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Non-profits start making painful cuts USA Today / Sue Kirchhoff

Testing their metal The Economist

Quest for consumer dollars gets ugly Cincinnati Enquirer Louisville Kentucky Courier Journal / Cliff Peale

Workplace: Burst of quitting expected - if economy gets better Garnett News via Tucson Citizen / Stephanie Armour

Russia: When $48.3Bln Is Just Not Enough Moscow Times / Alex Fak

Canada: U.S. office vacancy pains hit Canada At 15.1%, worst since 1995 Financial Post / Garry Marr

While not illegal, is it wise? Philadelphia Inquirer / Todd Mason

Cancun Collapse Washington Post

NYSE Chief’s Pay Deal May Be Least Of His Problems NY Post / John Crudele

New efforts surface to raise minimum wage Christian Science Monitor / David Francis

Underlying U.S. Inflation Slows to 37-Year Low Reuters via Washington Post

Bond Traders Aren't Buying Fedspeak Anymore The Street / Aaron Task

Coastal Homeowners Face Isabel, Higher Plywood Prices Bloomberg

Bonds Slip, Little Reaction to Fed News AP via Miami Herald

WI: State job market is poor Green Bay Gazette / Elaine Kauh

U.S. targets China trade barriers Cox News via Wichita Eagle / Scott Shepard

Swedish 'no' vote dulls euro's luster AP via Chicago Sun Times / David McHugh

A setback for global free trade Boston Globe / Robert Gavin

Fed pledges low – not lower – rates Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Fed Leaves Benchmark Rate at 1% to Sustain Economic Expansion Bloomberg

FOMC Meeting Federal Reserve Board

That Alabama Tax Vote Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Westley

Blame Texas for weak job market? CNN / Mark Gongloff

The T-Shirt Kid Obscene Prophets via Safehaven / Rodney Cook

Recriminations fly after failure of WTO talks FT / Edward Alden, Frances Williams, Raymond Colitt and  Tobias Buck

Argentine Bond Offer Threatened by Dart Judgment Bloomberg

Lump-of-Labor Fallacy Gussied Up for a New Era Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Six-month Treasury bills back under 1% AP via Baltimore Sun

MD: Area home sales, prices surge again Baltimore Sun / Trif Alatzas

Ex-chairman calls for NYSE resignations AP via Fort Worth Star Telegram / Meg Richards

Lights out - part 2 Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

Airports look at ways to survive Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Bryon Okada

German Investor Confidence Rises to 14-Month High Bloomberg

John Snow's China Dreams Meet S&P's Reality Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

New deductibles could hit with Isabel USA Today / Christine Dugas

Grasso $48 Mln Giveback Could Have Been $20 Mln Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Hedge Funds Continue To Post Gains Institutional Investor

`Jobless recovery' is permanent; may kill rebound Reuters via Taipei Times

European Holiday Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

Saudi Arabian rich finally recognizing plight of poor Taipei Times / Andrew Hammond

Government Outlines Aid for Manufacturing Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

South America pushes trade alliance to counter U.S.  NY Times via International Herald Tribune

The War and the Economy Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

Union and Chrysler Reach Tentative Pact reg NY Times / Danny Hakim with Micheline Maynard

Grasso's Fate Is in Hands of Undecided reg NY Times / Landon Thomas

World Trade Organization looks for way forward after defeat AP via Minnesota Star Tribune / Traci Carl




Members set to raise own pay The Hill / Alexander Bolton

Will Consumers Drive Third Quarter Earnings? Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Chad Hudson

A Feeble Plan To Save U.S. Manufacturing Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein 

G-7 shouldn't blame woes on China's currency Toronto Star / David Crane

Canada: Mortgage interest relief is bad economics Toronto Star / Ellen Roseman

Trade & Tarrif Travails National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Mere warning of a storm can trigger costs in the millions Baltimore Sun via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jamie Smith Hopkins

Statement by NYSE on Grasso Newsday

Fed stance encourages US Treasury buyers FT / Jenny Wiggins, Paivi Munter and Barney Joseph

U.S. Home Loan Banks vie with Fannie, Freddie Reuters via Yahoo / Mark Felsenthal

Europe's Mergers Won't Help Industries in Trouble Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Grasso clawed his way up to most powerful man on Wall Street AP via / Hope Yen

CO: Winter heat bill to soar by 73% Denver Post Steve Raabe and Jim Kirksey

Brazil Lowers Benchmark Lending Rate to 20 Percent Bloomberg

Argentina 2004 Buget Calls for More Social Spending, Has No Money for Defaulted Debt Bloomberg

$140m NYSE chief resigns BBC News

Grasso Leaves After Furor Over Pay reg NY Times / Jack Lynch

Timeline: Grasso's Final Days at NYSE Reuters via Fox News

MA: Romney eyes benefit cuts for jobless Boston Globe / Rick Klein

Gold Prices May Rise Near 8-Year High by End  of 2003, GFMS Says Bloomberg

Economic toll Washington Times / Donna De Marco

WA: State jobless rate stays at 7.5% Seattle Post Intelligencer / Christine Frey

NYSE chairman resigns AP via Chicago Sun Times 

Treasuries benefit as rates look set to stay low Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Grasso's pay shows need for public disclosure Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Mitchell Schurman

US Corp Bonds-Spreads tighter after Ford sale Reuters / Dena Aubin

Companies are cautious despite rosy analyses Knight Ridder via Detroit Free Press / Susan Tompor

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later. Fed Opts for Later Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Schwarzenegger Is Already Biggest Winner in Recall Bloomberg / Joe Mysak 

Home Starts Stay Close to 17-Year High Bloomberg

You Want Jobs with That Recovery? / Stephen Taub

UK: Unemployment at 28-year low BBC News

The Bipartisan War Machine Ludwig von Mises Institute / Hunt Tooley

Why you'll owe more in 2004 CNN

Trade deficit with China coming into focus Seattle Times / Stephen Dunphy

NC: Home sales increase 31% Raleigh News and Observer / Steve Cannon

The 2003 All-America Fixed-Income Research Team Institutional Investor / Ben Mattlin

Pension Funds Demand More Transparency Before Investing In CDOs Institutional Investor / Jeremy Carter

Is Hiring A Crime? Investors Business Daily 

Japan: Record wage cuts approved for government employees Japan Times

Can Robert Rubin's Exit Inspire Shiokawa? Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.



Voters can be such a nuisance The Economist

The FED's Deflation Smokescreen 321 Gold via Prudent Bear / Craig Harris

California, North Carolina Pensions Want NYSE Seats Bloomberg

SEC Probing Muni Deals Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Big Board May Face Identity Overhaul reg LA Times / Walter Hamilton

CA: Bond Deal Gives State an Unhealthy Interest in Big Tobacco reg LA Times / Michael Hiltzik

The Real Supply Side American Prospect / Robert Reich

In life after NYSE, Grasso should find no shortage of demand for his services CP via / Adam Geller

Canada: Business people applaud Paul Martin economic vision; but short on solutions CP via / Allan Swift

Our War With France reg NY Times / Thomas Freidman

A Great Six Months Now what? National Review / Patricia Small

PA: 5,000 attend Job fair big on entry level work; many are discouraged Morning Call / Sam Kennedy

Fed Rate Cuts Can't Cure Structural Unemployment Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

How the NYSE needs to change CNN / Adam Lashinsky

Census notes rise in Hispanic population AP via Albany Times Union / Genaro Armas

Russia rethinks China pipeline venture Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune / Le-Min Lim and Eduard Gismatullin

Flying on one engine The Economist

Claims Toll Projected For Isabel Hartford Courant / Diane Levick

Job Satisfaction at Record Low AP via Newsday

World Economic Outlook  International Monetary Fund

Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Market Countries International Monetary Fund

Highlights of IMF's World Economic Outlook FT

IMF cautious on global growth BBC News

Business Outlook Survey for September Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Fiscal Experts See Pain Ahead for States Reuters

$87 Billion War Request Details Spending Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

US junk bond sales flourish after August lull Reuters / Dena Aubin

Fannie Mae buys back $1 bln bonds due 2029, 2030 Reuters

Reaching for luxury Christian Science Monitor / Kim Campbell

End of a Rags-to-Shocking-Riches Tale Washington Post / Brooke Masters and Amy Joyce

US to China: Make Goods More Expensive! Ludwig von Mises Institute / Jude Blanchette

MO: The good news on the job front? Wal-Mart's hiring Kansas City Star / Diane Stafford

Cancun failure is a blessing for Taiwan's farmers Taipei Times / Jessie Ho

Bank coffers bulge Washington Business Journal

MI: Mich. jobless rate remains 7.4%; total 23.3% higher than 2002's Detroit Free Press / John Gallagher

Big Board May Face Identity Overhaul LA Times via Chicago Tribune / Walter Hamilton

Bear Stearns lifted by mortgage business FT / Ellen Kelleher

Bear Stearns Profit Almost Doubles to $313.4 Million Bloomberg

Grasso goes The Economist

Dollar drops to 2½ year lows against yen FT / Jennifer Hughes

At the end, he was alone Boston Globe / Steven Syre

Grasso's Resignation May Be Europe's Opportunity Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Take fall of Grasso as big hint Denver Post / Al Lewis

Did The Maestro Strike An Off-Key Note? Institutional Investor / Tom Buerkle

Australian Bonds Gain; Central Bank Unlikely to Raise Rate Soon Bloomberg

GAO Warns of Dangerous Deficit Newsmax

Japan ranks 10th in use of broadband AP via Japan Times




Are They Blowing Up or Blowing Over? Newsday / Ronald Roel

Weakening labor market sinks interest rates Inman News / Lou Barnes

Is the Fed lying? CNN / Mark Gongloff

"Let it Rip" Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Doug Noland

Commission: Steel tariffs cost $30 mln CBS Market Watch / Corbett B. Daly

More rules for hedge funds? Reuters via CNN

Russia: Gas Takes Spotlight at St. Pete Summit Moscow Times / Valeria Korchagina

Argentine GDP Grows in 2nd Quarter, Out of Recession Bloomberg

The IMF and the World Trade Organization IMF

Grasso drama lacks heroes Toronto Star / David Olive

Grasso's outside relationships probed Morning Call / Andrew Countryman

As We Go Marching The Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / Bill Bonner

Fannie and Freddie Lew Rockwell / Rep. Ron Paul, MD

These Tobacco Bonds Could Be the Buy of a Lifetime Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Growing economies, gaping deficits The Economist

Will OPEC Make Room at the Table for Iraq? Bloomberg / David DeRosa

Other problems illuminated by the Grasso fiasco Philadelphia Inquirer / Miriam Hill

Fire the Directors. Hire `Mr. Clean.' reg NY Times / Floyd Norris

CA: California Cut From Moody's Watch List reg Bloomberg and LA Times

Hercules Bonds Forbes / Leslie Wines 

IL: State joins suits to collect tax revenue from retailers Bloomberg via Chicago Tribune

Treasuries Fractionally Softer, trade featureless Reuters

Crude oil falls 14 cents to $27.03 a barrel Reuters via Houston Chronicle

CA: Housing Sales, Costs Surge reg LA Times / Bonnie Harris

NY: Mayor raps his own tax hike NY Post / David Seifman

TN: Tennessee jobless rate up slightly The Tennessean / Bush Bernard

Treasuries Headed for Fifth Weekly Gain; Traders See Steady Fed Bloomberg

G-7 to Call for Markets to Determine Exchange Rates Bloomberg

Homebuyers altering strategy reg Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

Grasso made right decision, investment professionals say Minnesota Star Tribune / Mike Blahnik

MN: Twin Cities home sales set record median price: $207,500 Minnesota Star Tribune / Neal Gardner

Bond Group Outlines Concerns Over MSRB's Muni Reporting Plan Operations Management via Institutional Investor / Matt Strickenberger

Russia: Economists Detect New Capital Flight Moscow Times / Alex Fak

Is the Reserve repeating its 1980s monetary disaster? Brookes News / Gerard Jackson

Imports are good for us Brookes News / Gerard Jackson

Will Keynesianism cripple China's military? Brookes News / Peter Zhang

The Soul of Capitalism The Nation via Real Clear Politics / William Greider

Japan: Interest rates have stopped rising: BOJ Japan Times

For now, global growth seen International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Japan's Economic Surge Is Giving Koizumi a Lift reg NY Times / Ken Belson

China Insistent on Protecting Currency reg NY Times / Ken Belson

Fed Leaves Communication Policy Unchanged Washington Post / John Berry

Goldman's Hu Is `Quintessential Insider' on Chinese Economy Bloomberg




Home wood prices take off Sacramento Bee / Andrew LePage

Wisconsin Jobless Rate Rises Slightly AP via Green Bay Press Gazette

Japan: Hiranuma eyes new agency for trade discussions Japan Times

A Considerable Predicament Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Financial hit still stinging reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Financial scandals will always be with us Milwaukee Journal / Avrum Lank

Grasso, monkeys and the grape Financial Post / William Hanley

DC: Area's plywood demand increases Washington Post / Chris Baker

Calif. May Not Be Economic Basket Case AP via Chicago Tribune

Isabel may cost $1 billion Omaha World Herald / Steve Jordon

Bill before Congress would open consumer credit system to more transparency Washington Post via Minnesota Star Tribune

Snow Seeks G-7 Support for `Flexible' Currency Policy Bloomberg



One Resignation Is Not Enough reg NY Times / Muriel Siebert

Grasso's exit is only the start reg Dallas Morning News / Robert Dodge

Stop this unfair attack on the American Dream Houston Chronicle / Alvin Williams

Money pours out of bond funds in August FT / Jenny Wiggins

September Reports Hints At Continued Gains Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory Drahuschak

FL: Checkered past? Become a broker -- others have Miami Herald / Harriet Johnson Brackey

Chinese banks to sell off $6bn in bad assets FT / James Kynge

New gold-backed securities on menu at Denver forum Reuters via Yahoo / Alden Bentley

Cash-for-jobs mark desperate U.S. economy Reuters via Yahoo / Andrea Hopkins

Here’s the Real Grasso Scandal Newsweek via MSNBC / Allan Sloan

Cheaper Doesn't Mean Better. Ask a Canadian Washington Post / Sally Pipes

Dollar could plumb new lows, say traders FT / Jennifer Hughes

‘Boss’ Grasso Was Cut Down To Size NY Post / Cynthia Vespereny and Paul Tharp

Dick’s Home Depot Pals Still Don’t Get It NY Post / Tracy Keenan

Stocks Sparkling At The Moment, But Storm Warnings Offshore NY Post / Desmond MacRae

Runaway productivity bites the hand that feeds it Baltimore Sun / Alfred Tella

The Roots of the Federal Debt Ludwig von Mises Institute / Mises Memo Fall, 2003

Does Europe Have a Beef Over the Yen? Bloomberg / David DeRosa

U.S. jobs: Next stop, India? San Antonio Express News / Sanford Nowlin and Travis E. Poling

Imports draw more eyes to what we pay for drugs Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Why bonds tanked and stocks revved up Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

CO: Hedgers drawn to Colo. Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

NYSE's Britz and Kinney Face Grasso-Style Queries on Paycheck Bloomberg

Job hunts in unstable times Toledo Blade / Mary Beth McLaughlin

Small towns across America facing dentist shortage AP via Chicago Tribune / David Crary

Grasso just average corporate hypocrite NY Times via Taipei Times

G7 meeting may focus on Japanese yen AFP via Taipei Times

A Look at the Gold/Silver Markets Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

The unexplored scenario Toronto Star / Pat McKeough

Jobless recovery won't last AP via Tallahassee Democrat / Rachel Beck

Ex-Citigroup CEO Named Interim NYSE Chair AP via South Dakota Aberdeen News / Erin McClam

Grasso's passion was the New York Stock Exchange Bloomberg via The Morning Call / William Ahearn

Still on the market reg LA Times / Allison Cohen

Europe's Money Talks, but Rich Nations Don't Listen reg NY Times / Mark Landler

China's Strange Hybrid Economy reg NY Times / Keith Bradsher

The Golden Rule in a Gray Area Called Business reg NY Times / Jeffrey Seglin

Ready for another bubble? Wall Street Journal via Hartford Courant / Jeff Opdyke

Next wave of tech has potential to dazzle Knight Ridder via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram Robert Boyd

Grasso compensation fiasco shows what money can't buy Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Hard knocks of bear market take some investors to school Baltimore Sun / Eileen Ambrose

G7 bankers in secret gold sale talks The Observer / Faisal Islam

France to rock stability boat The Observer / Faisal Islam

Time Warner name game won't heal old wounds The Observer / John Naughton

Greedy Grasso mown down The Observer / Edward Helmore

SC: The state's trucking industry is picking up, part of a national trend analysts associate with an improving economy The State / Paul Wachter

Argentina gets huge IMF loan BBC News

On the edge of things Seattle Times / Stephen H. Dunphy

Recovery is painful, perplexing Bloomberg via Charlotte Observer / Craig Torres

CA: Affordable housing elusive; conference notes why San Diego Union Tribune / Emmet Pierce

Banks relax rules on loans Raleigh News and Observer via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Chris Serres

China has bigger worries than U.S. gripes Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Self-regulation won't lead to needed change Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Closed-End Bond Funds: Beware Of Bears Hartford Courant / Matthew Lubanko

G-7 ministers call for quick resumption of global trade talks CP via

Hedge fund manager attacks SEC Financial Post / Sean Silcoff

Coup at the NYSE Financial Post / Terence Corcoran




Number of businesses with no employees grows Washington Business Journal / Kent Hoover

Beware of extreme predictions Toronto Star / Pat McKeough

Long Term Outlook for the HUI with Analysis on the S&P 500, and US Dollar Index Market Letters Digest via Safehaven / David Petch

Gold approaches new high as US dollar falls FT / Kevin Morrison

Treasuries fall on G7 statement FT / Paivi Munter, Jenny Wiggins and Mariko Sanchanta

Soft Economy Aids Army Recruiting Effort reg NY Times / Eric Schmitt

Be careful of bond funds as interest rates rise Oakland Tribune / Cliff Pletschet

Fund scandal may run deeper CNN

Members of Congress threaten China with tariffs Washington Business Journal / Kent Hoover

Falling U.S. dollar drags down markets CP via Toronto Star

Real Estate Market May Show `Irrational Exuberance' Bloomberg / John Wasik

Weak dollar sparks share rout BBC News 

US Corp Bonds- End wider as supply pipeline swells Reuters / Nancy Leinfuss

Argentina Angers Investors With Defaulted Debt Offer Bloomberg

A dark Monday for Wall Street UPI via Washington Times

Stocks sink, but dollar's decline has upside reg Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Japan's economic champions BBC News

IMF cautions on loans to Iraq AP via Baltimore Sun

Libya wants to host OPEC summit in 2005 Reuters via San Diego Union Tribune

Fed's Bernanke sees inflation drop Reuters via CNN

Isabel Blew Fallacy Ashore Ludwig von Mises Institute / Steven Yates

Debt overload in poor countries worries IMF NY Times via Miami Herald / Edmund Andrews

Look Inside To Know When to Sell Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Dollar tumbles to new low after G7 meeting FT / Jennifer Hughes

Richard Grasso Leaves a Selfless Gift to Us Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

Attention Turns To Grasso Aide’s Pay NY Post / Jenny Anderson

Russia Joins 4-Nation Economic Zone AP and Reuters via Moscow Times

Russia: Putin Says Yukos Case All About Murder Moscow Times

They've Gotta Have It ABC News / Catherine Valenti

Recession, bear market make savers wary AP via Omaha World Herald

Over 1 million without power after Isabel AP via Albany Times Union / Bob Jordan

Increased Availability of Financial Products and the Need for Improved Financial Literacy Federal Reserve Board / Mark Olson

U.S. corporate bond new issues Reuters via Yahoo

Corporate/Agency Bonds Community Events Calendar Reuters via Yahoo

Treasuries Decline as Japan Seen Curbing U.S. Debt Purchases Bloomberg 

NYC holds off on bond sale Crains

Bean-Counting Bums NY Post / Christopher Byron

E-Mail Has Turned Into the Enemy of Productivity Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Two incomes still don't add up Newhouse News via Houston Chronicle / Tom Feran

Jobless rate worse than headlines say AP via Arizona Republic / Justin Bachman

Yen Surges vs Dollar on G-7 Meeting, Japan's Growth Outlook Bloomberg

Ahead of the markets: Broad recovery could fuel new gains for gold International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner




Best way to save Social Security Christian Science Monitor / Timothy Penny

Smell that? Something reeks on Wall Street Denver Post / Al Lewis

Dollar--Still Strong, But More Flexible—Sinks Forbes / Dan Ackman

Junk bond funds relish talk of recovery Reuters / Mark Wilkinson

US Tsy's Fisher: Unsatisfied with slow job growth Reuters

The most effective remedy is to sue them, not jail them Slate via MSNBC / Daniel Gross

The impossible strength of the weak US dollar Taipei Times / J. Bradford DeLong

Fed Officials See Economy on the Rise Reuters via Yahoo / Tim Ahmann

If It Ain’t Broke . . . National Review / Larry Kudlow

Who Killed Cancun? Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

CA: Home sales highest in 15 years Mercury News / Sue McAllister

Economist Galbraith blasts corporate greed Financial Post / Steve Maich

France looks towards longer week FT / Robert Graham

EU tells U.S. to end 1916 trade act Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

CO: States cut deep into Medicaid Denver Post / Marsha Austin

Gold is in fine mettle Denver Post / Steve Raabe

A world out of whack CNN / Justin Lahart

The interest rate see-saw CNN / Walter Updegrave

Repeal the tax cuts? CNN / Mark Gongloff

IL: Hospitals see boon in new tax burden reg Chicago Tribune / Bruce Japsen and Ray Long

Economy still has a tough job ahead of it reg Chicago Tribune / Andrew Leckey

Bank’s $200B Helping Hand Newsday / Tania Padgett

Open Investment Policy Looks Like 'World Occupation' to Iraq Merchants LA Times / Mark Fineman

Mexico reserves rise to $51.478 bln Reuters via Forbes

Where are the customers’ yachts? The Economist

Wrangling over exchange rates The Economist

More money, but much less security reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Mexican Exports and Imports Fall, Sign Economy Weak Bloomberg

Text of President Bush's speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly Newsmax

Corporate world still thinks we are stupid Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

U.S. Vows Deficit Cut for World's Economy AP via Milwaukke Journal / Paul Geitner

California Fund Says NYSE Must Split Regulatory Role Bloomberg

Near-term US budget gap not problem-Fed's Broaddus Reuters via Yahoo

MO: Employers, workers reel from health insurance sticker shock Kansas City Star / Julius Karash

U.S. mortgage-backed bond prices off in thin trade Reuters via Yahoo / Alexander Rozens

Russian Central Bank hopes to resume bond issues in 2004 Interfax

TX: State sued over rates Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / R.A Dyer

Rubin Levitt May Still Be Candidates For NYSE Top Job NY Post / John Crudele

U.S. Deficit Cuts Republican Support for Bush's Medicare Plan Bloomberg

Goldman sees sharp fall-off in bond trading FT / Phil Davis

Sins of Businessmen, Crimes of Politicians Ludwig von Mises Institute / George Reisman 

Calif. Tobacco Bonds May Require 6% Yield Bloomberg and LA Times

Fixed-income unit lifts Morgan Stanley FT / Sabuhi Mir

Nightmare on Wall Street? CNN / Justin Lahart

A Generation Raised on Equities Craves Them Still Bloomberg / Chet Currier

I Knew Plaza Accord. Dubai Is No Plaza Accord Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Reformers vs Ford, Rockefeller; Guess Who Wins Bloomberg / Andrew Ferguson

Survey: Most plan to work into 70s Reuters via CNN

FASB on M and A: Break Out Those Numbers / Stephen Taub

Holders of Argentine Bonds Reject 25% Redemption Offer reg NY Times / Tony Smith

IMF: House Prices At Risk of Collapse Reuters via Moscow Times / Anna Willard

No recession, so far, for region using euro International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

NYSE's Head Of Regulation To Step Down Compliance Reporter via Institutional Investor / Grant Catton

Arnold's Money Man Institutional Investor

Illinois Hedge Fund Builds Power Trading Desk Power Finance & Risk via Institutional Investor / Nina Sovich




Internet-tax bill could exempt telephone, cable companies from taxes St Louis Post Dispatch / Jerri Stroud

Fitch releases credit derivatives survey FT / Charles Batchelor

Bubble Memory Institutional Investor / Justin Schak

U.S. Exchange Chiefs Brace For Increased Scrutiny After NYSE Troubles Wall Street Letter via Institutional Investor / Raul Gallegos

Clock ticking on Freddie’s financials Inman News / Jessica Swesey

Pension Crisis Looms In California Bond Buyer / Rich Saskal

$1.5 Billion for N.Y. Dorm Bond Buyer / Martin Braun

How the Protection of Law Was Lost Lew Rockwell / Paul Craig Roberts

Alan Greenspan: Mr. Creep Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Credit Measure Advances AP via Hartford Courant / Jesse Holland

Grasso could be entitled to a further $9.7m FT / Andrei Postelnicu and Adrian Michaels

Paychecks feel the pinch CNN / Mark Gongloff

Experts say companies ultimately paying for rising consumer debt Las Vegas Sun / Alana Roberts

Food Fright National Review / Bruce Bartlett

CA: Pessimism on growth, jobs in state Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

Mexico Peso Rises 3rd Day in 4; Chile Gains Bloomberg

Bountiful kiss-offs abundant in North America Toronto Star / David Olive

Nasdaq has worse day in nearly 15 months AP via Chicago Sun Times Amy Baldwin

Canada: Strong loonie hurts 25% of small businesses: CIBC CP via Toronto Star

Crude rises $1.11 to $28.24 a barrel Reuters via Houston Chronicle

It's hard to find slave labor here Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Poole: No Full Recovery Without More Jobs Reuters via Fox News

Productivity and Monetary Policy Federal Reserve Board / Governor Donald L. Kohn

Growing gulf between rich and poor BBC News / Rick Rowden

NYSE's Reed Favors Shrinking Board to 10-12 People Bloomberg

Euro Facing a Major Test Washington Post / Keith Richburg

Gambling With the Dollar Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

The High Cost Of Not Spending To Modernize Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

WA: Money for polling could be spent better elsewhere, critics say Seattle Post Intelligencer / Kathy Mulady

CO: Xcel's 73% heat-bill hike approved AP via Denver Post / Dan D’ambrosio  

Buffett sold half of Level 3 stake Denver Post / Kris Hudson

EDS bond redemption will total $772 million Bloomberg via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Short-covering lifts Treasuries FT / Jenny Wiggins, Paivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

It's Time to Worry About Pension Obligation Bonds Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Some Gaps Get All the Attention. This One Should Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

It's Time for Deutsche Bank to Get Out of Germany Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Consultant to Grasso on Pay Is Also Adviser to Exchange reg NY Times / Landon Thomas Jr.

FL: Broward considers dumping $17 million in touch voting machines South Florida Sun Sentinel / Scott Wyman

CA: State Farm to Sell Home Insurance in State Again reg Los Angeles Times via Chicago Tribune / Kenneth Reich

Bonds Swing Higher as Auction Goes Well Reuters via Boston Globe

Canada: Economist expectations for Canadian growth too rosy, Merrill Lynch seer says CP via

U.S. Treasuries Decline on McTeer's Economic Growth Comments Bloomberg

Back to the bubble CNN / Justin Lahart

Strong Dollar, Weak Dollar: Anyone Have a Scorecard? NY Times via IWon / Edmund Andrews 

The Discourteous Mr. Walker Ludwig von Mises Institute / Gregory Bresiger

Dollar steadies as bears pause for breath FT / Jennifer Hughes

IMF's Koehler Warns U.S. Against Currency Demands Bloomberg

OPEC to Cut Output, Concerned of Prices, Inventories Bloomberg

US credit card delinquencies down a bit in 2nd qtr Reuters via Yahoo

MI: Home owners start cming clean about their tax exemptions Detroit Free Press / Dawson Bell

Dollar campaign jolts global markets AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer / Martin Crutsinger

Yen Advances on Optimism Japan's Economy to Attract Investments Bloomberg

'Eurostat affair' nears a finale in Parliament International Herald Tribune / Thomas Fuller

Vultures circle their prey International Herald Tribune / Miki Tanikawa

Russia: Who Owns $85 Billion? Moscow Times / Alex Fak

Berkshire lists shifts in holdings Omaha World Herald / Grace Shim




A-a-and down! The Economist

Rich man, poor man The Economist

Work longer, have more babies The Economist

Weak dollar is good, official says Bloomberg via Taipei Times

Poll finds worries about housing costs Gannett News via Tucson Citizen / Haya El Nasser

Young buyers acquire homes Oakland Tribune / Roger Harris

CA: State sending first of thousands of pink slips reg Orange County Register / Jim Finkle

US mortgage bond spreads in despite Freddie news Reuters via Yahoo

Collateral Manager Eyes REITs To Back New CDO Bond Week via Institutional Investor / Scott Goodwin

Mexico Has Deficits With Most Trading Partners Internet Securities via Institutional Investor

SF Fed President Parry to retire CBS market Watch / Rex Nutting

Is Fed's recovery talk all spin? Financial Post / Peter Morton

CO: Bankruptcies soar 17% as state heads for another record year Rocky Mountain News / John Accola

CO: Metro foreclosures on pace to surpass last year's totals Rocky Mountain News / John Rebchook

CA: We're No. 5 -- but Who Cares? reg LA Times / Michel Hiltzik

Shortages Amid The Jobless: Survey Finds Change in Job Search Environment After High-Tech Meltdown CATA and PMI via Canada Newswire

Congress ponders helping states collect taxes from Internet shoppers AP via Houston Chronicle

Deflation, weak spending still a problem for Japan Reuters via Forbes

CA: Median price of existing S.D. home up 17.3 percent over year San Diego Union Tribune

Chile to Sell Domestic Bonds for 1st Time Since 1986 Bloomberg

`Visibility' in Stock Market Is Always Limited Bloomberg / John Dorfman

Freddie delays earnings again Inman News / Jessica Swesey

Fed's Stern sees faster growth, low inflation Bloomberg via Minnesota Star Tribune / Andrew Ward

It's Too Soon to Declare Economic Woes Over LA Times via Twin Falls Times News / Peter Gosselin

Freddie Mac restatement: $4.5B AP via Baltimore Sun / Marcy Gordon

Traders expect gold to break through $400 level Bloomberg

Stock, bond markets react to dollar's slide Knight Ridder via Charlotte Observer / Ken Moritsugu

Kill or cure? The Economist

OPEC’s oil shock The Economist

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Plan May Benefit Agency Debt Bloomberg

Paris vows action on deficit BBC News

Mortgage Rates Retreat Again AP via Newsday

Dollar crash could wreck U.S. economy Knight Ridder via Detroit Free Press / Ken Moritsugu

Is the Dollar 'Toast'? Euro vs. Dollar War Monitor via Safehaven / Alex Wallenwein

Argentina Offer Prompts Threat of Investor Lawsuits Bloomberg

US capital spending shows signs of slowing FT / John Labate

Lessons From California’s Budget reg NY Times / Hal Varian

CA: Robust demand for tobacco bonds LA Times / Tom Petruno

States Still Struggling To Control Medicaid Costs / Erin Madigan

Rothbard Battles the Mainstream Ludwig von Mises Institute / Benjamin Powell and Edward Stringham

UK: Bond probe spreads to advisers Evening Standard via This Is London / Patrick Hosking

Fed stats miss half the recent price increase NY Post / John Crudele

''Time to Clear the Air'' at the NYSE / Stephen Taub

Clueless Pimco / Bill Gross

Does World Trade Need World Government? Ludwig von Mises Institute / Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Reports are mixed on consumer debt AP via Omaha World Herald




Making Use of Consultants Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

The U.S.'s Iraqi oil headache Financial Post / Peter Foster

Investors drive bond prices up Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

TN: Confidence in economy's future falls Tennessean / Richard Lawson

Who's Next? National Journal / James Barnes

Real estate heights still astonishing Inman News / Marcie Geffner

Housing more worrisome than crime Inman News

Debt Illusion! Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

Central Banks, Currencies and Interest Rates Speculative Investor via Safehaven / Steve Saville

Employment Disaster Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / Kurt Richebacher

Global economy is shifting focus to East Asia Toronto Star / David Crain

UK: Justice at last in bond battle Guardian / Tony Levene

Dubai G-7 Meeting Confuses Currency Market Bloomberg / David DeRosa

US Corp Bonds - Heavy supply halts spread rally Reuters / Dena Aubin

AZ: New-home building, resales in Valley skyrocket in August Arizona Republic / Catherine Burrough

Taxes: What the Hell Happened? National Review / Tom Nugent

FASB: Time to Define Cash-Balance Plans / Stephen Taub

UK: Rising debt 'not irresponsible' BBC News / Evan Davies

What's Good for Russia Is Good for America reg NY Times / Robert McFarlane

Who's Poor? Don't Ask the Census Bureau reg NY Times / Jared Bernstein

Hancock seen in serious talks Boston Globe / Steve Bailey

Brazil to Sell $5.5 Bln in Foreign Bonds By 2004; Tapping into Rally Bloomberg

Too soft, too open, too democratic? The Economist

SEC Charges Three Miami Bankers With Fraud AP via Newsday

PA: Economy grows, workforce shrinks Philadelphia Inquirer / Reid Kanaley

Stocks Deliver Worst Weekly Loss This Year Philadelphia Inquirer / Seth Sutel

Is it still the economy, stupid? CNN / Mark Gongloff

Dear John Reed... CNN / Walter Updegrave 

Ex-PIMCO's Parry joins Schroders Investment and Pensions Europe

Level 3 unit sells bonds despite telecom woes Reuters / Dena Aubin

Treasuries Rise as Report Shows Consumer Confidence Declines Bloomberg

Municipal Bond Issuance Takes a Run at the Record Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Fund Conflicts Are Rooted in Asset-Gathering Urge Bloomberg / Chet Currier

TN: Manufacturing jobs show first gain in 16 months Tennessean / Bush Bernard

Dollar higher after US growth strengthens FT / Jennifer Hughes

US consumer confidence falls again FT / John Labate

The Grasso Affair Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Westley

This is going to hurt CNN Justin Lahart

Politicians Got Parties at NYSE Washington Post / Kathleen Day and Ben White

134,000 Lost Jobs in August 'Mass Layoffs' Washington Post / Kirstin Downey

Favorable Forecast From Freddie Mac Newsday / Ronald Reed

Dollar shows gains, but risks remain Bloomberg and AP via International Herald Tribune

Economic blunders led to California recall NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Hal Varian

Japan: Banks told to tighten screws on debtors Japan Times / Mayummi Negishi




Who benefits, who loses from weaker greenback? CBS Market Watch / Rachel Koning

China getting blamed for U.S. economic woes Knight Ridder via San Jose Mercury News / Ken Moritsugu

The fund conundrum CNN / Justin Lahart

Consumers still worry about jobs Financial Post / Peter Morton

OPEC Wants Non-OPEC Help to Control Oil Supply, President Says Bloomberg

NY: Putin Gets Sweet Taste of New York Newsday / Nat Worden

C is for cookie, a potential monster Knight Ridder via Tallahassee Democrat / Phillip Robinson

Not your average debt tale Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns 

Take Me Out to the Stockgame Thought From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Completes Biggest Weekly Gain Since June Bloomberg

Russia Sends Message to U.S. About Iraqi Oil Contracts NY Times reg Neela Banerjee

Are U.S. jobs being stolen, or is relocation just part of a global economy? Rocky Mountain News / Jeff Thredgold

Rallies, recovery and results Rocky Mountain News / David Milstead

Sounding the Alarm Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Penny-wise, pound-foolish US News and World Report / Lou Dobbs

Bear Stearns Officer Will Get $117 Million in Deferred Pay reg Bloomberg via NY Times

Top 1% in '01 Lost Income, but Also Paid Lower Taxes reg NY Times / David Cay Johnston

Canadian Insurer Eyeing John Hancock Hartford Courant

Economists see signs of growth in GDP, factory data Minnesota Star Tribune / Mike Meyers



Pack the bags AP via Arizona Daily Sun / Genaro Armas

UK: Blair won't rule out euro vote BBC News

Few options left to goose the economy USA Today / Peronet Despeignes

The great American burden Baltimore Sun / Michael Hill

Loss of company-paid life insurance vexes retirees Houston Chronicle / Shannon Buggs

Truth in Raw Numbers Washington Post / James Glassman

For some workers, a less bitter pill Miami Herald / John Dorschner 

Grasso’s Greed May Become Your Gain NY Post / Tamara Beckwith

Reed’s Solutions: Strong And Simple NY Post / Terry Keenan

CA: Little room to wiggle reg Orange County Register / Jim Finkle

Hedge Funds Zero In On REITs  Real Estate Finance and Investment

Manulife buys Hancock for $11 billion CBS Market Watch / Kristen Gerencher

Jobs are a thing of the past here in America San Francisco Chronicle / Alan Saracevic

Survey: Gasoline Prices Fall Sharply Reuters via ABC News

Saving U.S. Manufacturers Not Just a Matter of Revaluing China's Yuan  LA Times / Evelyn Iritani and Tyler Marshall

PA: Money talks in Hong Kong's robust economy Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

 KS: Housing market enjoys surge of new buyers Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Italy slowly comes back to light BBC News

Low numbers from bear market are going away Boston Globe via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Charles Jaffe

Image is everything in checking Knight Ridder via Tallahassee Democrat / Anuradha Raghunathan

Investors bet that, no matter what, gold will glisten AP via Tallahassee Democrat / Rachel Beck

Big deals from a small town Dallas Morning News via St. Paul Pioneer Press / Bill Deener

UK: House prices 'soar 138% in decade' BBC News

Hope's stirring for a business travel rebound Chicago Tribune via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Toni Stroud

CA: Layoff jitters Sacramento Bee / Loretta Kalb

Many forced into hard work in retirement Baltimore Sun / Bill Atkinson

Just a few get to use the shortcuts along the road to wealth Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Rushing Into Gold Isn't a Wise Choice Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Jane Kim

Junk Bond Funds Relish Talk of Recovery Reuters via Boston Globe / Mark Wilkinson

Companies Kept Cutting Jobs in September: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

The Fed and You: How Rates Hit Home Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Greg Ip

US Treasury's Fisher takes long-term economic view Reuters / Jonathan Nichols

The new color of money Omaha World Herald / Steve Johnson

The 'Comeuppance of 2001' Seattle Times / Stephen Dunphy

MN: Insider sales reach highs not seen in a decade Minnesota Star Tribune / Mike Blahnik

Warning signs aplenty in bull market moves NY Times via Minnesota Star Tribune / Floyd Norris

G7 persuaded to gamble with weapon of mass devaluation The Guardian Observer / Faisal Islam

UK: The day Gordon set the Bank free - and brought it under his control The Guardian Observer / William Keegan

Defying laws of economic gravity The Guardian Observer / William Keegan

Good News Behind High Prices of Metals reg LA Times / James Flanigan

Mid-East economic gloom bites deep BBC News / Emma Clark

Traders anticipate increased pressure on the greenback AFP via Taipei Times

He Takes a Day Off but Gets a Triple-A at Standard & Poor's reg NY Times / Micheline Maynard

Raising Minimum Wages, City by City reg NY Times / Louis Uchitelle

Bush, Serving $2,000 Cheese Steaks, Amasses Campaign War Chest Bloomberg

Taking a Closer Look at Debt reg NY Times / Grechen Morgenson

On His Shoulders, a Graying Japan reg NY Times / Ken Belson

Bush Wants to Create More Jobs, but How? reg NY Times / David Rosenbaum

Without Recovery Jobs May Stall Bloomberg via Pittsburgh Tribune Review




Stumping For Jobs US News / Kim Clark

Puerto Rico Will Price $540M in GOs Bond Buyer / Gillian D’ Ambrosio

Muni Consultants Stepping Up Contributions to Issuer Officials Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

America’s disappearing factory jobs, Will those jobs ever return? NBC News via MSNBC / Jim Cummins

CA: Supermarkets, Clerks Gird for Possible Strike reg LA Times / Nancy Cleeland and Melinda Fulmer

CA: Dump Davis, then what? Orange County Register via Lew Rockwell / Steven Greenhut

Grandmother Poised To Become Utah Gov / Erin Madigan

Bush Signs Do-Not-Call List Into Law reg AP via Hartford Courant / David Ho

Dollar spikes lower as rumours drive market FT / Jennifer Hughes

Making the case to own gold CNBC and MSN Money / Bill Fleckenstein

IMF's failures worsen global trade instability Taipei Times / Joseph Stiglitz

Why China Is So Cautious About Revaluation Asia Money via Institutional Investor / Long Pei-Ling

Freddie Mac's nemesis Inman News / Jessica Swesey

AZ: Many of state's jobless don't seek extended benefits Arizona Republic / Christine Romero

Gray's Waterloo? Daily Standard / Bill Whalen 

Inside OPEC’s Surprise Cut National Review / Frederick Leuffer

The Bush tax cuts v the Dems' dangerous mentality Brookes News / Gerard Jackson

Falling currencies and economic growth: more economic fallacies Brookes News / Gerard Jackson

Individual consumers forecast national mood Philadelphia Inquirer / Porus Cooper

Stock correction may have begun last week Chicago Sun Times / Amy Baldwin

Schwarzenegger Gets Republican Party Backing in Race Bloomberg

Bank reform in Japan puts gloss on the finance czar NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Ken Belson

Wall St. forecast: Job growth CNN / Les Christie

Freddie Mac's strategy: Too much risk Wall Street Journal via Baltimore Sun / Patrick Barta, John D. McKinnon and Gregory Zuckerman

The name's the same for top two Boston Globe / Scott Bernard Nelson

Carlos Slim, Latin America's Richest Man, Seeks More in U.S. Bloomberg

US Treasury's Roseboro-budget gap still manageable Reuters

Will the bounceback last? CNN / Andrew Serwer

S. Korean August Factory Production Rises 3.4 Percent Bloomberg

What Ever Happened to Auction-Market Indicators? Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Washington events for Sept. 29-Oct. 3 CBS Market Watch

More jobs done by ever fewer workers Washington Post / Amy Joyce

SEC Staff Urges Registration for Hedge Fund Managers Bloomberg

Chirac's political machine goes on trial FT / Jo Johnson

Those elusive WMDs again The Econominst 

Consumers need help CNN / Mark Gongloff

CA: Californians face uncertain housing market Oakland Tribune / Cliff Pletschet

Worries at the White House Chicago Sun Times / Robert Novak

Supply Side Recognizance Washington Post / Bruce Bartlett

Dollar Tumbles; U.S. May Seek Weaker Currency to Spur Growth Bloomberg

Economy making global leap Detroit Free Press / Jeff Bennett

The Coup De Grasso New Yorker / James Surowiecki

Board Shrinkage NY Post / Paul Tharp

Corporate/Agency Bonds Community Events Calendar Reuters via Yahoo

Strong dollar in U.S. interest – Rubin Reuters via Yahoo

Back on the Other Side Washington Post / Carrie Johnson 

EU Orders Single Accounting Standard Starting in 2005 Bloomberg

Dollar rangebound as market eyes BoJ FT / Jennifer Hughes

Chancellor Brown plays to the trade union gallery FT / David Turner

Some Great Old Names Now Rank as Dogs of the Dow Bloomberg / David Pauly 

Empty Enron Tower Looms Over Houston reg LA Times Dana Calvo

Asian bond market in the works Utusan Online

MS: Miss. maintains AA credit rating AP via Clarion Ledger

The Origin of Money and its Value Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert Murphy

Consumer spending jumps CNN

Thank Grasso for Spotlighting Policing Problem Bloomberg / John Wasik

Treasury 10-Year Note Yield Has Biggest Gain in Three Weeks Bloomberg

UK: Will ECB chief go with a bang? Don't bet on it International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Business’s Killer I.O.U.  Newsweek via MSNBC / Keith Naughton

Yen May Extend Advance Against Dollar This Week, Survey Finds Bloomberg

Putin Touts Economy During Stroll Down Wall Street Reuters via Moscow Times




 Scandal's fallout unclear reg Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

The world suddenly looks bleaker The Economist

A market for gossip Financial Post / Paul Kedrosky

Canada: Pleasant surprises for CSB holders Financial Post / Jonathan Chevreau

Midwest Manufacturing Series – Opening Remarks Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Michael Moskow

Air France and KLM get close The Economist

Noted strategist sees gold bull market CBS Market Watch via Prudent Bear / Thom Calandra

Trusts may not be good for the economy Globe and Mail / Mathew Ingram

An AMEX Cover Up NY Post / Jenny Anderson

Bush team offers Fannie, Freddie regulator details Reuters via Yahoo / Mark Felsenthal

U.S. mortgage bond spreads wider on hedging fears Reuters via Yahoo

New data show jobs are churning Reuters via CNBC and MSNBC

Let's avoid headlong rush into trade deals Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgini

WI: Bill changes bankruptcy-debt rules Wisconsin State Journal / Phil Brinkman

OH: Akron's Lockheed Martin wins $40 million for design Ohio Beacon Journal / John Russell

Real estate debates Freddie, Fannie regulation Inman News

Solving the uninsured dilemma difficult United Press International / Ellen Beck

Wal-Mart to Open Up to 195 New Stores in 2004 AP via Fox News

SEC Eyeing Evidence of Fraud at Freddie Mac Reuters via Fox News

Not Fragile But currency stability and lower oil prices are the key variables for growth National Review / David Malpass

Treasury Department gives Andrew Jackson NY Times via Austin American Statesman / Betsy Streisan

Russia edges closer to WTO Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

Time to flee America? CNN / Justin Lahart

NY: August home prices rise even as sales slip Albany Times Union / Kenneth Aaron

Low rates mean fewer homes sell for cash USA Today / Thomas Fogarty

CBOT reveals Brodsky's income at $1.92 million Chicago Sun Times / David Roeder

NY: $650M in LIberty Bonds OKd Newsday / Katia Hetter

PA: Jobless rate drops to 5.0% Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

Job Hiring Weak, According to New Report AP via Baltimore Sun / Martin Crutsinger

Bank studies binational mortgages in Mexico AP via Arizona Republilc

John Hancock CEO reaps huge payday from deal $52M in stock, cash Financial Post / Steve Maich

Updating overtime Baltimore Sun / Elaine L. Chao U.S. Secretary of Labor

The Street is road to happiness Denver Post / Al Lewis

Betting on US economy Boston Globe / Steven Syre

Manulife bid drops in value Boston Globe / Peter J. Howe and Scott Bernard Nelson

Dollar rises against yen as BoJ intervenes FT / Alan Beattie and Jennifer Hughes

PA: Going whole hog on bank mergers Philadelphia Inquirer / Todd Mason

CT: Pump Prices Trickling, But Still Pretty High Hartford Courant / Stacy Wong

Sales tax plan aligns state, U.S. standards Milwaukee Journal / Avrum Lank

Treasuries Soar, Yields Hit 10-Week Lows Reuters via Boston Globe / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Crude rises 80 cents to $29.20 Reuters via Houston Chronicle

43.6 million in U.S. are uninsured reg Chicago Tribune / Bruce Japsen

US Treasuries rally on weak data FT / Jenny Wiggins, Paivi Munter an Barney Joseph

Fed keeps a wary eye on surging productivity Reuters via Yahoo / Victoria Thieberger

French Jobless Rate Steady at 9.6 Percent AP via Aberdeen News

Bankers Confident I-Grade Debt Deals This Year Will Top '02 Corporate Financing Week via Institutional Investor / Amy Kolz

Consumers lose confidence Inman News

Mortgage lenders slash jobs San Francisco Business Times via Washington Business Journal / Mark Calvey

The Defense Department Sent Your House to Iraq Ludwig von Mises Institute / Timothy Terrell

TX: More people losing homes Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrea Jares

Rise In Uninsured Follows Big Jump In Costs Forbes / Dan Ackman

Farms face global warming threat Omaha World Herald / Nancy Garder

Fed's Moskow - part of factory slump is structural Reuters via Yahoo / Meredith Grossman Dubner

Happy Birthday, Bull Market! Don't Party Too Hard Bloomberg / Chet Currier

An Easier Call to Make / Anne Stuart

U.S. Treasury Notes Soar After Consumer Confidence Declines Bloomberg

U.S. Sept. Consumer Confidence Index Falls to 76.8 From 81.7  Bloomberg

Death to the specialists? CNN / Justin Lahart 

UK: ABN Amro boosts bond issue Evening Standard

Fixed income losing out in the mix reg Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Big Aluminum Merger Is Approved reg NY Times / Paul Meller

Japan's Aug. Jobless Rate Falls to 5.1%, 2-Year Low Bloomberg

Japan: JFE to Cut Loans by 190 Bln Yen, Loosening Ties to Its Bankers Bloomberg