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We’ve been keeping track of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and here’s our take on the headlines that have been occupying our eyes this past week:

A good way to shuffle in last weekend – stocks on Wall Street increased after an Oct. 14 report showing U.S. retail spending increased in September at the fastest rate in months. That good news also translated into positive outlooks for the European markets with analysts stating that fears of a debt crisis are waning, settling markets that have been volatile since August. #OccupyWallStreet continued buzzing especially as the protests reached their one-month anniversary. Despite some mediation in the U.S. last week at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the movement has spread overseas with protestors in Tokyo and Sydney joining London and taking to the streets. While the global economy remains in question, there’s no doubt the markets have behaved in a Jekyll-and-Hyde fashion. As a result, investors are turning to alternative investments, like hedge funds, offset the uncertainties of a volatile stock market. This past week, hedge funds posted more than 3 percent for the fourth time in 2011. For investors who are braving the stock market, some financial experts recommend keeping historical perspectives, reducing margins for errors, average costs and reconsidering risk and reward consumption. In Forex news, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission released August 2011 financial data showing total U.S. Forex deposits were up $19 million.

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