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Like their private equity brethren, DealBook reports that venture capitalist are fundraising at rates not seen in five years.

On the flipside, Rebecca Buckman in the Wall Street Journal reports on how venture capitalists are dealing with difficulties in bringing technology start-ups to the IPO stage.

Barry Ritholtz has a NASDAQ-focused technical round up.

We are consistently surprised when we see day-of-week effects like these at TraderFeed.

Ticker Sense looks at the pronounced effect earnings season has on volatility.

Mark Hulbert at on what effect geopolitical risk has on the stock market.

CXO Advisory Group examines the downward trend in market-wide P/E ratios.

Tom Lydon at ETF Trends on another way to obtain oil exposure.

Speaking of oil, Chad Brand at the Peridot Capitalist looks at the divergence between oil prices and oil stocks.

James Picerno at the Capital Spectator on the challenges that oil prices have on Fed policy.

Wired looks at the “skyrocketing” cost of extracting oil via Canadian oil sands.

Chet Currier at on whether investors are chasing “hot” money market returns. Random Roger also weighs in on the cash question.

Roger Nusbaum at looks the prospects for a “me-too” dividend ETF.

Eddy Elfenbein at Crossing Wall Street has a comprehensive look at the new Yahoo! Finance.

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