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    Bill Gross' departure reignites the risks of 'star manager' funds

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, Bill Gross' Pimco exit is changing the way we look at star fund managers, Japan's latest stimulus plan triggers a market rally, watching out for those mutual fund tax burdens, and more.

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    Japan's stimulus news pushes stocks higher

    Bank of Japan unexpectedly boosts monetary expansion and equity investors cheer; yen drops sharply.

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    Stock index futures fall on rate concerns as Fed ends QE

    Economy on stable track but investors will watch economic reports on growth, unemployment, consumption.

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    Vanguard's John Bogle beats the low-fee drum, takes a fresh swipe at active management

    On Thursday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: John Bogle says retirement plans will suffer under active management fees. Plus: Cheap oil's fallout hits gold prices, media hype overstates the Fed's taper tap-out, and more.

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    Federal Reserve to end bond buying but keep interest rates low

    Policy makers say labor market has improved while inflation likely to remain subdued over the near term.

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    What Derek Jeter can teach investors about the economy and markets

    Was the now-retired Yankee shortstop one of the greats or overrated? It depends on who's telling the story.

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    Decision day: What Fed policy makers will have to say

    Breakfast with Benjamin: What will Janet Yellen and the other Fed policy makers say, and how will investors react? Plus: Why focus on the Fed at all? And traps to avoid on the way to success, Facebook earnings, private equity risks and Game 7

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    Record bets against Japan stocks tell investors time to buy

    Short-selling on Tokyo's bourse jumped to the highest on record this month, as the Topix index tumbled 7.7 percent from a six-year high in September.

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    Fed flirts with leaving taper on the table

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The end of QE? Not so fast. Plus: Gold gets the cold shoulder, most European banks pass stress tests, and why you shouldn't get too excited about stock buyback plans.

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    Best- and worst-performing target date funds

    Track the performance of the best and worst target-date funds through the third quarter, and see which funds best weathered the market's volatility.

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    The Fed's QE sleight of hand: Please ignore that $4.5T balance sheet

    Breakfast with Benjamin - The Federal Reserve's QE sleight of hand, cheap oil's winners and losers, Schwab bringing advisers premium Morningstar access, and more.

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    Holiday spending can't come soon enough for the economy, markets

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Investors banking on holiday spending. Plus: Less-secure Social Security, when gold and platinum run in stride, Facebook is now bigger than IBM, and the tired saga on endless office meetings.

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    The Fed struts its market-timing skills to inject a sense of calm

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed tries to inject a sense of calm in the market, Mohamed El-Erian passes on Pimco, all economists get it wrong, a global currency war is unfolding before our eyes, and more.

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    Are online investors actually panicking at the sight of market volatility?

    Covestor sees investors tinkering around the edges of their allocations, but not much actual fear

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    The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The bitter economic costs of cheap oil, plus notes on taking advantage of the rising dollar, avoiding bond funds like the plague, and running toward market volatility.