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    Why U.S. investors are buying foreign stocks

    Many Americans are making smart moves with their investment portfolios by favoring foreign stocks over domestic ones. But it's not because they've suddenly become savvy.

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    Giddy markets continue to look blissfully past mounting geopolitical unrest

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Looking past all the geopolitical risk. Plus: U.S. investors finally start diversifying overseas, what's not to like about a marijuana ETF, how the Millennial generation slept through the bull market run, and a tribute to a fund industry critic.

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    Global consumer confidence soars

    Plus: Credit Suisse exits the commodities trading business, Allianz stands by Bill Gross, silver has a golden summer run, three taxes we can all dislike together, and don't let tourist scams rain on your vacation

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    Global markets feeling pressure from increased geopolitical risks

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, global markets feel the pressure of an uptick in geopolitical risk, as oil prices move higher. Plus notes on where to go when volatility rises, and more.

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    No stock shock as central bank holdings keep ballooning

    Combined balance sheets of U.S., Japan and euro area likely to swell another 20%.

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    Obama pushes tighter border rules for U.S. companies trying to exit for tax purposes

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, Pres. Obama pushes for tighter border rules for U.S. companies trying to exit for tax purposes, asset managers unprepared for a bear market, and more.

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    Markets climb in stride with pessimism

    Plus: Janet Yellen's dovish optimism, Ernst & Young's $4 million lobbying settlement, how Citigroup agreed on that $7 billion figure, and QE has had almost no impact on unemployment

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    Markets brace for the Fed's big talk about normalization

    Plus: Individual investors zig as professionals zag, hedging the U.S. market by going global, Citigroup in the spotlight, and futbol mania

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    Carl Icahn advises caution in the equity markets

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Carl Icahn warns that stocks are on risky ground. Plus: Interest rates and volatility are raising red flags, one man's take on the Fed-fueled bubble, the SEC is watching for political-donation conflicts, gold gets no respect, and institutional money is chasing solar energy

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    The financial fallout from Germany's World Cup rout of Brazil

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Germany's World Cup rout goes beyond soccer. Plus: The SEC takes another stab at curbing high-speed trading, investment lessons from a crumbling cupcake chain, and dividend stocks are looking better than ever.

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    Some advisers using ill-suited benchmarks to measure alts performance

    Morningstar survey shows a quarter of advisers look to standard index benchmarks to evaluate 'liquid alts.'

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    Dollar rides high on hope into earnings season

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The dollar is enjoying a big rally right into earnings season. Plus: Goldman moves up its rate hike forecast, putting GDP in perspective, El-Erian reads Yellen's mind, and proven old-school investing techniques.

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    What the stock market's first half tells us about the second

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin by Mason Braswell What, if anything, the stock market's first half tells us about the second. Slicing and dicing the numbers. Big deal: M&A activity reached a seven-year record high thanks to some blockbuster deals, including AT&T's $48.5 billion offer for DirecTV,

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    Muni bond funds face ongoing Puerto Rican woes

    Muni bond funds face ongoing Puerto Rican woes as Franklin Templeton and OppenheimerFunds challenge legality of Puerto Rican debt law

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    European equities have room to climb as global stocks continue to recover

    Around the world, long-term returns are still below historical averages and valuations remain reasonable.