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    * FTSEurofirst flat on week but down some 10 pct in month. * Greek shares rise, poll sees Syriza winning election. * Ct Suisse sees ESTOXX ending 2015 at 3,600 points. * Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. * Asset performance in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/gap87v. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    Even Trump has underperformed the market since the 1970 s. Early this week, we listened grimly as technical analysts blathered on about China and the stock market collapse. By midweek, investors were buffeted with advice and commentary from just about the only group that knows less-- politicians.

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    China's stock market is going to head lower again. What happens to China's stock markets is now obviously a global concern. The Chinese government has made it very clear that it has no intention of standing idly by as the country's equity markets continue to slide.

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    - U.S. funds cut recommended equity allocations in August and increased exposure to debt, a Reuters poll found, largely maintaining a broad trend since the start of the year as stocks underperform and government bonds remain in demand. Fund managers also cut cash allocations for a fourth consecutive month to under 4 percent of the global model portfolio to try and eke out some returns.

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    Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens. This isn't your typical lazy summer Friday. Good luck to the traders with the huevos to hold long positions over the weekend.

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    On Aug. 24, 2015 the Dow dropped 1,000 points within 10 minutes. Gone are the days when a typical 60/40 equities/bond investment plan is a sufficient, and safe, way to prepare for your financial future. Alternative investments can reduce overall portfolio volatility. Despite what you may have heard, all investors can access these investments.

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    China now controls most of the world's crucial rare earth elements. For all its recent advances, China today remains in the hands of a brutal and undemocratic dictatorship with little regard for anyone who stands in its way. The Beijing regime menaces Taiwan and overshadows neighbors.

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    When China -- the planet's second-largest economy -- takes a dive, it understandably unnerves investors globally. It's the most cash-rich, with the biggest hoard of foreign exchange reserves in the world and low levels of debt compared to other G20 countries. However, you must put in perspective that the People's Republic makes up only about 17% of global gross domestic product.

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    The way to trade the housing market is to use the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB), which has 40 components. These homebuilders are also components of the PHLX Housing Index, which is considered the benchmark for the housing market. Our nation's community banks are in business to fund homebuilders and community developers by providing construction and development loans.

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    Renowned Belgian brewer makes a rare purchase. There was a lot more going on at the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Ore., than we gave it credit for. In April, we discussed how bankers, private-equity firms and larger brewers were all milling about the conference, checking out the newest of the country's more than 3,700 breweries and sizing up the more successful veterans.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 300 points Thursday going into the late after when it seemed to lose steam, just like Tuesday. However, things turned out different. It may be hard to believe, but the index is actually positive on the week now, he said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show.

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    Shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which sells mobile Internet services in China, soared by 38.6% on Thursday, closing at $4.20 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, headquartered in Beijing, provides mobile security and cloud services. On Wednesday the company announced a 25% increase in quarterly net revenue for the period ending June 30, compared with the same three months of 2014.

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    Important economic data measuring the financial health consumers will be released Friday. At 8:30 a.m. ET comes Personal Income and Outlays numbers. Also expected is Consumer Sentiment Survey results at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Federal Reserve's annual Jackson Hole, Wy., Symposium, which began Thursday, continues.

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    Speculating about the timing of the next Federal Reserve interest rate hike is always a popular past time, but it's likely to reach a fever pitch over the next few days. After a week of dizzying market swings on Wall Street, some are wondering whether the markets are just to jumpy to handle a rate increase.

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      When Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans a decade ago, the city's levees were unable to hold back water from Lake Pontchartrain, resulting in massive flooding. Now, 10 years and $18 billion later, levees have been rebuilt and new pumping stations are under construction. "We'll be able to pump an Olympic size swimming pool full in five seconds.