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Swiss Franc Shocks Markets

On Thursday, the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly announced that it would no longer seek to defend an exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs per euro. The surprise announcement caused the franc to appreciate against the euro in excess of 16% in a single trading day, a sizable move in currency markets.

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The Retirement Tsunami and Investment Suitability

FINRA released its 2015 priorities on Tuesday, which included a focus on the unique issues impacting senior investors for this year. One of our experts provides his thoughts below.

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Markets React to Fed Statement

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke this past Wednesday, outlining the FOMC's monetary outlook after its latest meeting. Much of the outlook is the same as it was at the last Fed meeting in October: labor markets continue to improve, inflation continues to run below the 2% target, and the current policy rate of 0-1/4% will be maintained.

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Vanguard to Advise Smaller Investors

This Monday, Vanguard announced that it would be ramping up its efforts in financial advising in 2015. The mutual fund company best known for pioneering low-cost funds for smaller investors is now attempting to take that model with them into the realm of actually providing financial advice.

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FBI Raids Puerto Rico Agency

In a surprise raid on the offices of the Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority this Wednesday, the FBI arrested Treasurer Silvino Cepeda-Ortiz.

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Another Flash Crash and New Rules

Home Depot became the latest security involved in an algorithm-driven "flash crash" this past Tuesday.

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FINRA IPO Investigation

Several banks, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, are close to reaching a settlement with FINRA related to their IPO processes. Information out today suggests that the settlement amount could reach $50 million across seven banks that have been under investigation.

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SEC Fines Firms for Puerto Rico Sales

On Monday the SEC announced it was fining 13 firms for transactions associated with Puerto Rico debt issued last March.

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Volatility Returns to the Market

Volatility has been on the rise recently, and many pundits have warned that this could be a negative turn of events for equity investors, who have largely enjoyed a bull rally since the bottom of the credit crisis. Here at Bates Research, we decided to investigate whether or not this widely held “truth” holds up.

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PIMCO Total Return Fund

It has been a bad year for PIMCO's Total Return bond fund, normally a stalwart presence in fixed income markets.  After the performance of the fund fell from the top to the bottom quartile of its peers, the fund has faced a steady wave of withdrawals.

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