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Obama unleashes secret economic weapon on Russia

Plus: I talk alternatives with Nuveen's John Nersesian, Dow Jones Index companies are finding various ways to support the Clintons, Warren Buffett is poised to pounce, early 401(k) withdrawals on the rise, and more

May 6, 2014 @ 7:52 am

By Jeff Benjamin

  • Twenty-nine of the 30 Dow Jones companies have supported the Clintons in some way, shape or form. The holdout: UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH). The multiple routes to the Clintons

  • Live from Boston, I talk alternative investments with John Nersesian, chairman of the Investment Management Consultants Association, and managing director at Nuveen Investments. The growing appetite for alternative investments and the proliferation of products

  • To take on Russia, Obama is turning to his secret weapon: The IRS. Tougher than sanctions, but slightly less aggressive than full-scale military action. This is a job for Lois Lerner

  • As jumbo M&A activity builds, Warren Buffett is said to be licking his chops. Big food companies are on the menu. Doing a $50 billion deal without breaking a sweat

  • The uneasy pattern of tapping 401(k) accounts before retirement. The early-withdrawal penalties are not even the biggest problem. Doing the math

  • Investors pour money into exchange-traded notes for reasons that are not yet entirely clear. Approaching this ETF cousin with caution

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