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    That awkward moment when the Fed realizes it can't raise interest rates

    Breakfast with Benjamin: William Dudley, president of the New York Fed, says delaying a rate hike until 2016 'will be awkward.'

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    In hindsight, China's market meltdown wasn't really that bad

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Now that the dust has started to settle, China's stock market meltdown doesn't seem all that awful.

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    Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Despite the mood on Wall Street getting downright gloomy, some economists still think the Fed will raise interest rates next month.

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    Market tumult pushes Federal Reserve rate hike expectations out

    A long-anticipated move by the Fed to raise interest rates next month would be “very strange,” given the volatility rocking financial markets, according to the top bond strategist for Charles Schwab's retail research unit.

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    Global financial turmoil brings the Fed's plan into focus

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Asia's biggest economy is slowing, the Fed is about to kick off an interest rate tightening cycle, and China has just devalued its currency. Is the current market turmoil foreshadowing yet another region-wide bust?

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    At least one timing signal is already saying it is time to sell stocks

    Breakfast with Benjamin: One troubling result of Thursday's big stock drop, in which the Dow industrials lost 358 points, or just over 2%, is that the market's oldest timing signal flashed a sell signal.

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    The S&P 500 Index is giving investors plenty of international exposure

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Companies in the S&P 500 are generating less and less of their income in the U.S., which means investors might have more exposure to international markets than they think.

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    Fed officials moving toward rate increase but still looking for wage gains

    The Federal Open Market Committee, led by Chairwoman Janet Yellen, said last month that despite further progress, economic conditions warranting an increase in the target range for fed funds had not yet been met.

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    Fight those Fed fears and stick with dividend investment

    The five-year dividend-investing rally might be losing momentum, but that doesn't mean investors should abandon ship just yet.Even on the heels of a record aggregate dividend payout by S&P 500 Index companies of $351 billion and a string of double-digit annual payout increases, investors are making

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    Investors trimming bets on September interest rate hike

    Options prices indicate skepticism but Pimco says Federal Reserve's rate increase bar is 'fairly low.'

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    Alex Rodriguez and the Federal Reserve rewrite history

    The baseball star and the central bank have changed their respective narratives but for the Fed, the end of the story remains murky.

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    The Fed's quantitative easing experiment gets a failing grade

    Breakfast with Benjamin: A Fed official put some of the central bank's post-financial crisis actions under a magnifying glass and found they have done little to boost the economy.

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    Unwinding the Fed's giant bond portfolio might not hurt much

    Breakfast with Benjamin: For bond investors worried about what might happen when the Fed starts whittling down its $2.46 trillion of Treasuries, there's good news.

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    DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says $40 oil is something to worry about

    Breakfast with Benjamin DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach believes $40 oil is something investors should be worried about.

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    Facebook stock-fraud venture lands fund manager in hot water

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Tampa-based fund manager to plead guilty to investment fraud in relation to $9M worth of Facebook stock he purchased then sold and was caught short when the stock price rebounded.