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No movement in Illinois pension reform
WLS-TV
After a summer of continued credit downgrades and persistent high unemployment, the bi-partisan pensions committee has nothing to show despite nearly three months of work. At an un-related event, a self-described "anxious" Gov. Pat Quinn worried that the Illinois House/Senate conference committee on pension reform was taking so much time.
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Frontier markets faring better than emerging markets
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It may not compare with the “Great Rotation,” but mutual funds that invest in emerging markets have reportedly seen more than $2 billion in outflows so far in 2013, while funds focused on frontier markets, often referred to as “pre-emerging” markets, have seen assets under management swell by more than $1.5 billion in the year to date. What explains this divergence in fortunes?
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Financial planning groups wrestle to define fee-only advisers
Investment News
Financial planning groups will endeavor to mend a rift over how to determine who is a fee-only investment adviser at an upcoming meeting in Chicago. The gathering of the leadership of the Financial Planning Coalition is not being convened specifically to deal with differences over the fee-only definition, but the issue will be on the agenda.
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Chicago's startup challenge: Embrace risk — and don't fear failure
Crain's Chicago Business
The spotlight is shining on Chicago as a hot spot for startups. Even so, questions linger over how well the city stacks up against established rivals such as New York, Boston and the Silicon Valley.
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Developing your personal brand for career success
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Behind the scenes as Midway privatization deal falls apart.
Chicago Sun-Times
It was down-to-the wire time — again — for the mega-deal that didn’t fly the first time around. Aug. 29: yet another in a series of meetings with the two bidding teams still standing on the runway in the high-stakes sweepstakes to lease and operate Midway Airport. Then, a phone call came in that threw City Hall for a loop.
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Hedge funds cut back on fees
The Wall Street Journal
Pressure from disappointed investors is forcing hedge funds to roll back their fees, putting the standard charge of 2 percent of assets under management and 20 percent of investment profits on the endangered list. Until a few years ago, most funds were like upscale New York restaurants: Some succeeded, others failed, but almost none cut prices. This pricing power was a product of the tens of billions of dollars that flowed into the industry after the tech meltdown of 2000, when savvy investments by some hedge funds shielded their investors from the drubbing suffered by holders of broad stock funds.
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CME delays launch of London exchange
Crain's Chicago Business
S. futures market operator, told customers recently its first exchange abroad will not open the week of Sept. 9 as planned. The company postponed the launch of London-based CME Europe Ltd. to Sept. 29, for a trade date of Sept. 30, from Sept. 9, according to a memo to customers. "We are currently working very closely with regulators in order to achieve both recognition and a successful CME Europe launch," CME said in the notice.
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Predictability 101: Nate Silver's 'The Signal and the Noise'
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John Abrahams literally moved across the country because of something that Nate Silver wrote. Silver is the author of The Signal and the Noise, a very readable look at why so many predictions fail, and what distinguishes those that succeed. Political junkies know him as the founder of "fivethirtyeight," a blog that examines electoral forecasts.
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Citadel among bidders for E*Trade unit
Crain's Chicago Business
E*Trade said last month that it was selling its Chicago-based market-making business, G1 Execution Services. The New York-based brokerage said it was taking a $142.4 million impairment charge to close the unit, which it planned to sell within six months.

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No movement in Illinois pension reform
WLS-TV
After a summer of continued credit downgrades and persistent high unemployment, the bi-partisan pensions committee has nothing to show despite nearly three months of work. At an un-related event, a self-described "anxious" Gov. Pat Quinn worried that the Illinois House/Senate conference committee on pension reform was taking so much time.

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Turmoil in emerging markets: Is it 1997 all over again?
CFA Chicago
Growth has begun slowing, interest rates have been rising, capital is fleeing, and in countries such as India and Indonesia, currencies are dropping sharply. All of which raises the question: Is a second Asian Contagion, like the one in 1997, in the offing?

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Bernanke Fed's September taper call closer as job market improves: QE to be cut to $70 billion
Forbes
Despite being the dominant force in the markets today, the Federal Reserve seems to have moved into the background, as markets digested the possibility of a reduction in quantitative easing beginning in September and focused on geopolitics, particularly on military action in Syria.
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Fed can start tapering 'later this year,' says Evans
Reuters
"The U.S. Federal Reserve can begin winding down its bond-buying stimulus later this year as the economy improves, but will likely need to keep official interest rates near zero for another two years," Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said Sept. 6.
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