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December 3, 2012
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  • Milwaukee officials mull pension-system changes
    Milwaukee's public-employee pension system is considered one of the best in the U.S. in terms of funding, but city officials are looking at ways to reduce their future pension obligations with changes such as raising the retirement age. "It's important that you make decisions not at a crisis point, but when you are healthy and sustainable," Alderman Michael Murphy says. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Housing is starting to look like a good investment
    The U.S. housing market is beginning to make its long-awaited recovery and a whole new generation of investors is looking for ways to make a profit from it, according to The Economist. "As a trade, buying houses is the polar opposite of what made hedge funds rich from 2007; it is a bullish bet which eschews complex financial products," the magazine notes. "It is also far less racy: a 7% yield is hardly the stuff of investment lore, even if greater profits may come." The Economist (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to help clients who are forced to retire early
    About half of retirees say they started retirement unexpectedly as a result of illness or a change their employer made, a study says. Advisers should help clients prepare for the possibility of a forced early retirement, writes Cheryl Krueger, who also recommends resources for advisers with clients already forced into early retirement who need help navigating health insurance changes, severance pay, Social Security and other decisions. National Underwriter Life & Health (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Funds warn investors away from high-yield bonds
    High-yield bonds are so popular among yield-hungry investors that some funds believe they are dangerous. Fund managers T. Rowe Price and Vanguard have started turning down people who want to invest in their high-yield bond funds. The funds said they are running out of bonds worth buying. CNBC/The Associated Press (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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