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    Finding some glitter among gold-mining stocks

    Gold bugs and non-gold bugs are puzzled over the apparent disconnect between gold prices, gold mining stocks and stock market bullishness.But even if sky-high investor bullishness can't lift gold prices, a move might come at the hands of Swiss voters next week, when they will decide whether the

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    Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Oil traders put on their seatbelts. Plus: Hedge funds becoming mutual funds; it's going to be a good holiday for tech gadget junkies; and the big difference between a purebred heritage turkey and the one you'll probably be eating tomorrow.

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    John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans

    Breakfast with Benjamin:Shopping season bodes well for stocks. Plus: John Hancock pushes for liquid alts in retirement plans; being thankful for seasonal market timing; and learning to fly drones for fun and profit

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    Global buying binge pumps more air into the bond market run

    Start your week with Breakfast with Benjamin, featuring a global bond market mismatch that now has demand far outstripping supply. Plus: Loading up on stocks after retirement, how Larry Summers got it wrong, and new liquid alts players breaks it down for investors and advisers.

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    Morningstar founder Joe Mansueto still dreams big

    Morningstar wants to become 'ubiquitous' with investors, according to founder Joe Mansueto. Will their new initiatives turn around the firm's declining share prices and profits?

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    Upstart platform attracts advisory firms with access to alts and capital

    Trading debt and equity for a distribution relationship may not be right for all advisers.

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    Federal Reserve's next move might not be until 2016

    Tuesday Breakfast with Benjamin: Why the Fed's first interest rate hike could be pushed off even further. Plus: What happens when all asset classes stand still, cutting into timber investments, and a Goldman hedge fund swings and misses on interest rates

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    Robo advice meets alternative investments

    New platform aspires to be an alternatives outsource for financial advisers.

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    New managed volatility funds aim to protect client portfolios from market swings

    Value in managed volatility comes from potentially getting equity-like exposure with similar returns, lower volatility and better downside performance

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    Why the IRS is toothless in the fight against supersized IRAs

    On Thursday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, the Government Accountability Office solves the riddle of the multimillion-dollar IRA. Plus: Oil stocks bounce on the Senate's Keystone 'no' vote, seniors can't wait for Social Security, and strippers pose a threat to the '1099 economy.'

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    SEC's Daniel Gallagher questions need to revise accredited-investor standard

    Commissioner says that the private market is working just fine and that the effort to revise the accredited-investor standard is a waste of time.

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    As oil prices fall, investment opportunities emerge

    For most people, the dramatic drop in oil prices over the past few months has been welcomed in the form of cheaper gasoline prices. But for investors, the story is less clear.Beyond the obvious pain felt by energy producers as the price of oil drops closer to a production break-even point, there

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    Advisers who sold MainStay Marketfield a fickle bunch

    MainStay Marketfield, the blockbuster long/short equity liquid alt fund, was a darling at the wirehouses, but when its performance dragged, the outflows came quick and heavy.

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    Fidelity, Pershing, Schwab join suspension of Schorsch REITs

    The clearing and custody giants have followed B-Ds by suspending sales of nontraded REITs controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, presenting another potential blow to the real estate czar's business.

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    Mining stocks shine in gold-price pullback

    Even with the price of gold down more than 40% over the past three years, there doesn't appear to be a big appetite for the precious metal, which is exactly why Keith Trauner is selecting adding exposure in his go-anywhere GoodHaven Fund (GOODX).While Mr. Trauner isn't yet ready to add direct gold