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    Global selloff, weak earnings send stocks to big loss

    S&P 500 posts first monthly loss since January; Dow erases gains for the year.

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    Argentina fails to negotiate its way out of default

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Argentina defaults. Plus: Fund managers deal with Argentina bond exposure; the Fed's-eye view of unemployment; fallout from Russian sanctions; San Bernardino goes to pot; and a cannabis stock rally adds a new twist to buying high.

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    Fed watchers see more tapering and little else from today's minutes

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Gearing up for Fed news. Plus: Putin's next move could be painful; Argentina teeters on the brink of default; another naysayer calls for a correction; the long view on a higher minimum wage; and a portfolio rebalance refresher.

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    Dan Fuss: Risk in geopolitics, high-yield, leveraged funds

    Loomis Sayles bond fund manager says the firm is “as cautious as we've ever been”

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    Fuss sees Fed holding off for a year as Fisher urges rate hike

    Dan Fuss says geopolitical risks will keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates too soon, countering calls from Fed Bank of Dallas president Richard Fisher for an increase as early as this year.

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    Treasury yields are poised for a run

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin also features notes on geopolitical unrest hitting the markets, an IPO-heavy week, and Morgan Stanley junior bankers getting a 'living wage.'

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    An investment strategy that works

    Breakfast with Benjamin: How to get into stocks. Plus: One veteran trader's big worries; why you need to have a business continuity plan; high quality bonds are scarce; no summer doldrums this wee; and a lesson from the king. Burger King.

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    Multialt fund: A hedge with its own risks

    Multialternative strategy mutual funds have become one of the fastest-growing fund subcategories, and that should be a red flag for financial advisers to sharpen their due diligence on these products.

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    Look at pay in assessing jobs report

    As we look forward to the July payroll report, to be released Friday, we consider the most important factors to look for and their potential market impact. While the knee-jerk reaction and immediate attention always falls to the headline nonfarm-payroll number and to the headline unemployment rate,

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    The Fed is now fretting about wage growth and surprise inflation

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Don't look now, but wage growth (for dishwashers, for example) is on the radar. Plus: The SEC's half fix for money funds, a golden cross for Goldman, judge blocks 'Wall Street Wolf's' sucker list, and big city life can be a drag.

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    Amid global turmoil, bond managers' patience is tested

    Delaware Investments co-CIO says biggest focus is on the economy and interest rates.

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    SEC passes money fund rules – but wait, the buck could still break

    Many advisers expect that their clients will continue to be able to rely on stable money market funds after the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday passed a slate of reforms that include a broad carve-out for products sold to retail investors.But some industry experts cautioned that the

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    Giddy markets continue to look blissfully past mounting geopolitical unrest

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Looking past all the geopolitical risk. Plus: U.S. investors finally start diversifying overseas, what's not to like about a marijuana ETF, how the Millennial generation slept through the bull market run, and a tribute to a fund industry critic.

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    Global consumer confidence soars

    Plus: Credit Suisse exits the commodities trading business, Allianz stands by Bill Gross, silver has a golden summer run, three taxes we can all dislike together, and don't let tourist scams rain on your vacation

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    Multialternative mutual funds gain in popularity

    As the stock market continues its push to new record levels, multialternative mutual funds have been enticing investors and advisers with the chance to hedge some of the mounting risk.The broad category, represented by 120 mutual funds, almost a third of which have been launched in the past 18