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    Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

    As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look pretty solid.And China's second interest rate cut in

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    When is a good time to convert to a Roth IRA?

    Breakfast with Benjamin: When it's OK to convert to a Roth IRA. Plus: Two emerge as Buffett successors; recognizing seasoned financial veterans, and Asian stocks get a boost from Chinese bankers.

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    Socially conscious funds ranked by one-year total return

    Values-based investing won new attention this quarter when BlackRock Inc. announced plans to launch BlackRock Impact, a unit catering to investors' social, environmental or religious goals. But the largest money manager is just one of many companies offering funds based on more than performance.

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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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    Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

    Investors continue to see domestic stocks as the best thing going: Legg Mason survey.

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    Warren Buffett's financial results start to raise red flags

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Warren Buffett rejects analysts' criticism of Berkshire Hathaway's financials. Plus: Family Dollar's lesson in luck, small-cap stocks at odds with jobs data, and Alan Greenspan on Greece exiting the euro.

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    Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

    Breakfast with Benjamin Despite beating 94% of its peers since Bill Gross left the company, Pimco's Total Return Fund still dropped $11.6 billion in January. Plus: Crude oil drives the markets, unbelievable unemployment data, and finding some investments buried beneath the winter snow.

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    The best- and worst-performing target date funds

    The latest data on target date funds through the fourth quarter of 2014, including a look at how J.P. Morgan has thrived in the space.

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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