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Consumers left in the loan lurch as big banks still hold off
Friday's menu: Consumers still left in the loan lurch. Plus: Which manager just jumped into the liquid alts pool? Some stocks for a rising-rate cycle; commodities are hot again; European banks ride the wave; and Merrill trims its housing outlook.
Investors warming up to equities a little late in the game
After watching the stock market climb from peak to peak last year, investors are finally starting to warm up to equities. More than 85% of investors are feeling optimistic about the investment landscape, and 74% think stocks have the greatest potential of any major asset class, according to a
Investors turn focus to first-quarter earnings
Breakfast with Benjamin: All eyes are on earnings. Plus: The SEC discovers high-frequency trading, momentum takes out passive investors, AAA credit ratings becoming extinct, new love for emerging markets, six solid stocks to watch this week, overwhelmed at the IRS, and Switzerland votes for the ...
Strong inflows reverse emerging-markets exodus
Profit from developed-nation positions is finding its way across global economy.
After outflows, Wisdom Tree doubles down on Japan
ETF firm launches five funds to offer pure-play exposure to Japanese companies.
Markets are bracing for a rough start to the week
Breakfast with Benjamin: Why investors are bracing for a rough start to the week. Plus: The SEC hones in on hedge funds, rethinking stock buyback programs, trading stocks on your phone, and using your phone to break bad habits
When the White House starts giving investment advice, we're all in trouble
When the White House starts dishing out advice about investing in the global equity markets, apparently short-sellers don't listen. And why should they? On March 18, press secretary Jay Carney said that the only investments worth making in Russian equities are wagers that the market will
When BRICs go bust, investors head toward frontier markets
Friday's menu: Where investors go when BRICs crack. Plus: How advisers can — and should — deal with male and female clients, mounting sanctions drive Russia toward China for economic help, investor class-action lawsuits spike, and saving money on travel.
Obama administration's call for boycotting Russian stocks falls flat
Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors not taking President Obama's advice. Plus: Fed warns there's always time to worry about bubbles, Morgan Stanley doubles down on biotech, the cloud computing frenzy marches on, activist investor challenges Coke management perks, and index investing to cut the tax
Russia and the energy-stock short-sale question
Breakfast with Benjamin: Is it time to short energy stocks, given the Russian rabble rousing? Plus: Gold's reaction to Fed chief Yellen, Candy Crush IPO's dizzy math, how to retire with $1M, and at tax time, age counts (the younger, the better).
Gold rally draws critics along with fans, but it's still a rally
Friday's menu: Both sides of the gold rally. Plus: Who won at last night's Lipper Awards; Yellen gets credit for driving the dollar higher; nearly all big banks pass stress tests; Russian sanctions taking hold; and when to use home equity to buy stocks.
What are the economic consequences of the next Cold War?
Breakfast with Benjamin: How the Russia situation could hit the economy. Plus: JPMorgan abandons its commodities business, Morningstar's deep dive into the Pimco mess, expect the expected from Yellen today, retirees give Boomers the playbook, and, big surprise, short-sellers badmouth stocks.
Finra freezes new arbitration cases in Puerto Rico
Finra freezes new arbitration cases in Puerto Rico as a flood of claims sends the regulator scrambling to find more arbitrators. Bruce Kelly has the story.
Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike
Breakfast with Benjamin: Stocks holding steady after spike. Plus, Global markets shrug off Obama's meager sanction efforts, Yellen tries to have it both ways with rates, the Senate's housing market destruction plan, and 1,000 years of European border shifts.
ICI pushes back on too-big-to-fail label for big fund firms
Breakfast with Benjamin: ICI resists 'Too Big to Fail' label for fund firms plus Crimea chooses Mother Russia and what that means for the markets. And guess what, the Fed is out of ammo, Pimco spins the Mohamed El-Erian departure while Mr. El-Erian opens a Twitter account.
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February 27, 2014