Is Obama already a lame duck?

Democrats are increasingly separating themselves from President Barack Obama, and the damage from the debacle of the health care plan rollout has negated all injury done to the Republicans because of the government shutdown, a political strategist said Sunday at the opening of the Schwab Impact Conference.

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The ultimate Obamacare investment play?

It just may be the ultimate play on Obamacare.

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GOP rep wants to kill the ‘death tax’

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is putting brokers on notice that when it comes to complicated investment products extra care is needed.

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Jumping on Salesforce bandwagon

Advisor Group has worked closely with Salesforce to integrate the customer relationship management software with its own systems, primarily its Vision2020 accounting platform.

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Investment pros see Romney’s tax break as welfare for the Mitt

Most international investors say a tax break allowing private equity and hedge-fund executives to pay lower tax rates than many average Americans isn’t warranted, according to a Bloomberg survey.

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ETF hit home? Investment advisers piling into exchange-traded funds

Money overseen by U.S. investment managers who buy exchange-traded funds instead of individual stocks and bonds rose by 43 percent in the last year, even faster than the growth for ETFs, according to a report from Morningstar Inc.

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Investors plowing money into farmland — but could come a-cropper

John Harder, a 65-year-old farmer with 7,500 acres in Iowa, said he’s taking out new loans almost every month as profits surge and land prices reach records.

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Supreme Court smacks down B-D’s suit against Finra

The firm, Standard Investment Chartered Inc., sued the NASD over its merger with the regulatory unit of the New York Stock Exchange, claiming the proxy used by the NASD in soliciting member approval for the merger was fraudulent.

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All eyes on Pimco’s ETF clone

Pimco, whose Total Return Fund is the biggest Kahuna in the mutual fund world, expects to make just as big a splash with the ETF version of the fund.

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Historic dividend yields have this fund manager singing equities’ praises

Dividend yields represent the current sweet spot in the financial markets, according to Scott Schermerhorn, chief investment officer at Granite Investment Advisors, which manages $500 million mostly in separate accounts.

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