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World stock markets get nervous as Iraq melts down

Plus: Deutsche Bank shows its hand with World Cup bets, Wall Street fines are a cash cow for the Treasury Dept., navigating Social Security before you retire, and eating at home gets pricy in a hurry

Jun 16, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  • Global equity markets teeter toward a downward run as Iraq continues to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. The Fed's policy meeting later this week might also be a factor. U.S. markets poised to open lower

  • A sobering outlook for Iraq. Absent U.S. involvement, it looks like a long and deadly battle with no real winners. Protracted and bloody stalemate

  • What do Deutsche Bank's World Cup bets say about the big bank's stock-picking style? Riding the favorites

  • Big Wall Street fines equal big payoffs to the Treasury Department. Not sure how that helps regular investors. It's the 'unspecified' parts that should concern folks

  • Navigating Social Security benefits before you retire. Three different types of eligibility

  • Food inflation: The cost of eating at home has spiked to its highest level relative to eating out in almost two years. Some restaurants try to capitalize


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