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    1. Your future financial adviser could be a robot

      Your future financial adviser could be a robot

      President Donald Trump has vowed to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. through new policies and regulatory reform. But this effort faces a strong headwind: In all walks of life, human employment is being challenged. Many manufacturing jobs have been replaced by robots. Meanwhile, drivers are on their way to being displaced by driverless cars, tax professionals by software, and much more.

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    2. Defining ‘diligence’ is the hardest part of the new fiduciary rule

      Defining ‘diligence’ is the hardest part of the new fiduciary rule

      An open letter to the Department of Labor: We applaud the Department of Labor for raising awareness of the importance of fiduciary standards. No matter the legalities, the new fiduciary rule is here to stay . Few would argue against the idea that all advisers should act in their clients’ best interests. Investors are better served, and the investing business has more integrity, when the fiduciary level of service is applied. Investors want advice that is aligned with their best interests.

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    3. The Fed is chasing Donald Trump’s tail

      The Fed is chasing Donald Trump’s tail

      Finally, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates again. Except… haven’t rates already risen? Since the beginning of November, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, +1.08% has climbed 180 basis points to 2.5%. The spike began at the same time as Donald Trump’s election. As we’ve argued in the past, the Fed is irrelevant . The market has already driven interest rates up in response to Trump’s election and a more positive economic outlook.

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    4. No matter what Trump decides on the fiduciary rule, the standard will only gain strength

      No matter what Trump decides on the fiduciary rule, the standard will only gain strength

      Many expect President-elect Donald Trump will undo the regulations that would hold all brokers and advisers to a fiduciary standard, requiring them to act in the best interests of clients. We think investors’ expectations for the fiduciary standard are here to stay no matter what the official rules say — and those investors will increasingly demand their advisers apply to their non-retirement accounts too.

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    5. IBM revenue edges lower

      IBM revenue edges lower

      Overall revenue at International Business Machines Corp. edged lower, falling for the 18th consecutive quarter, even as the company saw some growth in newer businesses such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence. The Armonk, N.Y., company reported third-quarter earnings Monday, saying that revenue for the quarter was $19.23 billion, down 0.3%, as the company has attempted to transition into new lines of business as its core products have become increasingly pressured by the move to computing services delivered over the internet. Big Blue said third-quarter earnings fell 3.2% amid weakness in its systems segment, which includes ...

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    6. This is the earnings metric stock-market investors should focus on

      This is the earnings metric stock-market investors should focus on

      Analysts love to talk about “earnings.” If earnings beat expectations, they say it’s a reason for the stock to go up. If earnings are lower than expected, the stock should go down. The price-to-earnings ratio is the most common valuation metric in the financial media. You might think, given their prominence and the fact that the Financial Accounting Standards Board governs their calculation, that “earnings” reflect a company’s profits.

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    7. 3 ways Apple needs to improve Siri

      3 ways Apple needs to improve Siri

      The question I’ve been asked most frequently by reporters in the last couple of weeks is whether Apple’s Siri personal assistant is behind its competitors, and whether it can catch up. The answer is more complicated than just yes or no, and having some context for next week’s Apple’s Developer Conference is important for properly evaluating the announcements. First, many comparisons at the moment are of apples and oranges (no pun intended).

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    8. Google follows Facebook into chatbots

      Google follows Facebook into chatbots

      Published: May 18, 2016 5:39 p.m. ET Share Google’s new home assistant and messenger service will be powered by AI Getty Images Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 on Wednesday in Mountain View, California. By Jennifer Booton Reporter Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +0.22% announced two products directly out of Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s playbooks on Wednesday, as the rivalry between the three Internet giants continues to intensify.

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    9. LinkedIn buys Newsle, which tracks users' media mentions

      SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- LinkedIn Corp. has acquired Newsle Inc., a startup that helps users keep track of friends and contacts mentioned in the news, the social network said Monday. Newsle uses "natural language processing and machine learning" to keep track of blogs and articles online "that mention you or anyone you care about ... and notifies you seconds after they've published ...

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