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    Why financial advisers still hate reverse mortgages

    A reverse mortgage is a little like a car airbag. It's nice to know it's there. But if it ever has to be used, the driver's already in trouble.New regulations are supposed to improve the unsavory reputation of reverse mortgages, which are loans against a home that don't need to be repaid until the

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    Pimco fortifies to take on the old boss

    Monday Breakfast with Benjamin:Gross, Ivascyn to square off. Plus: The outlook for Pimco outflows is bad and worse, global markets keeping an eye on Hong Kong civil unrest, a warning about fixed indexed annuities, buying ahead of ex-dividend dates, and running the numbers on Roth IRAs

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    The secret Goldman Sachs tapes

    How one brave federal regulator got the goods on the New York Fed's hands-off policy toward Goldman.

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    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.

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    Don't overlook the housing recovery

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Remember housing stocks? You should. Plus: How Pimco stepped in it, academics take on high-frequency trading, the bad math behind climate-change regs, and men are better retirement savers than women.

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    Yellen to the markets: Don't say you weren't warned

    Midweek Breakfast with Benjamin: Yellen warned us. Plus: SEC probes Pimco ETF over asset pricing, America's 401(k)s are failing investors, and how Obama's attack on corporate inversions flunks basic math.

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    Market risk is ignored by invincible investors

    Breakfast with Benjamin: A real risk thanks to the bull market: investors' sense of invincibility, plus El-Erian dishes on Pimco, second-guessing Calpers, and more.

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    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

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    Is Calpers' move away from hedge funds a bellwether for advisers?

    If major institutions cannot justify hedge fund investing, where should advisers turn for alternative asset exposure?

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    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.

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    Whether 'yes' or 'no, thanks,' Scotland vote unlikely to trip up hot UK economy

    The U.K. economy is ready for battle.With the fastest growth among Group of Seven nations, Britain may have built up enough momentum to weather the possible loss of Scotland in today's referendum, or to keep strengthening if the union survives. The economy has expanded for six straight quarters,

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    Equity markets poised for day two of Fed's no-news rally

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Equity markets are poised for day two of a rally thanks to the Fed's lack of news, plus gold takes a hit, and how independence could affect Scottish stocks.

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    Fed decides to hold tight on rates, and advisers react

    The Federal Reserve decides to hold tight on interest rates, and advisers are reacting accordingly.

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    Bill Gross rides derivatives around Fed policy

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Bond King levers up. Plus: There is nothing smooth about the Fed's next move, the first nail in hedge funds' coffin and more.

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    Bob Doll: Why the bull market isn't ending anytime soon

    With all eyes on the Fed, Nuveen's Bob Doll explains why the U.S. market rally should continue.