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    Carlyle Group misses the mark with liquid alts

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Carlyle Group is shutting down two liquid alternative mutual funds it launched last year.

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    With one quarter down, Bob Doll still likes his 2015 outlook

    In a first-quarter checkup on his 2015 economic predictions, Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, is giving himself a passing grade, while betting on a lot of help from consumers to carry through the rest of the year.“It's my contention that this is the least believed bull

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    The riddle and the dilemma of global bonds

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Bond bulls continue to shrug off logic, claiming it's different this time, even despite negative yields.

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    Northern Trust: Managers remain optimistic on U.S. economy

    Money managers believe the U.S. economy will remain stable over the next six months, but fewer managers expect U.S. corporate earnings growth to accelerate than in the previous quarter, according to Northern Trust's quarterly investment manager survey.Fifty-four percent of managers surveyed by

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    Japan bumps China off the mountain as top holder of U.S. debt

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Japan takes over as America's biggest creditor but China is right behind. Plus: More banks abandon student loan biz, Colorado's weed tax bummer, and where banking is still beyond at least 2 billion people.

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    Hedge fund bulls go big on oil

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Hedge fund bulls go big on oil. What do they know, or think they know?

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    How to turbocharge target-date funds

    Breakfast with Benjamin Focusing on small-cap stocks could be a recipe for boosting a target-date fund.

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    Latest sign of oil market glut pushes prices even lower

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Prices fall by 5% after the discovery of the biggest weekly buildup of U.S. inventories since 2001.

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    Investors jump into European stocks hoping for another QE ride

    The launch of the Eurozone's quantitative easing program has not been lost on investors who are now pouring money into the European equity markets, as measured by record inflows in March. TrimTabs Investment Research calculated a record $7.8 billion worth of inflows into European-focused equity

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    BlackRock shrinks money market lineup, affecting $200B in assets

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The firm is closing or consolidating 20 money market funds with $200 billion in assets.

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    Gross sees Fed hike by September, even as job growth slows

    Manager at odds with market, where expectations for fall increase declined after weak February employment report.

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    Jobs report's bad news is bad news

    With any luck, by the time the market re-opens Monday, the stunningly weak report will be fully absorbed and diluted along with a weekend full of marshmallow bunnies, chocolate eggs and whatever other news develops. But don't bet on it.

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    Oil prices could push lower after Iran nuke deal

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Iran nuke deal could mean even more oil coming into an already flooded market.

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    Do-it-yourself bond traders are changing Wall Street

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Do-it-yourself bond traders have become much more than just a nagging headache for Wall Street's big boys.

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    Job growth is the economy's only bright side, and it isn't very bright

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The data show companies are hiring, but virtually everything else in the economy is falling.