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The Fed's QE sleight of hand: Please ignore that $4.5T balance sheet
Breakfast with Benjamin - The Federal Reserve's QE sleight of hand, cheap oil's winners and losers, Schwab bringing advisers premium Morningstar access, and more.
Holiday spending can't come soon enough for the economy, markets
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Investors banking on holiday spending. Plus: Less-secure Social Security, when gold and platinum run in stride, Facebook is now bigger than IBM, and the tired saga on endless office meetings.
The bitter economic costs of cheap oil
Breakfast with Benjamin: The bitter economic costs of cheap oil, plus notes on taking advantage of the rising dollar, avoiding bond funds like the plague, and running toward market volatility.
Fattened by the Federal Reserve, the markets want more
Breakfast with Benjamin: Fresh talk of extending QE is a sign that the markets just want more. Plus, gold shines bright among the carnage, learning to love leverage, and more.
Market strategists unbowed
Breakfast with Benjamin: Wall Street observers' resolve likely to be tested today, plus what could lift stocks out of their funk, solid earnings from Goldman Sachs and Janet Yellen's puzzle.
Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains
Weak economic numbers and an Ebola panic spurred a pullback, causing the S&P 500 to give back the year's gains.
Earnings season shapes up as the next test for the markets
Monday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: How will the market handle 3Q earnings? Plus: Bracing for an oil-price war, trouble beneath the surface of lower gas prices, a rare hawkish nod from the Fed, and advisers get high marks from clients.
Bob Doll: While markets look sloppy, high volatility will persist
Periodic market setbacks are inevitable, but the long-term case for equities remains sound
Wanted: Gold bears
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Investors still too bullish on gold. Plus: Structuring client portfolios for retirement, about that breach at JP Morgan, Pimco's long, hard fourth quarter, a big real estate deal and an event you shouldn't miss.
The dangerous downside of the stronger dollar
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu covers the U.S. dollar threatening to knock markets off balance, riding an ETF back into commodities, retirement plans turning on the Pimco Total Return Fund, and more.
Market ramps up for typical October wild ride
In today's Breakfast with Benjamin, signs point to a wild month ahead for the markets, Michael Lewis dishes on 'secret' Goldman Sachs tapes, the Alibaba bloom is already off the rose, and more.
Distinguishing financial planner from investment adviser
Monday's Breakfast with Benjamin Distinguishing financial planner from investment adviser. Plus: Gold looks tarnished, the Russell 2000 heads into 'death cross' territory, buying stocks in a buyback cycle, bank stocks in a rising-rate market, and another tax penalty, courtesy of Obamacare
What Scotland's 'no' vote means for markets
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin: What Scotland's 'no' vote might mean for the markets, Alibaba's IPO prices in record territory, the 'dumb money' is getting smarter, and gold continues to slide.
Advisers and investors take new military action in stride
Day after Obama authorizes new round of air strikes in the Middle East, oil drops. What gives?
Are you prepared for the next bear market?
The bull hasn't finished running but the time is now for investors to get their minds around its impending end.