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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.
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
Multialternative mutual funds gain in popularity
As the stock market continues its push to new record levels, multialternative mutual funds have been enticing investors and advisers with the chance to hedge some of the mounting risk.The broad category, represented by 120 mutual funds, almost a third of which have been launched in the past 18
Schorsch's RCS Capital moves into crowdfunding
With acquisition of Trupoly portal, RCS will run the 'We R Crowdfunding' investment platform.
Thompson's former nontraded REIT drops nearly 30%
Investors in a nontraded REIT launched by Tony Thompson, the one-time noted real estate sponsor, were told last week that the net asset value of the REIT had eroded by nearly 30%.
Junk-bond investors are jumping ship
Breakfast with Benjamin: What's up with junk bond investors? Plus: Four sorry years of Dodd-Frank, ignore the Fed's warnings at your own risk, mathematical excuses for sluggish wage growth, and it's not too late for a mid-year portfolio checkup.
Liquidity events heating up REIT market this summer
Liquidity events of nontraded real estate investment trusts are heating up during the dog days of summer. This month already has seen one liquidity event — meaning a merger or a listing on an exchange; while a significant nontraded health care REIT is reportedly in talks to be acquired.July has
Finra asks for delay in implementing rule affecting nontraded REIT customer statements
Changes would not take effect until 18 months after SEC signs off, three times longer than originally proposed.
MainStay jumps into MLP space with mutual funds
A mutual fund wrap provides easier access to MLPs but mutes their tax advantages.
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
No inflation in energy prices – yet
While there is no inflation in energy prices just yet, consumers could cope with higher energy prices as long as they occur over time and don't hit in the form of a shock. But the tipping point is not too far away.
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
Volatility looks cheap and risky
Breakfast with Benjamin: Barclays: Following in the footsteps of Sallie Krawcheck. Plus: The volatility play: Cheap but risky, bond managers brace for higher rates, dancing around the issue of student loan debt, and a potato salad venture whets the tax man's appetite.
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.
Investors bracing for a wild second half of 2014
Breakfast with Benjamin: Buckling up for a rocky second half. Plus: Companies tweak bylaws to tamp down shareholder lawsuits, Morningstar settles software piracy case, JPMorgan embraces smart-beta investing, and buying beer stocks when it's hot outside.
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