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Fed minutes show optimism increasing at January meeting

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Members of the Federal Open Market Committee declined to raise interest rates at their January meeting, but were more optimistic about the economy.
SEC issues guidance on corporate cybersecurity disclosure to investors

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The SEC approved an interpretive guidance for public companies on how to prepare disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.
Trump infrastructure plan gets $2 trillion nudge from Australia

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President Donald Trump's pledge to fix America's ailing infrastructure may get an unlikely boost from retirement savers some 10,000 miles away in Australia.
The myth of 'creeping socialism'

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The development of defined contribution plans has eased concerns about large amounts of corporate stock being so close to the government.
Many scratching their heads over White House infrastructure plan

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Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan relies heavily on private investors and state and local governments to pay up to $1.3 trillion.
SEC rejects Chicago Stock Exchange sale to Chinese investors

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The SEC on Thursday rejected the proposed sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group headed by investors based in China.
SEC commissioner calls for curb on dual-class 'forever' shares

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U.S. exchanges should consider barring companies that offer lifetime dual-class shares or requiring them to include sunset provisions.
When Trump's SEC punishes Wall Street, it's often done quietly

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Under President Donald Trump, a top financial regulator isn't embarrassing Wall Street as much as it used to.
401(k) plan sponsors are increasingly hiring fiduciary advisers

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Employers sponsoring a 401(k) plan are increasingly hiring investment advisers who serve as fiduciaries to their retirement plan.
Mnuchin says IRS to ban hedge fund tax dodge on carried interest

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the IRS plans on closing a loophole that hedge fund managers had been trying to exploit to avoid paying higher taxes on carried-interest profits.
Budget proposal seeks hike in multiemployer PBGC premiums

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Multiemployer pension funds would see their PBGC premiums increase over the next decade under a White House budget proposal released Monday.
Trump infrastructure plan offers $200 billion to spur $1.5 trillion

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President Trump's infrastructure plan calls for the federal government to spend $200 billion to spur at least $1.5 trillion in investment.
Jump in U.S. yields may not lure foreign cash, and here's why

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Treasuries are offering the highest yields in four years — and a multiple of those in Japanese and European bond markets.
Fed nominee Marvin Goodfriend cleared for Senate vote

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Marvin Goodfriend's nomination to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors was narrowly approved by the Senate Banking Committee Thursday.
Tax law mostly spurring stock buybacks, Senate Democrats find

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Companies are using savings from lower tax rates to finance corporate stock buybacks, according to a report from Senate Democrats.