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    Fed Vice Chair Fischer says rate hike most likely June or September

    Federal Vice Chairman Fischer says the central bank is most likely to raise interest rates in June or September, although economic developments might warrant different timing for liftoff.

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    Obama's proposed budget lets unemployed workers drain their retirement savings

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The president's 2016 budget lets workers tap into their 401(k)s penalty-free once unemployment runs out.

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    In rare move, Vanguard beefs up international exposure in target date funds

    Fund giant also plans to launch lower-cost institutional series to expand its market reach.

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    The bond market and the Fed are suddenly marching in lockstep

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The bond market and the Fed are suddenly marching in lockstep, with inflation clarity coming soon.

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    Yellen and the Fed not swaying advisers

    Uncertainty about when the central bank will begin to raise interest rates has advisers sticking to their fixed-income guns.

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    Putting the T back in ETF

    Exchange-traded funds are exceptional tools for allocating client portfolios, but they can lose their effectiveness if implemented incorrectly.

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    Gold loses its luster on the global stage

    Breakfast with Benjamin: A stronger dollar and record valuations for global stocks have kicked the precious metal to the curb.

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    Advisers should brush up on Daniel Kahneman's work

    Behavioral economist's insights about advisers and their clients should ring true

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    Due diligence in the age of flash crashes

    The dominance of algorithms in trading means advisers need to re-evaluate their processes

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    Bill Gross pal McCulley leaving Pimco after firm hires former Morgan Stanley chief economist

    Soon-to-be former chief economist exiting less than a year after joining, says 'mission is complete.'

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    Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?

    Breakfast with Benjamin A record Merrill Lynch signing bonus might have pushed its monetary limit. Plus: Loving European stocks but hating the euro, taking a fresh look at gold, and protecting the nest egg from rising drug costs.

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    Oil finds the sweet spot for debate over how, or if, to invest

    Six months into an oil-price slide that seemingly nobody saw coming, debate is starting to build about when and how to jump in and take advantage of the market's punishment on certain sectors linked to the commodity.Some investors haven't waited.“We bought exposure to oil in all our portfolios in

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    Know more about the Fed than Rand Paul does

    The Kentucky Republican was called out for the accuracy of recent comments about the Federal Reserve. But how much do you know? Here's a primer.

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    Warren Buffett gives up on Exxon as oil prices slide

    Drop in oil prices send the Oracle of Omaha, and his mixed track record on investing in energy, to the exits but he make a play for a Canadian producer and adds to his big IBM stake.

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    The bottom for oil prices isn't even in sight yet

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Supply and demand math could mean $10 oil. Plus: Eric Holder takes a parting shot at Wall Street, SEC filings show how hedge funds did and didn't navigate the markets, and it's hard to bet against sin stocks.