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    Index-investing purists ignoring mounting downside risks

    Six years into a bull run that has seen the S&P 500 more than triple, it's time to recognize the potential benefits of active management over indexing.

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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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    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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    Is OPEC about to flinch and cut oil production?

    Breakfast with Benjamin: OPEC might be rethinking their strategy of flooding the market with oil to crush the fracking industry.

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    To improve portfolio diversification, look to technology

    Traditional, institutional, buy-and-hold asset allocation model isn't the best fit for all clients.

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    Getting smarter investors to move beyond an “offense-only” approach

    Most respondents in new survey say they have a financial plan, on the right track but their confidence may be misplaced.

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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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    ETF outdoes hedge funds in the M&A game

    In trying to capitalize on the news of mergers and acquisitions, hedge funds are being outdone by an exchange-traded fund clone.

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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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    Jeffrey Gundlach not a fan of automakers long term

    Top-rated fund manager, with better record in bonds than stocks, fond of bold pronouncements.

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    The Fed's first interest rate hike hits another speed bump

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed continues to hem and haw on raising interest rates. Plus: Options-based funds get it done, hedge funder spills the beans on 2015, and the outlook for oil prices is all over the map.

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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.

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    Here's how stocks will react to rising interest rates

    For investors worried about how stocks will react to rising interest rates, last week's trading may provide some guidance. To wit: Following the biggest one-week jump in 10-year Treasury yields in more than a year, investors are selling the highest-yielding companies in the S&P 500.

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    BDCs' juicy yields attracting a lot of insider buying

    Though high yielding, companies undervalued and have upside to dividends and share prices.