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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.
The Fed should raise rates, but it won't
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed should raise rates but... Plus: Financial advisers turn to options investing; the French government calls it quits; the SEC goes after asset-backed bonds; another Obamacare surprise; and what is really the most important meal of the day
A 20% allocation to gold? Seriously.
Given the shiny metal's price volatility, a lower exposure makes more sense, detractors say.
Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes
Breakfast with Benjamin: The dollar rallies ahead of Fed news. Plus: Stocks historically love the Fed's Jackson Hole meeting; Argentina's latest gambit; insurance companies create new asset management opportunities; and regretting not buying Google at the IPO.