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MB Financial acquires Taylor Capital
International Venture Capitol Post
MB Financial Inc. and Taylor Capital Group Inc. announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement where MB Financial acquires Taylor Capital. Taylor Capital is the holding company of Cole Taylor Bank, which is a commercial bank headquartered in Chicago. Cole Taylor Bank holds $5.9 billion in assets, $3.3 billion in loans and $3.7 billion in deposits as of the end of June.
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Ned Davis — 'increased to must see'
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Ned Davis will be the next guest for our Distinguished Speaker Series. Davis, a Senior Investment Strategist, founded Ned Davis Research Group, in 1980, and has been professionally involved in the stock market for more than 40 years. While arguing that forecasting reliably ("Being Right") is impossibly difficult, he espouses a philosophy that he feels can consistently win ("Make Money") through a disciplined strategy of following the weight of objective indicator evidence.
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Prescription for procrastination
By Michael J. Berens
Everyone has parts of their job they don't like, and it's only human nature that we tend to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to modulate your work schedule so that you parcel out the tasks you don't like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up throughout your work day or week. The idea is to suck it up and do the things you don't like as quickly as possible and then move on to something more challenging, engaging or, dare I say, fun. Most disciplined workers respond well to this approach, but what do you do with the employee who consistently neglects part of their duties?
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Underdogs and entrepreneurs: Does adversity create great leaders?
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Lauren Foster writes: "Lately I've been thinking about growing up in South Africa and what this meant for my generation, many of whom emigrated. It started when I learned that Elon Musk, cofounder of Tesla Motors (TSLA) and PayPal (sold to EBAY), is South African. (So is Roelof Botha, who led PayPal through its IPO in 2002 as a 28-year-old CFO and is now a partner at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.)"
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MarksJarvis: A return to basics for investors
Chicago Tribune
In the first test of corporate profits since the Federal Reserve hinted it's preparing to start removing the training wheels from the economy, investors are expected to be keenly tuned to corporate earnings outlooks.
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Interview with Distinguished Speaker Series guest Ned Davis of NDR
The Big Picture
If you are a regular main street investor, you may never heard of Ned Davis. If you are a market technician, however, you certainly have — Ned Davis may be the single most highly respected technical analyst working today.

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CME Group June trading volume jumps on Fed policy bets
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
CME Group Inc. futures trading volume jumped in June, driven by a high surge in trading of interest-rate contracts as the Federal Reserve suggested an end to massive stimulus might be close.

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'Bernanke Put' is back in play
The Wall Street Journal
The so-called "Bernanke Put" is back in play. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 3 percent recently, marking the best week since the first week of the year, as investors took faith in Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's commitment to the bank's easy money policies that have helped bolster the economy for years.
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US stocks fluctuate as retail sales offset Citigroup
Bloomberg
U.S. stocks fluctuated between gains and losses as a disappointing report on retail sales offset better-than-estimated manufacturing data and a rally in Citigroup Inc.
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Citigroup profit jumps, helped by home prices
Chicago Tribune
Citigroup Inc. reported a stronger-than-expected 26 percent rise in adjusted quarterly profit as stronger home prices reduced losses on mortgages and bond trading revenue jumped.
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Ex-McDonald's CEO named to HP board
Associated Press via Crain's Chicago Business
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board added ex-McDonald's Corp. CEO Jim Skinner who, along with other recent hires, will focus on turning around the hardware company as they overhaul products and venture into new business models.
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Lesson learned — price cannot deviate from itself
Seeking Alpha
David Moenning writes: "One of my absolute favorite rules about the stock market is that 'price cannot deviate from itself.' Ned Davis taught me this back in the early 1990's and I've never forgotten it."
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