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Shorting chickens becomes hot trade after prices surge
With no futures market to speculate on chicken-price movements, short sellers have turned to the equity market, borrowing record amounts of shares of two poultry producers that they in turn sell in anticipation of declines.
Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts
Breakfast with Benjamin: Oil traders put on their seatbelts. Plus: Hedge funds becoming mutual funds; it's going to be a good holiday for tech gadget junkies; and the big difference between a purebred heritage turkey and the one you'll probably be eating tomorrow.
Keeping emotion out of investing
The level of noise surrounding the financial markets can interfere with sound decision making.
India's roaring stock market, and funds that track it, get boost from cheap oil
Single-country funds average 12-month gains of 55% but region can be volatile for investors.
The economic immigration issue President Obama isn't ready to talk about
On Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, the immigration issue President Obama isn't ready to talk about. Plus: Morgan Stanley's wealth management riddle, chilly weather heats up commodities, and an honest look at Wall Street's culture of dishonesty.
Why the IRS is toothless in the fight against supersized IRAs
On Thursday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, the Government Accountability Office solves the riddle of the multimillion-dollar IRA. Plus: Oil stocks bounce on the Senate's Keystone 'no' vote, seniors can't wait for Social Security, and strippers pose a threat to the '1099 economy.'
As oil prices fall, investment opportunities emerge
For most people, the dramatic drop in oil prices over the past few months has been welcomed in the form of cheaper gasoline prices. But for investors, the story is less clear.Beyond the obvious pain felt by energy producers as the price of oil drops closer to a production break-even point, there
Federal Reserve's next move might not be until 2016
Tuesday Breakfast with Benjamin: Why the Fed's first interest rate hike could be pushed off even further. Plus: What happens when all asset classes stand still, cutting into timber investments, and a Goldman hedge fund swings and misses on interest rates
Despite wrong call this year, investors still forecasting bond bomb
After the legions of market savants missed out on hundreds of billions of dollars in gains this year anticipating a tumble in bonds, you'd think they would have found another target. You'd be wrong.
Warren Buffett's railroad buyout sees big returns thanks to oil boom
Days after Warren Buffett announced his $26.5 billion buyout of railroad BNSF, he insisted that he had paid a steep price to own a business that would benefit his company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., over the next century. “You don't get bargains on things like that,” Mr. Buffett said in a November
Stocks, dollar climb but gold drops
The dollar strengthened to a seven-year high against the yen and U.S. equity-index futures rose while gold declined. European bonds gained and stocks pared losses.The dollar appreciated 0.5% to 116.35 yen at 10:45 a.m. in London. Gold slid 0.7%. S&P 500 futures rose 0.2% while Stoxx Europe 600
Prolific U.S. oil production raises questions about a new tipping point
Friday Breakfast with Benjamin highlights the downsides to cheap U.S. oil. Plus: Maybe you don't need long-term-care insurance, the high risks of not saving for retirement, Putin becomes a gold bug, and why you might get a raise in 2015.
Sweet deal at Goldman Sachs lets partners invest alongside the bank
Breakfast with Benjamin: It's all about access at Goldman. Plus: U.S. soldiers sue banks for helping Iran finance attacks in Iraq, adjusting portfolios for a fourth-quarter ride, oil prices are expected to hang low till the next OPEC meeting, and a hats off to companies taking their hats off to ...
Mining stocks shine in gold-price pullback
Even with the price of gold down more than 40% over the past three years, there doesn't appear to be a big appetite for the precious metal, which is exactly why Keith Trauner is selecting adding exposure in his go-anywhere GoodHaven Fund (GOODX).While Mr. Trauner isn't yet ready to add direct gold
Gold's 'dead-cat bounce' is a temporary distraction from an inevitable fall
Also on Monday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Janus rides the wave of a Bill Gross effect, bond managers talk their book, IN's deep-dive into bond fund assets shifts, some oil stocks are worth buying on the dips, and happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps.