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Bill Clinton loses points for building that budget surplus
In Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, new research pins the 2008 financial crisis on reduced government debt thanks to the budget surplus during President Clinton's tenure. Plus: Big Oil starts to crumble, St. Louis scrambles to keep the Rams in town, and biology meets personal finance.
Bill Gross: Federal Reserve will raise interest rates late in 2015
Any rate increase will be slow to avoid startling market, and caution will prevail for a long time, the fund manager predicts.
Vanguard warns advisers on stock risk in client portfolios
According to the fund giant, investors are taking on portfolio risk not seen since 1999 or 2007, and advisers need to adjust client expectations for low-return markets.
6 market developments to watch for in 2015
Legg Mason's seven asset management affiliates offer differing views on global investment opportunities ahead.
Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin features the case for investing in Russia looking great, at least on paper. Plus: Hedge funds are still shorting oil, will the big snowstorm close the financial markets, and how to pick the right IRA for your clients.
Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner
Breakfast with Benjamin features the Federal Reserve being caught between a rock and a hard place on rate hikes. Plus: Greeks vote to kick the can down the road, Obama's tax grab looks like a blueprint for the future, and a billionaire tells Americans to spend less money
Obama's tax proposals fall short
Some of the president's tax plans likely will give nightmares to the clients of financial advisers.
The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence
In Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, the downside of a multi-year bull market in stocks: Investors get overconfident. Plus: If oil drops to $30 look out below, not all hedge fund workers are rich, and what the IRS is looking for now.
Will European easing sideline a Fed rate hike?
Advisers and experts say 'the Fed really is hamstrung' by European Central Bankers' planned $50-billion-per-month quantitative easing program, meaning they can't raise or lower interest rates in this environment.
MLP funds, once seemingly immune, show signs of frailty as energy prices fall
Popular category for yield-starved investors posts first quarterly decline in two years.
Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin includes gold hitting its highest level since September. Plus: Obama wants to tak 529 plans to fund free community college, emerging-market-debt managers emerge from the wreckage of 2014, and it's time to change some passwords.
Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others
Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios.While it might be disheartening to see something
In Obama's State of the Union, advisers see a 'provocative' call to tax wealthy
When the president delivers his State of the Union address tonight, he will make proposals that could change the basic assumptions advisers rely on for wealthy clients. (See also: 13 crucial state tax changes.)
Bond investors pessimistic as U.S. economic growth improves
Lack of wage growth stoking fears of disinflation while Fed prepares to lift interest rates
Slow start to Obama's grand 'MyRA' retirement savings program
Treasury Dept. met its deadline but significant hurdles remain to get workers signed up.
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