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As robo-advice spreads, so should the caution warnings
Breakfast with Benjamin: As robo-advisers flood the zone, investors (and human financial advisers) should continue to proceed with caution.
SEC taking deep dive into role of ETFs in Aug. 24 market drop
Breakfast with Benjamin: SEC chairwoman Mary Jo White says the agency is taking a hard look at ETFs' role on Aug. 24, when stocks dropped like a rock, and the agency's trading rules are part of the scrutiny.
Blending Mars, Venus can energize a fund
Appears that mixed-gender portfolio management teams tend to generate better performance
Advice for advisers: Always think about inflation
It's no surprise that inflation is not top-of-mind but for long-term investing to be successful, long-term returns need to outpace inflation.
December looking more likely for Fed rate hike
Breakfast with Benjamin: Ground Control to Major Yellen. Commencing countdown, engines on. The Fed's October meeting minutes stress a potential December liftoff for rates.
How ETFs can help mitigate the impact of market bubbles
Emphasizing defense and true diversification in ETF choices can provide protection.
Gold goes on a safe-haven rally in the wake of Paris attacks
Breakfast with Benjamin: Gold jumps, with futures up more than 1% even as riskier assets like stocks find reasons to rally.
Investors pause but look past Paris attacks, keeping eye on the Fed
Much to the surprise of some market watchers, investors — and thus, financial markets — Monday looked past the brutal terror attacks in Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead and hundreds injured.
Financial markets brace for fallout from the Paris terror attacks
Breakfast with Benjamin: The financial markets are likely to be swept up in the immediate unrest following Friday's terror attacks in Paris.
Bond ETFs can help clients navigate rising rates
Three ways advisers can utilize bond ETFs to ride out whatever waves the Fed's long-deferred action might kick up.
Beyond Fed's (all but certain) rate hike
Markets are expected to experience some immediate, but short-term, volatility if the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates in December.
The apolitical Fed is becoming a political target
Breakfast with Benjamin: Even though it's designed and expected to be apolitical, the Federal Reserve is becoming a popular target of political attacks.
The endless and irrelevant financial woes of presidential candidates
Breakfast with Benjamin: Presidential candidates are not always good at managing their own money, and voters don't care, or need to.
Jobs report has the bond market on edge
Breakfast with Benjamin: The specific things to watch for in today's jobs report that could influence the Fed's decision on interest rates.
The Fed's monetary policy is making income inequality even worse
Breakfast with Benjamin: The numbers are in, and it turns out the $12.4 trillion worth of quantitative easing has only worsened inequality.