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    Yellen says expect a rate increase this year

    Federal Reserve chief says indicators are moving in the right direction; rate hikes will be gradual.

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    Inflation report boosts odds of September rate hike

    Financial markets' reaction Friday to the unexpected uptick in April Consumer Price Index data underscores the wild and crazy world of quantitative easing, according to Bob Rice, managing partner at Tangent Capital.“This shows us the fascinating Catch-22 of the QE world,” he said, referring to the

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    Tim Geithner spills the beans on how he navigated the financial crisis

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner spills the beans on how he navigated the financial crisis.

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    Wirehouses raise clients' exposure to alternatives, but reps still just dabbling

    Wirehouse reps have been steadily increasing client allocations to alternative investments in stride with the level of risk building in the overall stock and bond markets. The latest research from the Money Management Institute and Dover Financial Research found that alternative investments through

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    How portfolio diversification can help deliver more income to clients

    Customized trade-offs between volatility and income benefits can help clients meet a variety of investment goals.

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    George Soros pitches a currency move to prevent a third world war

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The billionaire investor is calling on the United States to allow China's currency to join the International Monetary Fund's basket of currencies.

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    Goldman Sachs says the bull market is getting long in the tooth

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Goldman Sachs analysts believe stocks' most recent record high could be the last for a while.

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    Gold bulls celebrate the strongest run since January

    Breakfast with Benjamin Gold enjoys its best performance since January as the dollar's run takes a breather.

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    Your clients might need some hand-holding for that first rate hike

    Breakfast with Benjamin There's no harm in helping investors better understand what it means for them when the Fed starts to tighten interest rates.

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    Alan Greenspan warns of another taper tantrum when the Fed lifts interest rates

    Breakfast with Benjamin What's going to happen to the markets when the Fed pulls the interest rate hike trigger? Alan Greenspan has an idea, and it's not pretty.

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    Global bond market selloff is now described as 'violent'

    Plus: Currency traders become the new yield producers, building a global portfolio, and what Yogi Berra might say about today's financial markets

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    Separately managed accounts ranked by first-quarter returns

    U.S. large-cap equity Product1Q return1-year return3-year return5-year return5-year std dev5-year Sharpe ratioAssets ($M)ManagerLocationNavellier & Associates - Large Cap Growth Portfolio7.70%19.89%16.37%16.90%13.41%1.25$1,651.2 TeamReno, Nev.Janus Capital Management - Concentrated Growth MA

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    Index based on social media sentiment gives new weight to tweets

    Investing based on the sentiment gleaned from 500 million daily tweets on Twitter Inc. might sound crazy, but the numbers appear to add up. Market Prophit, a market-sentiment research firm, has launched an index constructed and managed based on daily analysis of what people are saying about various

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    Advisers, investors reopen rate hike debate, send stocks higher after so-so jobs report

    Strong market rally and mixed jobs report adds fresh fuel to the debate over when the Fed might institute the first rate hike since 2006. (See also: Schiff: Forget rate hike, look for QE4)

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    Good or bad, jobs report could roil the markets, investors

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Good or bad, investors could react sharply to the April jobs report. Plus: Bitcoin could be back, Fitbit plans an IPO and offbeat economic indicators.