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    The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

    Simple ways to remove the currency risk are available but advisers need to find — and understand — them.

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    The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

    Breakfast with Benjamin: It's important to understand the scary downside of an extremely strong U.S. dollar.

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    HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

    Breakfast with Benjamin: HSBC thinks the strong dollar is poised to run out of steam, though it might just be wishful thinking.

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    Foreign mutual funds look like a good way to dodge some U.S. market risk

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Foreign mutual funds might be a good hiding spot for investors as U.S. stocks peak in cost.

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    How Warren Buffett's $1 billion prize for a perfect NCAA bracket went bust

    Plus: Learn from the U.S. and invest in Europe, Carly Fiorina chides Hillary Clinton over email excuses, and St. Patrick's Day, American-style

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    Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The bar will keep rising for banks as mixed stress test results come in for some of the world's largest banks.

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    DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

    $44.6 billion DoubleLine Total Return Fund manager says central bank should hold off on raising rates; gives a nod toward gold, India equities and shorting the dollar.

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    Maxing out a 401(k) doesn't mean you can't keep saving for retirement

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Having a maxed-out 401(k) is a good problem to have, but saving for retirement shouldn't end there.

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    Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

    Nontraditional investment could benefit from long-term trends, values-based investing: CIO Bartels.

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    Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

    With Japanification — deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation — in evidence in the bond markets, it's reasonable for investors to question whether Europe is following the path Japan took.

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    Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Earnings signal flashing red, sending some investors to the sidelines, Gross sets a timeline, Bernanke wants the president to have more power, ETF investors hedge currencies and chase corporate bonds, and the first-year numbers behind Colorado's legal weed.

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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.