WASHINGTON - When James Zweig bought his first stock back in the late 1970s, the 16-year old waited each day for the paper to arrive so he could gauge his investment's performance.

"It was very exciting to wait until the next day, to get those five updates a week," said Zweig, now a senior writer at Money magazine. But the proliferation of financial press, the Internet and a 24-hour television news cycle have changed that. "Now, I can get five updates a minute," he said.

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