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Science Proves What We Said About the Banksters

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"Business culture in the banking industry is favoring, or at least tolerating, fraudulent or unethical behaviors."

That's what Ernst Fehr told reporters in a telephone interview last week.

Fehr is an economist at the University of Zürich in Switzerland who co-led a study about business behavior.

Fehr's study proves what we've all long known - but it wasn't the only piece of news last week that demonstrates the crookedness of bankers.

Today I'll show you how Wall Street's manipulations are affecting the prices we pay for everything from the cars we drive to our pots and pans.

So you know you want to know more about this...

How We'll Play the 2014 Year-End Rally

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With the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 indices repeatedly making new highs, chances are better than good that markets will rally through year-end.

There are lots of reasons why stocks are headed higher, but one in particular is telling.

It's really a simple one, yet too many people have overlooked it; indeed, most wouldn't even give it enough thought.

And that would be a big mistake.

You see, if you understand that one compelling reason, you can pick some winners, and pocket big profits, yourself...

What It Means for the Stock Market if the GOP Wins the Senate

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With the midterm elections set for tomorrow (Tuesday) most political pundits are predicting that the Republicans will take enough seats in the Senate to regain a majority.

But what will that mean for the stock market today? Has Wall Street already factored in a GOP victory?

In this video Fitz-Gerald explains how the U.S. stock markets will react to the midterm elections - and what happens next...

How to Get a Piece of Wall Street Profits Without the Wall Street Corruption

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There's simply no limit to how far Wall Street will go to make a buck.

It's no wonder. With corporate offenses and "bad behavior" routinely going unpunished, perpetrators have developed a sense of immunity.

But just weeks ago there was an indictment in a case of alleged manipulation of commodities futures.

It's the first ever federal prosecution for "spoofing," a tactic I recently discussed.

While we wait to see if it either sets the tone for a wider crackdown or proves to be little more than a slap on the wrist, we can also take the opportunity to profit.

Here's how we're going to play a non-bank investment against a rigged services industry...

Why Market Volatility Is the New Normal

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Market volatility is back with a vengeance. The triple-digit moves in the Dow Jones Industrial Average we're seeing almost daily are telling us that markets are very nervous.

Investors are jumping out because they don't want to get caught in a correction, and they're jumping back in because they don't want to miss the next leg up. However, things aren't exactly what they seem to be.

Here’s the truth about the new volatility…

The Real Reason Price Fixing Is Coming to an End

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"Price fixing" or "fix" are Wall Street terms used to describe how benchmarks are priced on hundreds of instruments, from the Libor and other foreign currency exchange rates to gold, silver, and swaps.

While the methodologies used to determine fixes are different, in all cases where benchmarks are fixed by panels, the input of the bankers is what results in the output.

But here’s where things get a little… funny.

Here's What the Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes Really Mean (NYSE: GS)

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"The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra" was broadcast on NPR's "This American Life" on Sept. 26. Carmen Segarra, a former Fed examiner in the bowels of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), secretly recorded some of the goings-on there.

And what was revealed in those tapes speaks a lot to who's really running the show there - the Fed or the big banks.

We’re all screwed. Here’s why…

Will Alibaba Buy eBay Once PayPal Is Gone?

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Ebay Inc.’s (Nasdaq: EBAY) plans to spin off its PayPal unit has left many on Wall Street salivating over the potential of the stand-alone payments business.

And some pundits are speculating that Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) might buy PayPal.

But they should be asking this question: Will Alibaba buy eBay?

Here’s why a deal would make sense for both companies…

Here’s why a deal makes sense for both companies…

YHOO Stock Now Has to Wrestle with Taxes Post-Alibaba IPO

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Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock rose 4% today, with Starboard Value LP reportedly buying up a large stake in the company.

The investment management firm’s decision is a positive development for YHOO, which had seen its shares tumble for most of the week on concerns that as it sheds its portfolio of overseas investments, the remaining core business will be valueless.

Here’s one thing YHOO needs to do to reassure shareholders now…

Dow Jones Makes It Clear That Inversion Deals Are Unwanted Trend

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Dow Jones Industrial Average officials just made membership requirements for its elite index even more stringent, prompted by a surge in inversion deals made to avoid the high U.S. corporate tax rate.

The committee overseeing the storied blue-chip benchmark just updated the definition for index inclusion. The classification now states that companies that conduct business in the United States, but are incorporated abroad, are not eligible for admission in the 30-stock index.

The Dow tweaked the language used in its process of accepting components into the coveted index to officially read that member companies must be incorporated and headquartered in the United States. Additionally, the United States must be a company’s largest revenue-generating country.

That means the new eligibility requirements clearly exclude companies that have moved overseas via inversion deals.

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The Washington-Wall Street "Corruption Corridor"

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There's a new twist in an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe.

For months now, the SEC has been investigating whether anyone in the federal government leaked inside information to a Washington-based investment research firm.

While that was pretty juicy already, those investigators are now looking at up to 44 hedge funds that may have traded on that inside information.

If you already thought our public servants were greedy, dirty, and corrupt, well, this helps prove your case.

If, on the other hand, you think our folks in D.C. are pure, altruistic angels, today I'm going to convince you otherwise... Full Story

Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 - the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

Investigation of D.C.-Wall Street Corruption Hits Yet Another Roadblock

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There's a new twist in an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into D.C.-Wall Street corruption.

For months now, the SEC has been investigating whether anyone in the federal government leaked inside information to a Washington-based investment research firm. And now up to 44 hedge funds that may have traded on that inside information are under close scrutiny.

If you thought our public servants were greedy, dirty, and corrupt before, wait until you read this...

You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do

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It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.

No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.

The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.

First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising...

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