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The bitter economic costs of cheap oil
Breakfast with Benjamin: The bitter economic costs of cheap oil, plus notes on taking advantage of the rising dollar, avoiding bond funds like the plague, and running toward market volatility.
Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains
Weak economic numbers and an Ebola panic spurred a pullback, causing the S&P 500 to give back the year's gains.
Earnings season shapes up as the next test for the markets
Monday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: How will the market handle 3Q earnings? Plus: Bracing for an oil-price war, trouble beneath the surface of lower gas prices, a rare hawkish nod from the Fed, and advisers get high marks from clients.
Market chop puts alternative strategies front and center
Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: The market's jolt puts liquid alt strategies in the spotlight. Plus: Minding the next threshold for stocks, reminding clients to buy on the dip, Fed missed the mark on inflation, and don't forget to worry about China.
Markets are poised to ride the Fed doves even higher today
For Breakfast with Benjamin today: Stock climb to continue. Plus: Loving and hating the strong dollar, China sets up for a currency fight, more spooky details in the JPMorgan hack attack, Pimco's slippery marketing gambit, short-sellers bet on the rally, and drones shape up as niche investment ...
Equity markets buckle up for FOMC minutes, Alcoa earnings
Breakfast with Benjamin: Equity investors brace for insight from Janet Yellen and the Fed today. Plus: ETFs chase the freed-up Pimco assets, breaking down the bond market fears, Morgan Stanley says the auto industry's days are numbered, and Warren Buffett makes another safe bet.
IPO markets don't need Alibaba for best quarter since 2010
Ali who? One company dominated the conversation about initial public offerings in the third quarter, and for good reason: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) raised a record-breaking $25 billion in the U.S. this month.Leave it out of the total raised, though, and the three months through September
Pimco fortifies to take on the old boss
Monday Breakfast with Benjamin:Gross, Ivascyn to square off. Plus: The outlook for Pimco outflows is bad and worse, global markets keeping an eye on Hong Kong civil unrest, a warning about fixed indexed annuities, buying ahead of ex-dividend dates, and running the numbers on Roth IRAs
What's next for asset prices as the Fed signals end to QE?
As hockey great Wayne Gretzky would say, play your asset allocation where the Fed is going and that means U.S., European and emerging market equities.
What Scotland's 'no' vote means for markets
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin: What Scotland's 'no' vote might mean for the markets, Alibaba's IPO prices in record territory, the 'dumb money' is getting smarter, and gold continues to slide.
Whether 'yes' or 'no, thanks,' Scotland vote unlikely to trip up hot UK economy
The U.K. economy is ready for battle.With the fastest growth among Group of Seven nations, Britain may have built up enough momentum to weather the possible loss of Scotland in today's referendum, or to keep strengthening if the union survives. The economy has expanded for six straight quarters,
Equity markets poised for day two of Fed's no-news rally
Breakfast with Benjamin: Equity markets are poised for day two of a rally thanks to the Fed's lack of news, plus gold takes a hit, and how independence could affect Scottish stocks.
Markets wait on the Fed's next move
Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors are waiting for Janet Yellen and the Fed to pull the trigger on rates. Plus: Buying Alibaba via ETFs; S&P and Nasdaq stocks start to separate; hedge funds ride the wave; and annuity product sales hitting double digits.
Advisers and investors take new military action in stride
Day after Obama authorizes new round of air strikes in the Middle East, oil drops. What gives?
Where are the flows?
Breakfast with Benjamin: The stock market rally has not led to equity fund flows. What gives? Plus: Apple's big week; Hertz CEO resigns and the stock rallies; GE sells its appliance unit and the impact of Scotland's independence push.