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Central bankers are pushing the whole world into stocks
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Low rates around the world is pushing everyone into stocks. Plus: Where to work if you want a big fat 401(k); the German bund flirts with a negative yield; Australia becomes the new junk-bond haven; and how not to be a horrible boss.
Warren Buffett's tax fairness doublespeak
In today's Breakfast with Benjamin, Warren Buffett's fails to put his money where his mouth is, Canada finds a sensible way to stop corporate inversions, the Fed pushes rate-hike rumors out to the end of next year, and more.
The Fed should raise rates, but it won't
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed should raise rates but... Plus: Financial advisers turn to options investing; the French government calls it quits; the SEC goes after asset-backed bonds; another Obamacare surprise; and what is really the most important meal of the day
Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen stays loose on monetary policy
In Jackson Hole speech, Fed chief says rates will stay low until economy achieves 2% inflation and 'maximum' unemployment
BofA settlement comes back to bite homeowners
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: BofA settlement bites homeowners. Plus: Warren Buffett feels compliance pain; a mortgage shop tries financial advice; fewer stocks participating in the bull market run; and stocks that could benefit from the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon
For Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon. Plus: A market fueled by bad news; B of A's big mortgage settlement' Countrywide exec finally heads to court; and how companies miss the mark with stock options.
Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes
Breakfast with Benjamin: The dollar rallies ahead of Fed news. Plus: Stocks historically love the Fed's Jackson Hole meeting; Argentina's latest gambit; insurance companies create new asset management opportunities; and regretting not buying Google at the IPO.
Barclays rains on the equity market parade
Breakfast with Benjamin: Barclays warns on stocks. Plus: Gold finds some safe-haven love; how the Fed is off target; Argentina uses social media to attack creditors; Nasdaq's version of déjà vu; and what people buy when money is no object.
The Fed finds another reason to hold down interest rates
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed and chief Janet Yellen get more ammo to hold down rates. Plus: AIG inches back into DC lobby; why some stocks never split; and where the smart money is going
Betting on women-led companies
The company's president and CEO talks about a new fund investing in firms with diverse leadership. Plus don't miss: Women and Investing special report
Private credit markets offer investors double-digit returns
Private credit markets offer investors double-digit returns. Seen as an alternative to bonds, one direct lending fund returned 12.7% last year.
Why separately managed accounts are undergoing a rebirth
A class of products that have been around for a long time are undergoing a rebirth: separately managed accounts, or SMAs.
LPL's chief investment officer reads market tea leaves
Burt White is sticking to his previous call that stocks will produce 10% gains in 2014, with room potentially to move slightly higher.
Fed watchers are spinning over Janet Yellen's mixed messages
Breakfast with Benjamin brings you up to speed on reactions to Janet Yellen's mixed messages on the U.S. job market, gold's surge, and Russian mutual funds' fall.
How to help clients take on the right amount of risk
Careful attention to portfolio construction can keep your clients from making financial decisions driven by emotional reactions.