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    Cash-heavy mutual funds take downside protection to the extreme

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Some funds using cash for protection. Lots of it. Plus: Adviser charged with stealing $1.3M from widows and church friends, up from the ashes arises a new subprime giant, and Wall Street courts millennials.

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    Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

    Nontraditional investment could benefit from long-term trends, values-based investing: CIO Bartels.

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    Vanguard tiptoes into the liquid alternatives market

    New multialternative fund seen as endorsement of alts, while pressuring fees

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    Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Earnings signal flashing red, sending some investors to the sidelines, Gross sets a timeline, Bernanke wants the president to have more power, ETF investors hedge currencies and chase corporate bonds, and the first-year numbers behind Colorado's legal weed.

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    Why an offense-only strategy won't succeed

    Risk management is as important to long-term financial planning as the growth of investments

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    Green bonds climb as investors try to match their environmental goals

    Issuance of green bonds hit $36.6 billion last year, more than six times the $6 billion issued in 2012

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    Advisers slow to embrace socially responsible investments sought by clients

    Despite being increasingly in-demand from clients like Bryan Wilson (pictured), advisers have been slow to embrace socially responsible investments. (Plus: Our full Impact Investing special report)

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    Gold loses its luster on the global stage

    Breakfast with Benjamin: A stronger dollar and record valuations for global stocks have kicked the precious metal to the curb.

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    Schorsch, ARCP dodge bullet as defamation suit dropped

    Lisa McAlister, the company's former chief accounting officer, pulls her defamation suit, in which she claimed she was a scapegoat for a $23 million accounting error.

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    Some RIAs cautious of using alts, despite industry buzz

    A typically conservative group, some advisers are holding back even as demand picks up.

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    The correlation conundrum and liquid alternatives

    The vast majority of these funds are new, and they require scrutiny in context of other assets

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    Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

    Investors continue to see domestic stocks as the best thing going: Legg Mason survey.

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    Salient Partners buys Forward Funds with liquid alts expansion in mind

    Salient Partners is buying Forward Management in an effort to build scale in the rapidly growing liquid alternatives space.The deal, announced Wednesday and scheduled to close by July, creates a $27 billion asset management firm, including 36 mutual funds, separate accounts, and at least one hedge

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    Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?

    Breakfast with Benjamin A record Merrill Lynch signing bonus might have pushed its monetary limit. Plus: Loving European stocks but hating the euro, taking a fresh look at gold, and protecting the nest egg from rising drug costs.

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    The Fed's first interest rate hike hits another speed bump

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed continues to hem and haw on raising interest rates. Plus: Options-based funds get it done, hedge funder spills the beans on 2015, and the outlook for oil prices is all over the map.