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    Younger generations going all in with 401(k) contributions

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin features Gen Y and Gen X causing the the pace of 401(k) plan contributions to hit new heights. Plus: The ABCs of a hot REIT market, biotech stocks under the microscope, and something you might have in common with Bill Gates.

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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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    Active managers get a seat at the ETF table

    To the chagrin of some, a fast-growing industry comes to terms with active management.

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    It's getting easier to tell good stocks from bad

    You didn't have to be a genius to make money in equities the last two years. Buy an index fund and let the bull market guide you to a 44% gain.Most money managers who actually pick stocks couldn't match the S&P 500 Index, let alone beat it. Thanks to three weeks of volatility, that's beginning to

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    Vanguard's funds reach new heights

    Vanguard Group surpassed State Street Global Advisors as the second-largest ETF provider, a new milestone following a year that was filled with them.

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    Regulators bare their teeth on excessive fees

    Moves this week by Finra and the SEC signal watchdogs are ready to pounce on anyone overcharging clients.

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    Gross eats his own cooking at Janus, putting more than $700M in his fund

    The former Bond King invested more than $700 million of his own money in his unconstrained bond fund, according to Janus Capital Group CEO Dick Weil. The news sparked a rally in Janus shares.

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    Norm Champ to depart SEC

    Head of the agency's Division of Investment Management will leave before the end of the month

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    MLP funds, once seemingly immune, show signs of frailty as energy prices fall

    Popular category for yield-starved investors posts first quarterly decline in two years.

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    Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

    Today's Breakfast with Benjamin includes gold hitting its highest level since September. Plus: Obama wants to tak 529 plans to fund free community college, emerging-market-debt managers emerge from the wreckage of 2014, and it's time to change some passwords.

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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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    Dimensional Fund Advisors picks advisers, not stocks, and it works

    With its data-driven models, the company, which puts advisers through a rigorous process before allowing them to use its funds, attracted the third-most money in 2014, behind only Vanguard and JPMorgan. Here's how.

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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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    Eaton Vance lands first outside firm to license 'nontransparent' NextShares

    American Beacon signs on to structure that combines aspects of mutual funds and ETFs.

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    BlackRock attracts record flow in 4Q amid ETF demand, Pimco turmoil

    BlackRock Inc. (BLK), the world's largest money manager, attracted a record amount of new money in the fourth quarter, helped by demand for exchange traded funds and turmoil at a rival bond manager Pacific Investment Management Co.Clients added a net $87.8 billion in investor money, more than