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  Index • The United States • China • Emerging Markets • Japan • The United Kingdom • The Eurozone • Europe • Global Developments • Commodities • Energy • Equities • Credit • Food for Thought The United States 1. Once again let’s start with the US where the latest inflation data remains benign.

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On Thursday, the SEC levied fraud charges against Patrick Carter, his company 808 Renewable Energy Corp, three other individuals, and three other firms for defrauding investors in Carter’s California-based renewable energy company. 808 Renewable was formed in 2009, with a mission to manage combined heat and power renewable energy projects, and with “the goal to help America focus on renewable and green energy solutions in order to reduce dependance on foreign oil,” reads the SEC’s filing. Renewable energy production is a noble goal, which makes allegations that Carter and the case’s defendants raised over $30 million in fraudulent and unregistered offerings from 2009 through 2014 even more of a shame

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It’s been years since investors have been able to get excited about the term ‘yield’ when referencing their investment portfolio. Too many individuals have been hanging onto cash while searching fruitlessly for somewhere other than equities to put their money to work. Advisors haven’t been much help in this effort either, often acknowledging that, unless and until something interesting presents itself, sidelining a pile of cash might not be the worst plan in prudent money management

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