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The Dow is getting dicey at levels reminiscent of 2000, 2007 peaks

Plus: Lawyers get rich on Madoff's mess, Volcker rule cuts prop trading, retirement back-up plans, and rich folks are spending less this holiday season

Dec 10, 2013 @ 7:43 am

By Jeff Benjamin

  • On an inflation-adjusted basis, the Dow is now where it was during the peaks of 2000 and 2007, a detail that is triggering new concerns over how much more stocks can run. A very critical juncture, technically speaking
  • Five years after Bernie Madoff's arrest, it seems those charged with sorting out the mess are raking in big bucks. Lawyers have been paid $820 million and counting
  • The final version of the Volcker rule goes after proprietary trading operations at the big banks. Market-making exemptions remain
  • Those watching the Fed are now saying the taper process will begin in March. Some economists still think tapering could start in December or January
  • Rich folks are spending less money this holiday season, and some think that could be due to the uneven nature of the economic recovery. Smaller bonuses
  • When retirement comes sooner than expected there are a few important strategies to help with managing the assets. Step one: Don't panic
  • As the movie studios time the launch of their best work for the end of the year, there are some movie-industry stocks worth watching. Anchorman 2's unconventional marketing campaign


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