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  • Nasdaq OMX  CEO Bob Greifeld says he thinks the steps the SEC has taken since the so-called Flash Crash will prevent another market meltdown from happening.

  • Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.

  • HFT: The Good and the Bad Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 5:02 PM ET

    More than half of all stock trades are the result high-frequency trading. Does that put the system at risk?

  • The Key Players Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    There are nearly 50 trading venues. Customers can interact in all of them--making today's trading so complicated.

  • The ETF Monster Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    Worries about the role ETFs play in changing the nature of how people invest and the market’s high correlation to itself.

  • SEC Accuses New Jersey of Securities Fraud Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 7:46 AM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the action was its first ever against a state, and only its second against any government over the handling of a public pension fund.

  • Facing Pension Woes, Maine Looks to Social Security Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 11:02 AM ET
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    Lawmakers in Maine have found an unusual tool for tackling their state’s pension woes: Social Security. The NYT reports.

  • Diageo Uses Scotch to Plug Gap in Pension Plan Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 10:57 AM ET

    Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whiskey, found an innovative way to plug a gaping deficit in its pension plan: put aside 2 million barrels of maturing whiskey from its distilleries in Scotland. The NYT reports.

  • SkyBridge Completes Acquisition of Citi Hedge Fund Unit Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 1:23 PM ET

    The managing partner of Skybridge Capital wants to 'mutualize' the hedge fund industry because of the lukewarm performance of in the industry.

  • Small Businesses Still Worried About Reform Bill Saturday, 22 May 2010 | 11:44 AM ET

    The potential impact of financial reform on banks is obvious but many small businesses are worried about how it will affect them and their ability to extend credit to customers—or hedge against potential losses.

  • Padded Pensions Add to New York Fiscal Woes Friday, 21 May 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

    Public pension costs are ballooning everywhere, throwing budgets out of whack and raising the question of whether venerable state pension systems are viable. The New York Times reports.

  • Calpers Sticking With Goldman for Now: CIO Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 5:18 PM ET

    A large investor in Goldman Sachs is not ready to abandon the beleagured financial services giant just yet.

  • Hidden Cost to a United Airlines Deal Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 4:39 PM ET

    United Airlines has an obscure liability to the pension benefit guaranty corporation that could get triggered if the company merges with Continental.

  • Calif. Pension Fund to Examine Goldman Practices Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 4:11 AM ET

    The chief investment officer of California's giant pension fund said Monday he is disturbed by the allegations of wrongdoing against investment firm Goldman Sachs.

  • Former Auto Czar Investigated in Pension Probe Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 3:34 PM ET

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo confirmed his office is investigating former Obama administration auto industry advisor Steven Rattner, in a growing probe into illegal kickbacks involving the state pension fund.

  • QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Enron? Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 12:54 PM ET

    How much do you know about one of the biggest business scandals of all time? Take our Enron quiz and find out.

  • Public Pension Funds Are Adding Risk to Raise Returns Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 10:38 AM ET

    States and other bodies of government are seeking higher returns for their pension funds, to make up for ground lost in the last couple of years and to pay all the benefits promised to present and future retirees. Higher returns come with more risk.

  • Financially Speaking, What Type of Boomer Are You? Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 12:00 PM ET

    The people born between 1946 and 1964 have been lumped together as the Baby Boom generation their entire lives, but their values and outlooks differ greatly along that 18-year spectrum.  Researchers have divided them into four categories, according to their financial status and retirement plans.

  • It is tempting and oversimplifying to categorize all Baby Boomers as facing similar challenges. Given that Boomers were born across three decades spanning 18 years, each group faces unique financial challenges that must be addressed in different ways.

  • 2010 should be the year to reform retirement in Washington, said Robert Reynolds, CEO and president of Putnam Investments. He shared his insights with investors.