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Barclays looks like the latest bank to back away from commodities trading
Breakfast with Benjamin: Barclays backing away from commodities. Plus: Goldman hangs tough in the commodity-trading arena, getting esoteric with income investing, riding on an M&A high, and IRS bonuses whether you've paid your taxes or not
No longer able to blame winter weather, economists see real weakness in housing
Breakfast with Benjamin: The truth of the housing market is about to hit. Plus: A fresh batch of market data to start your week; the rich have gotten richer since the financial crisis; stocks are being called overpriced; and why working for a hedge fund is better than working at your company.
Four top executives of private-placement syndicator DBSI head to jail for fraud
Four top executives of DBSI Inc., one of the leading syndicators of private-placement investments, were convicted by a federal jury on multiple counts of fraud.
Consumers left in the loan lurch as big banks still hold off
Friday's menu: Consumers still left in the loan lurch. Plus: Which manager just jumped into the liquid alts pool? Some stocks for a rising-rate cycle; commodities are hot again; European banks ride the wave; and Merrill trims its housing outlook.
REITS continue to be hot as first quarter flows top $4B
Sputtering equity market, lackluster bond returns continue to drive investors.
Stocks search for direction on a data-rich day
Breakfast with Benjamin: Which way for stocks on big data day? Plus: The downside of low rates; GM gets some love; Earth Day and earthy companies; the surging price of shrimp makes cheap food, well, less so; and reflection and hope in Boston.
Investors warming up to equities a little late in the game
After watching the stock market climb from peak to peak last year, investors are finally starting to warm up to equities. More than 85% of investors are feeling optimistic about the investment landscape, and 74% think stocks have the greatest potential of any major asset class, according to a
Time to jump on the M&A bandwagon
This week's announced $6.25 billion acquisition of Nuveen Investments Inc. by TIAA-CREF stands out as the latest evidence that the math continues to make sense for consolidation, and that the M&A space is alive and well. And the good news is, it's not too late to gain some exposure to the deal
Environmental services draws investor attention
Progress, the needs of an expanding population and globalization bode well for the environmental services sector, which is a $55 billion industry, spanning everything from protecting the water supply to the disposal of nuclear waste.
When women-run retirement funds beat the boys
Breakfast with Benjamin: Women-run retirement funds have consistently higher returns than those run by men. Here's why. Plus: Four data points to watch this morning, dealing with a bankrupt hedge fund, how the FBI is watching high-frequency trading, and April Fool's Day around the web.
Look before you leap into liquid alts
Just as the time to buy homeowner's insurance isn't when the once-in-a-lifetime floodwaters crest the threshold of the front door, the time to insure client portfolios against declining stock prices or rising interest rates isn't when stocks are falling and rates are rising. With stocks continuing
Awash in alt fund launches, Morningstar examines coverage standards
Advisers aren't the only ones struggling to make heads or tails of the market for “liquid alts.” Morningstar Inc. is grappling with how to deal with a deluge of the highly popular alternative mutual funds. “It's a challenge on a number of levels … we have a certain, defined amount of alternative
Look out, Lipper and Morningstar, hedge fund tracking firms gathering data on alt mutuals
Aside from competition, it's a sign that liquid alternative investments are here to stay
Markets are bracing for a rough start to the week
Breakfast with Benjamin: Why investors are bracing for a rough start to the week. Plus: The SEC hones in on hedge funds, rethinking stock buyback programs, trading stocks on your phone, and using your phone to break bad habits
Advisers warming to real assets as stock market volatility picks up
Real estate, REITS and MLPs are increasingly on advisers' radar screen, but a new study finds allocations in just one of five portfolios. Jeff Benjamin explains.
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February 27, 2014