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June 28, 2016
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How the Big-Bank Bailout Helped Investors Save Billions on “Crash Insurance”

Confident that help was pending, financial-sector investors had less incentive to buy protective options.

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August 3, 2016
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Why Are U.S. Bonds Such a Secure Investment, Despite the Country’s Growing Debt?

When investors believe an asset is safe, their “flight to quality” helps make it so.
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