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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.

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    A user's guide to this week's "Fedspeak"

    On this morning's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, a guide to the Fed's upcoming comments, Calpers sends hedge funds out to pasture, getting on the stock-split bandwagon, and more.

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    Markets wait on the Fed's next move

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors are waiting for Janet Yellen and the Fed to pull the trigger on rates. Plus: Buying Alibaba via ETFs; S&P and Nasdaq stocks start to separate; hedge funds ride the wave; and annuity product sales hitting double digits.

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    Should you follow Bill?

    Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin features: Bill Gross is selling bonds. Should you? Plus: Finra might go inside to replace Fienberg; the markets' muted reaction to Obama; pump and dump; more money flows to hedge funds; and Cantor's way of commemorating 9/11.

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    Advisers and investors take new military action in stride

    Day after Obama authorizes new round of air strikes in the Middle East, oil drops. What gives?

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    The recovery's winners

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Gen Xers enjoy wage gains but others don't. Plus: Bolstering bond returns; thinking about Fed policy; Charlie Munger's contributions to Buffett's success; a private equity manager opens up and remembering 9/11.

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    Meet the next wave of $1B advisory firms

    This is an excerpt from the 2014 InvestmentNews Financial Performance Study of Advisory Firms. To order the full study (available now), click here.

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    Are you prepared to make an exit from the stock market?

    If the Federal Reserve pursues an “exit” from its ultra-low interest rate policy, are you be prepared for an exit from the stock market, should things turn south?

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    'Don't fight the Fed' was never more true

    Tuesday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu includes: It's true: Don't fight the Fed. Also: Alibaba mania is here and so is Apple's big day; Wells Fargo faces possible Finra action and about that Home Depot data breach.

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    How advisers can help solve the student loan crisis

    Young professionals require holistic financial planning that considers all assets and liabilities.

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    Life insurance companies ranked by direct premiums

    Company2013 total direct premium2013 market shareMetropolitan$11,503.67.98%Northwestern Mutual$9,436.06.55%Prudential of America$8,341.95.79%New York Life$7,812.15.42%Lincoln National$6,144.54.27%MassMutual Life Insurance$5,077.73.52%John Hancock$4,849.43.37%Aegon U.S. Holding $4,065.22.82%State

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    Long-term care carriers

    CompanyNew 2013 PoliciesNew 2013 Annualized premiums ($M)In-force Policies, 2013In-force Annualized premiums ($M), 2013Bankers Life and Casualty 1, 27,248$12.0 283,996$476.3 Genworth Financial 353,974$133.8 1,209,869$2,508.8 John Hancock Life Insurance 313,305$36.2 604,889$1,394.9 Knights of

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    Bond gurus say the rally is over

    In today's Breakfast with Benjamin, bond experts weigh in on the state of the bond rally, hackers find nothing to steal from Obamacare site, the Fed goes after Libor and another reminder to diversify into alternatives.

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    Bringing back pooled 401(k) plans could derail a fund industry cash cow

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu features: Revisiting the idea of pooled 401(k) plans, plus Jack Bogle gives a half nod to Fed policy, the curious appeal of water ETFs, and more rich folks are calling for a market correction.

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    Pimco's Gross says weak credit creation jeopardizes growth

    Pacific Investment Management Co.'s Bill Gross says insufficient credit creation, with economic growth of only about 2%, puts the U.S. expansion in jeopardy.