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A pedestrian walks past the Federal Reserve building on Constitution Avenue in Washington on March 19, 2019. Leah Millis | Reuters The Federal Reserve pulled out another series of bazookas today, including a flurry of programs to buy more Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities.  But one move that surprised many was the decision to buy corporate
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Call it part of the grand blame game:  Markets are down big, so it must be someone’s fault.  Exchange traded funds.  High-frequency traders.  Short sellers. In Europe, they have already figured out whose fault it is:  Short sellers!  In the past week, several European countries, including Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Greece–have banned short selling
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A pedestrian walks past a stock ticker at a Fidelity Investments office in Boston, Massachusetts. Brian Snyder | Reuters Thanks to record-breaking markets and more retirement savings, there are a record number of 401(k) and IRA millionaires in the United States. Fidelity has released its quarterly analysis of retirement trends, which has become increasingly relevant
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On the surface, the growth story for exchange traded funds continues: The U.S. ETF business ended 2019 with $4.4 trillion in assets under management, a 30% increase from 2018, according to etf.com. The number of ETFs also increased 8%, to 2,302. Thanks to the continuing growth of two hot trends — environmental, social and governance,
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Scammers, fraudsters, insider traders, Ponzi schemers, stock spoofers — the Securities and Exchange Commission has seen it all. I spent a day at SEC headquarters with the regulators Chairman Jay Clayton and the co-directors of the Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin. The highlight was a visit to the Forensics Lab, a copper-lined
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I spent a day at the Security and Exchange Commission’s headquarters with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and the co-directors of the Division of Enforcement, Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin. The highlight was a visit to the Forensics Lab, a copper-lined room where the SEC extracts data from cell phones and computers that are part of
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