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    Simple due diligence rules for investing in alternatives

    Answers to three big questions when investigating nontraded REITs, BDCs are key before investing client assets

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    Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin features the case for investing in Russia looking great, at least on paper. Plus: Hedge funds are still shorting oil, will the big snowstorm close the financial markets, and how to pick the right IRA for your clients.

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    Bordeaux is illiquid but there is a way to invest in wine

    More than half a dozen firms peddling wine investments in the U.K. alone went belly up last year. Why have there been so many flops? A fund's structure — and the wine it buys for investing — are key to success.

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    Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others

    Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios.While it might be disheartening to see something

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    MLP funds, once seemingly immune, show signs of frailty as energy prices fall

    Popular category for yield-starved investors posts first quarterly decline in two years.

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    Hedge fund managers testing the social media waters

    Lifted advertising ban and pressure from liquid alts drive secretive managers into the open.

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    Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin includes gold hitting its highest level since September. Plus: Obama wants to tak 529 plans to fund free community college, emerging-market-debt managers emerge from the wreckage of 2014, and it's time to change some passwords.

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    Good looks aren't everything, but it might help you attract more assets

    In today's Breakfast with Benjmain, looks might help money managers land more assets, but they also tend to underperform. Plus: Darryl Strawberry's contract balance goes to the highest bidder, Florida investment manager charged with bilking $17M from clients, and a hedge fund manager uses proper ...

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    The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

    In Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, the downside of a multi-year bull market in stocks: Investors get overconfident. Plus: If oil drops to $30 look out below, not all hedge fund workers are rich, and what the IRS is looking for now.

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    State of the Union spoiler alert: Obama plans to go after rich people

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Tax hikes for the rich? Plus: European central bankers load up for their own quantitative easing, Russia is fading fast, and Switzerland has another trick up its sleeve.

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    Norm Champ to depart SEC

    Head of the agency's Division of Investment Management will leave before the end of the month

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    Advisers punished for diversifying globally

    Assets flood non-U.S. funds, but a broader allocation comes with trade-offs in a volatile world.

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    Bull's-eye: How gun trusts can hit the mark with clients' estate planning

    Individuals with firearms collections will likely need an additional layer of planning.

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    Finra hawks fiduciary in its regulatory priorities for 2015

    Finra's just-released regulatory and exam priorities for the new year include an unusual directive that brokers act in the best interests of clients regardless of current rules.

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    Pimco, J.P. Morgan build out smart beta franchises as sector heats up

    Massive investment firms look to tackle a growing theme in fund management.