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    If markets yawn at their release, why keep the forecasts secret for five years? What if a tree fell in the woods, no one heard it, and the only people who cared were those in the tree-felling business? No, it's not a trick question.

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    The Shanghai Composite fell 8.5% on Monday, dragging the S&P 500 lower by 0.6%. The U.S. index is now down almost 3% over the past week and has investors thinking about a possible larger-scale correction. It hasn't been pretty as the S&P 500 has declined for five straight days, Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show.

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    Though Greece has dominated the news recently, its overall market impact has been surprisingly muted. Instead, the real market mover and shaker for the last couple of months has been China. By now, many are familiar with the facts and numbers of the Shanghai market situation.

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    The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meeting and earnings from a number of companies highlight Tuesday for investors. The Fed holds its two-day meeting starting Tuesday, and economists expect the central bank to begin raising interest rates in September.

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    Just because gold is the ultimate heart-over-head investment, doesn't mean investors in mining companies should base their actions on emotion. Gold is worth something. Last week's earnings announcement from Newmont Mining (NEM), the world's second-largest gold producer, would normally have inspired respect more than fear. A report last week from Goldman Sachs (GS) explained the dilemma.

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    Japan opening up to more international influences. A lot of the commentary on the announced takeover of Britain's Financial Times newspaper by Japan's Nikkei media company has focused on issues of editorial control and style. However we need to look at the GBP844 million acquisition from a wider perspective.

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    To study the evolution of currency for his book Coined, Kabir Sehgal followed Charles Darwin's lead and headed down to the Galapagos Islands. "While I was in the Galapagos I studied different ecosystems and, sure enough, all the organisms I found there and even here in New York, they all use exchange, meaning energy," said Sehgal.

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    Pharmaceutical giant Mylan  was the worst-performing stock in the S&P 500 on Monday, falling about 14.5% after Israeli company Teva Pharmaceuticals   withdrew its offer to acquire Canonsburg, Pa.-based Mylan, a deal previously announced back in April. Shares of Mylan, which closed at $56.37, have fallen about 26% since their high back on April 24.

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    The recent lack of movement in Treasury yields has caused municipal bond fund prices to stagnate. "You have a little bit of income, a little bit of price depreciation in the marketplace," said Fitterer.  The Wells Fargo Advantage Municipal Bond fund, which has a trailing twelve month yield of 2.7%, is up 6 basis points so far in 2015, according to fund-tracker Morningstar.

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    Euphoria built around the new iPhone's sales and the Apple Watch did little to bolster Apple's (AAPL) share price after third-quarter results sent the stock down high single digits. The decline in Apple's (AAPL) share price in after-hours trading despite was driven by the euphoria built around the new iPhone sales and an expected push from Apple Watch.

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    Opinion: Square founder less likely to remain in charge of Twitter. When Twitter Inc. (TWTR) reports its second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, interim chief executive Jack Dorsey will be in an awkward spot. As he talks to investors about Twitter's potentially underwhelming results, they may wonder if he is fully focused on the social media pioneer.

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    Stagnant wages has been a key early issue in the race for the presidency. Productivity must improve for real wages to rise, and economic productivity has not risen in the current economic recovery. Ip writes, "It is true that since 1973, real wages have grown more slowly than productivity.

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    Yes, stocks in China posted their largest daily drop in eight years on Monday. Scott Wren, senior global markets strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, said it's a mistake to just hold China stocks by themselves, given their volatility.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch. Gold futures rebounded on Monday from their lowest level in more than five years, finding support from weakness in the U.S. dollar to settle near $1,100 an ounce, but analysts said prices haven't likely hit bottom just yet. The yellow metal was benefiting from haven demand as stocks mostly retreated world-wide, led by a major selloff in Chinese equities, but technical analysts attributed Monday's rebound in gold to technical factors.