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Alan Abelson is a veteran financial journalist, and has long written the influential Up and Down Wall Street column in Barron’s Magazine. He was editor of Barron’s in the 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Abelson appeared on a national television network “morning show” in the 1980s and offered his amusing and witty insights about investments and world economic conditions. One of his memorable comments: “Gold is the apocalyptic investment. If you think the world is going to end soon, then buy gold!”Abelson’s columns have sometimes spawned controversy because of his often harsh critiques, and in the 1980s he was sued by some targets of his column. However, the suits were unsuccessful, and Abelson is widely viewed as a pioneer of tough coverage of Wall Street.