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Why You Should Care
About the Volcker Rule

This week, the government took a big first step toward shutting down the Can't Lose Room in the Wall Street Casino. It's now one comment period away from enacting the Volcker Rule, which limits the kinds of risky investments banks can make with money insured by the U.S. taxpayer.

Is Inflation About to Heat Up? Well, It's Complicated

Given an economy gaining steam and a vast expansion in the money supply, it's easy to assume inflation is up next. The causes of inflation, however, are anything but straightforward -- which is something investors need to remember.

Volcker to Resign From Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Paul Volcker, chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board for President Barack Obama, is set to step down from the position next month. As a key adviser to the president, Volcker has advocated for tougher financial regulations and counseled the government on fiscal policy.

Investment Banks Exploit Volcker Rule Loophole

Investment banks are working around new regulations restricting them from putting their own capital into short-term investments: The Wall Street institutions are sidestepping the Volcker Rule by making direct purchases of securities, companies and properties, which are considered longer-term investments.

Report: U.S. taxes overly confusing

There may be no surprise that the federal income tax is confusing but a new report done at President Obama's request is detailing just how confusing...

Meet Muni Bond Champion Jim Lebenthal

As investments, municipal bonds have been traditionally seen as safe, stodgy and boring. None of those terms describe Jim Lebenthal, one of "munis" biggest fans. Now 81, Lebenthal gave up a promising career as a Hollywood correspondent to join the family business of investing in muni bonds.

Economy tanks for celebrities too

The grim economy is hurting even those golden beings we call celebrities, as meeting and convention organizers cut back on speaking fees. Companies...