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Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks
Investors continue to see domestic stocks as the best thing going: Legg Mason survey.
Citigroup says oil is going from cheap to dirt cheap
Breakfast with Benjamin: Could $20 oil really happen? According to Citigroup, It's impossible to call a bottom point. Plus: Morningstar crowns the 'best' liquid alts fund, another oil producer feels the pain, and the case for active management gets stronger.
A new entry point for gold investors takes on GLD
Just as gold is regaining its luster with investors, Bank of Montreal's new gold deposit receipt program offers a new way to tap into the market for the precious metal. The Bank of Montreal's gold deposit receipt program, GOLDRs, which is aimed at U.S. investors, is SEC-registered and DTC-eligible,
Warren Buffett's financial results start to raise red flags
Breakfast with Benjamin: Warren Buffett rejects analysts' criticism of Berkshire Hathaway's financials. Plus: Family Dollar's lesson in luck, small-cap stocks at odds with jobs data, and Alan Greenspan on Greece exiting the euro.
REITs not to the rescue this year
Breakfast with Benjamin: Real estate might not deliver as expected. Plus: This week, we'll really know how the drop in oil affected companies and consumers; in currencies, it's not all about the Swiss franc; it's budget day in Washington; and all the Super Bowl ads, in case you missed them.
6 market developments to watch for in 2015
Legg Mason's seven asset management affiliates offer differing views on global investment opportunities ahead.
Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin features the case for investing in Russia looking great, at least on paper. Plus: Hedge funds are still shorting oil, will the big snowstorm close the financial markets, and how to pick the right IRA for your clients.
Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner
Breakfast with Benjamin features the Federal Reserve being caught between a rock and a hard place on rate hikes. Plus: Greeks vote to kick the can down the road, Obama's tax grab looks like a blueprint for the future, and a billionaire tells Americans to spend less money
The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence
In Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, the downside of a multi-year bull market in stocks: Investors get overconfident. Plus: If oil drops to $30 look out below, not all hedge fund workers are rich, and what the IRS is looking for now.
Will European easing sideline a Fed rate hike?
Advisers and experts say 'the Fed really is hamstrung' by European Central Bankers' planned $50-billion-per-month quantitative easing program, meaning they can't raise or lower interest rates in this environment.
Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin includes gold hitting its highest level since September. Plus: Obama wants to tak 529 plans to fund free community college, emerging-market-debt managers emerge from the wreckage of 2014, and it's time to change some passwords.
Global markets fixate on China's currency play
In today's Breakfast with Benjamin, markets wonder if the Chinese yuan is the next shoe to drop. Plus: Notes on the default risk rising in China's dollar-denominated debt, President Obama's latest tax grab, and rolling 401(k) assets into a pension plan.
Five surprise investment themes for 2015
From a big year for European equities to precious metals and bonds, here are some ideas of where value may lie in 2015.
State of the Union spoiler alert: Obama plans to go after rich people
Breakfast with Benjamin: Tax hikes for the rich? Plus: European central bankers load up for their own quantitative easing, Russia is fading fast, and Switzerland has another trick up its sleeve.
Europe and Asia may be a mess, but long-term investors can find opportunities there
Valuations and fundamentals make the case for a contrarian international move