital Management and, most recently, Independent Financial Management. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John earned a bachelor’s degree in international management from Arizona State University in Tempe. Away from work, John enjoys reading, live music and outdoor activities. He also volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Lupus Foundation of America. Married with two children, John and his family live in Peoria, Arizona.

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