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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.
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
Markets brave a presidential-cycle speed bump
Breakfast with Benjamin: It's a bad time for stocks, based on the presidential cycle. Plus: The Nasdaq tests correction territory; most money managers think U.S. stocks are pricey (but there is a market they love); a tech ETF for nervous investors; what advisers wish investors knew; and having ...
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 turn focus to first-quarter earnings
Breakfast with Benjamin: All eyes are on earnings. Plus: The SEC discovers high-frequency trading, momentum takes out passive investors, AAA credit ratings becoming extinct, new love for emerging markets, six solid stocks to watch this week, overwhelmed at the IRS, and Switzerland votes for the ...
Rising stock market volatility is no “sell” signal
Strategists are still finding value in equities as the bull ages; more advisers warming to real assets.
Coming off yesterday's big bounce, futures do not look bright for today
Breakfast with Benjamin: Backing off the big bounce. Plus: Bill Gross confesses, Bank of America pays for cheesy marketing tactics, investing in wind energy and an urgent reminder to change those passwords
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.
Market stems sell-off but volatility is here to stay
The short and sudden streak of market volatility took a breather on Tuesday as traders took advantage of pullbacks by some of the higher-beta stocks. But financial advisers and market watchers are still telling investors to remain buckled in because the volatility probably isn't over. “I think this
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
Jobs report looks beyond the winter blues
Friday's menu: Jobs report looks past winter blues; investing in weed for a pot of gold; GM execs get PR all wrong; five funds set to bounce: jumping on the HFT bandwagon, and when the rich don't feel rich
Citigroup's Mexican unit under FBI scrutiny for alleged fraud
Breakfast with Benjamin: Citi under the FBI microscope. Plus: Using P/E ratios to dispel bubble theories, re-calculating the size of the nation's oil reserves, big banks and big overdraft fees, GM and political grandstanding, and it's always a good time to teach kids about money.
Bank ETFs ride the choppy waves of Yellen-speak
Breakfast with Benjamin: Bank ETFs ride the choppy waves of Yellen-speak. Plus: Still waiting for Treasury yields to spike, new love for intermediate-term bond funds, hot stocks ahead of earnings reports, and even gold bugs are starting to worry about the precious metal's decline
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.
Net exposure: The long and short of it
Long/short strategies can play an important role in a portfolio, but they're not all created equal.
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February 27, 2014