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    Vanguard warns advisers on stock risk in client portfolios

    According to the fund giant, investors are taking on portfolio risk not seen since 1999 or 2007, and advisers need to adjust client expectations for low-return markets.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Looking for investment value across the globe

    Europe is a focus while selective emerging markets show promise, Templeton Global Equity strategists say.

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    Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others

    Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios.While it might be disheartening to see something

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Alibaba eligible for MSCI equity indexes as Russia snubbed

    MSCI will allow some companies with overseas stock-market listings in its equity indexes, opening the door to China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. while excluding Russian firms amid economic sanctions.

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    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

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    U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokers cracking under Swiss shock

    Losses mount from the Swiss currency shock as the largest U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokerage said client debts threatened its compliance with capital rules.

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    How currency hedging saved portfolios in 2014

    Financial advisers who found ways to mute the effect of the surging U.S. dollar on clients' foreign investments weathered the last year well. Those who didn't suffered.

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    Gundlach says 'sinister side' of cheap oil will dampen economic growth, markets

    What the U.S. energy boom has given, the U.S. energy boom is about to take away if oil prices stay at or below current levels, according to DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach.