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The Fed should raise rates, but it won't
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed should raise rates but... Plus: Financial advisers turn to options investing; the French government calls it quits; the SEC goes after asset-backed bonds; another Obamacare surprise; and what is really the most important meal of the day
Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon
For Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon. Plus: A market fueled by bad news; B of A's big mortgage settlement' Countrywide exec finally heads to court; and how companies miss the mark with stock options.
Time is ripe for unconstrained bond funds
Advisers warned to do their homework, however, as funds can be complicated.
Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles
Breakfast with Benjamin:Oil spikes as Iraq's stability crumbles. Plus: Hedge funds bristle at Obama's latest executive order, the significance of the Dow at 17,000, how active managers are helping index investors, and quantitative analysis is being applied to golf scores.
How to find the best nontraditional bond fund
In this Take Five interview, Raman Srivastava, manager of the Dreyfus Opportunistic Fixed Income Fund talks about what advisers should look for in an unconstrained, or go-anywhere, bond fund.
Bond market message to Fed: Your 4% rate outlook is too high
The bond market, unparalleled in predicting shifts in the U.S. economy over the decades, has a message: Interest rates aren't going to rise as high as even the Federal Reserve's own forecast.
The incredible shrinking hedge fund fees
Hedge fund fees have been trending downward for six years, but could they vanish completely? And what kind of impact could this have on the industry?
You, too, can play hedge fund manager with new credit swap ETFs
Eight new funds offer chance to wager on the riskiest to safest corporate borrowers.
How to spot the bear market in stocks, from LPL Financial's Kleintop
Breakfast with Benjamin: LPL's Jeffrey Kleintop on how to spot a bear. Plus: Challenges of a bond bull, being a hedgie, Millennials hate stocks, roads into solar panels and Chicago's airport nightmare.
Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike
Breakfast with Benjamin: Stocks holding steady after spike. Plus, Global markets shrug off Obama's meager sanction efforts, Yellen tries to have it both ways with rates, the Senate's housing market destruction plan, and 1,000 years of European border shifts.
Options strategies: A Swiss army knife of possible client solutions
As volatility increases, more investors are using new strategies to soften the potential drag on performance.
Join the crowd and sell stocks?
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Oracle's thoughts on joining the global equities selloff. Plus: Here comes volatility, Berkowitz has words for Fannie, Freddie, hedged ETFs and, of course, Oscar night.
Using derivatives even when they hurt society
Breakfast with Benjamin: Dr. Doom gets even doomier, using derivatives even when they hurt society, more sluggish economic growth, cashing in on video surveillance, and the pros and cons of free airport Wi-Fi.
BlackRock puts the brakes on market-moving analyst sentiment reports
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin features BlackRock's settlement with the N.Y. attorney general. Plus: Stock futures looking up, activist hedge funds rock, a look at 4Q earnings, the myth of cybersecurity, retirement mistakes to avoid and the upside of office relationships.
Beyond black box investing: Fund uses database four times the size of Wikipedia
The BlackRock Global Long/Short Equity Fund is a computer nerd's dream and, with its ability to zig when the rest of the market zags, a potentially valuable addition to a portfolio.