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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.
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.
Using digital potholes to slow the pace of high-frequency traders
Breakfast with Benjamin: Fighting technology with technology. Plus: Know your ETF or don't invest, how not to advise clients, a pyramid to financial success, biotech on the rebound, and Russia addresses meat shortage with the Easter turkey
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.
When a regulator like Rick Fleming sounds more like a politician, it could be a good thing
The new SEC investor advocate establishes the narrative with story about his upbringing.
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 ...
Living with market volatility
Breakfast with Benjamin: The bull run is not over; neither is the spike in volatility. Plus: The upside of suddenly cheaper stocks, JPMorgan's big miss, mutual fund investors always get creamed, placing speed bumps in front of high-frequency traders and not having Kathleen Sebelius to kick around
Ally Financial IPO is banking on short investor memories
Breakfast with Benjamin: One IPO hoping investors have a short memory. Plus: Bracing for weaker earnings, here comes Fed meeting minutes, bond market opportunities, shoving investors toward behavioral finance and refusing LinkedIn requests.
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
Barclays hit with departures of international advisers
Brokers with international clients have been moving to competitors in recent months as Barclays curtails its international business.
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.
Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey
Beacon finds 'client onboarding' has replaced social-media archiving as brokers' biggest technology challenge.
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
JPMorgan sued by investor over 'culture of lawlessness'
A pension fund has sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. and CEO James Dimon, accusing the bank of creating “a culture of lawlessness” that led to billions of dollars in settlements tied to mortgage-backed securities and Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
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February 27, 2014