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Diffusion Illusion? Contrary Investor via Safehaven

WI: As medical bills pile up, more people look to bankruptcy for relief Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Tom Rybarczyk

Russia angry at Yukos criticism BBC News

UK: New chief for European Bank BBC News

Flying off the shelves CNN Mark Gongloff

Ex-Prudential brokers targeted Reuters via CNN

SEC Subpoenas NYSE Specialists for Trading, Organization Data Bloomberg

U.S. factories begin to ramp up production National / Financial Post / Peter Morton

Desperate Measures AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / William Kole

Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Advance Since August Against Euro Bloomberg

Caught by surprise Rocky Mountain News / Allison Linn

S&P 500 hits 17-month high AP and Bloomberg via Chicago Sun Times / Eileen Alt Powell

St. Louis grocery workers settle AP via Buffalo News

CA: A First Step Toward Recovery reg LA Times / Kathy Kristof

CO: Denver's economy slow to recover Rocky Mountain News / David Milstead

DC: Small-business help Washington Times / Marguerite Higgins

MA: State deals blow to utilities in bid to hike rates Boston Globe / Peter J. Howe

Shopppers trim spending as US tax rebates dry up Gulf Daily News

French face struggle to cut deficit Gulf Daily News

Hot enough for you? US News / Jodie Allen

Asian Currencies Fall; Central Banks May Sell After Snow Speech Bloomberg

Confidence on the rise in France AP and Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Bank of Japan Sees 2.5% Growth in 2004 reg NY Times / Ken Belson

Arrest of Russian Billionaire Captures Attention of Germany reg NY Times / Mark Landler




Touch-Screen Voting Could Present Problem for Floridians Fox News / Nancy Harmeyer

Bond Pros Rebounding, Now Heroes NY Post / Suzanne Miller

WA: Shopping for affordable housing: The shelves aren't exactly stocked The Sun / Amy Trask

NE: Getting their fill at the grocery store Omaha World Herald / Grace Shim

WA: Some small public companies hang on despite years of losses Seattle Times / Alwyn Scott

MO: Former Fed governor Laurence Meyer raises profile of his firm St Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Seeds of change will target flaws in mutual funds Miami Herald / Harriet Johnson Brackey

Strong Mutual Funds Says Richard Strong Resigns as Chairman Bloomberg

The battle of people vs. machines CNBC via MSNBC / Bob Pisani

The German social paradise faces a battery of crises DPA via Taipei Times

Putin launches assault on Russian capitalism Guardian - Observer / Conal Walsh

Canada: Bulls, bears, sheep Toronto Star / Steven Theobald

CA: Decision: Should we stay or should we go? San Diego Union Tribune / Leslie Berenstein

Like an old pickup, the economy just keeps on truckin’ Dayton Daily News / Jim Dillon

SEC probes NYSE firms Reuters via CNN

Rocketing property underpins US too Guardian - Observer / Faisal Islam

Global warming -- the quadrillion dollar question Reuters via Taipei Times / Alister Doyle

Companies Adding Jobs as Growth Picks Up: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

Does 7.2% growth rate mean we're recovering? Clarion Ledger / Scott Walker

Long-term market watcher not convinced bear is gone St. Petersburg Times via Minnesota Star Tribune / Helen Huntley

Growth Spurt Washington Post

UK: Homeowners will be first to feel the pain Guardian - Observer / Maria Scott

UK: Bricks and mortar could turn into a house of cards Guardian - Observer / Faisal Islam

Arrest opens way for Russian state to renationalise Yukos Guardian - Observer / Conal Walsh

France tests pact to breaking point Guardian - Observer / Faisal Islam

Bonds Washington Post / John Berry

PA: Phila. could be, again, a manufacturing mecca Philadelphia Inquirer

Not Rich? You'll Pay Anyway Washington Post / Kevin Adler and Annette F. Simon

UK: Rate rise is 'foregone conclusion' Guardian - Observer / Faisal Islam

Japan Needs BOJ Cooperation to Stem Deflation, Koizumi Says Bloomberg

For the Fund Business, What Went Wrong? reg LA Times / Josh Friedman, Tom Petruno and Walter Hamilton

In Japan, as in the U.S., Companies Fear China reg LA Times / Evelyn Iritani

Investors courting frustration Denver Post / Al Lewis

Dismantling a Wall Street Club reg NY Times / Landon Thomas. Jr.

Pension safety net is one federal program that works Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Why Inflation Seems Higher Than Many Had Expected Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Andrew Blackman

Why Do Employers Pay for Health Insurance, Anyhow? reg NY Times / Daniel Akst

Bank of Japan Sees Deflation Woes Continuing Bloomberg / David DeRosa

Beneath the Smiles, a Churning Anxiety reg NY Times / Louis Uchitelle

If Enough People Complain, Somebody Will Do Something Hartford Courant / Kenneth Harney

Is the Party Ending for Home Builders? reg NY Times / J. Alex Tarquino

Wal-Mart case not isolated in U.S. Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Mitchell Schnurman

Need a New Barometer for Stocks? Try the Price of Oil reg NY Times / J. Alex Tarquino




Amex members to control exchange Reuters via CNN

Bush Uses Good Economic News for Tax Cut Message reg NY Times / David Stout

Head of SEC in Boston steps aside Reuters via MSNBC

Mutual Funds Under Fire Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

The China Colossus Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

MO: Grocery workers gained respect, though little else St Louis Post Dispatch / Repps Hudson

Toward a Stronger Europe in the Global Economy International Monetary Fund / Horst Köhler

UK: Bank of Ireland boosts UK institutional team Investment and Pensions Europe

UK: Unions sue UK government over pensions Investment and Pensions Europe

Bush to be asked to pay for SoCal fires United Press International / Hil Anderson

Housing now less affordable Inman News

Borrowers cut monthly payments Inman News

Depression Impression National Review / Bruce Bartlett

A better ballot? Christian Science Monitor / Mary Wiltenburg

The Bear's Lair: No compass for money United Press International / Martin Hutchinson

PA: Rendell’s Folly National Review / Paul Gessing

Dealers Have Lots on Hand reg LA Times / John O’ Dell

Spitzer warns mutual funds of 'pain' ahead FT / David Wells

Dollar at month high against euro after ISM FT / Jennifer Hughes

Germany and France accused over EU rules FT / George Parker

In Vietnam, a Fragile Trust in Private Banks reg FT via LA Times / Amy Kazmin

The exotic doctor calls it a day The Economist

Canada: Bankruptcy's the quick fix National – Financial Post / Jonathan Chevreau

U.S. Auto Sales Weaken as Summer Boom Fades Reuters via Fox News

Scams target elderly desperate for profits AP via Washington Times

IL: Little holiday cheer for job seekers Chicago Sun Times / Francine Knowles

Keeping up and falling behind Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Cecil Johnson

U.S. and China Can Avoid Collision on Trade Bloomberg / Gene Sperling

Gas Prices at Pump Hit Lowest Levels Since Late July Reuters via Fox News

Borrowing plan would be largest amount ever for a quarter AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Jeannine Aversa

U.S. dollar sinks despite lip service National - Financial Post / Peter Morton

Senators seek reforms in mutual fund industry Baltimore Sun / Paul Adams and Bill Atkinson

Businesses to the rescue? CNN / Mark Gongloff 

UK: Will Trichet's charm protect the euro? BBC News / Quentin Sommerville

The fall -- and rise -- of a topnotch bond fund Morningstar via MSNBC / Eric Jacobson

U.S. homes less affordable in 3Q Reuters via CNN

Strong Should Not Survive Forbes / Dan Ackman

Canada's Manley Will Project C$2.3 Bln Surplus for Fiscal 2004 Bloomberg

CA: Luxury home sales rising in Silicon Valley Mercury News via Silicon / Sue McAllister

Treasuries Fall After Manufacturing Index Rises for October Bloomberg

Dean proposing Fannie Mae-like loan entity Washington Business Journal / Kent Hoover

Job-Creation Schemes Don't Work Ludwig von Mises Institute / Richard Teather

UK: Brownomics is about to cost you dear reg Telegraph Money / George Trefgarne

U.S. October ISM Manufacturing Index Rises to 57 From 53.7 Bloomberg

The crisis rumbles on The Economist

CA: Some Brace for Struggle Over Insurance Relief reg LA Times / Kenneth Reich

Construction Surges to Record in Sept. Reuters via ABC News

US Air's Woes Infect Pittsburgh Airport Bonds Bloomberg / Doron Levin

PA: Survey finds improvement in commercial office vacancy rate Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Ron DaParma

Deep in Debt, Caught in a Net Safehaven / Hans F. Sennholz

Hedge Funds Face More Regulation After SEC Probes Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Russia: Timing of Raid Raises Eyebrows Moscow Times / Valeria Korchagina

Russia: Potanin: Yukos Problem Didn't Fall From Sky Moscow Times / Lyuba Pronina

Australian Sept. Retail Sales Rise for Ninth Month Bloomberg

A close look at who wins when banks go a-courting Christian Science Monitor / David Francis

For mutual-fund clients, a question of confidence Christian Science Monitor / Clayton Collins

All eyes on U.K. amid pressure to raise rises International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Western firms wary amid Russia oil fight NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Neela Banerjee

How money changes hands in deflationary Japan Japan Times / Noriko Hama

U.S. Treasuries Set to Fall a 2nd Straight Week, Survey Shows Bloomberg

Buffett, Soros, Gross Have Nothing on Tokyo Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

Dollar May Advance Against Euro and Yen, Bloomberg Survey Shows Bloomberg

Tax Cutter's Boom Investor’s Business Daily




Today Putnam, tomorrow the rest The Economist

Pennies on a volcano The Economist

Canada: Morgan Keegan heads north National – Financial Post / Barry Critchley

International Versus Domestic Auditing of Bank Solvency International Monetary Fund / Andrew Feltenstein and Roger Lagunoff

CA: Dairies are liquid gold for state, study finds Sacramento Bee / Mike Lee

UK: Shops and factories signal rate rise Guardian Observer / Charlotte Denny

Outsourcing of jobs continues to hinder economic recovery Boston Globe via Ohio Beacon Journal / Hiawatha Bray

Canada Bonds Gain on View Bank of Canada May Cut Interest Rates Bloomberg

Memphis Utility Plans Record Deal Bond Buyer / Tedra DeSue

Municipal Mutual Fund Pricing Appears to Be in SEC Crosshairs Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Purpose of "Gold" Gold-Authentic Money via Safehaven / Julian D. W. Phillips

The real college-cost story has been ignored National Review / Neal McCluskey

A day chock full of scandal MSNBC / Jon Bonné

Auto sales down third month in row Toronto Star / Rick Westhead

Nasdaq Closes At 22-Month High Hartford Courant

Job Market Remains A Lingering Concern Washington Post / Jerry Knight

U.S. retailers are forecasting growth in holiday sales Bloomberg via Morning Call / Greg Wiles

Canada: Strong U.S. manufacturing clips high-flying loonie Toronto Star / Malcolm Morrison

IL: City looks at bond backing for Block 37 Chicago Sun Times / David Roper and Fran Spielman

CA: State treasurer calls for CalPERS, CalSTRS to drop Putnam Investments AP via San Diego Union Tribune

Brown attacks EU economic record FT / George Parker

NAFTA's shop-floor impact Christian Science Monitor / Kris Axtman

Merger math: 13 million missing? Charlotte Observer / Amber Veverka

Challenger Job-Cut Report Econoday via Nasdaq

U.S. Voters to Decide on Governors, Mayors and Bonds Bloomberg

Let's Hear It for the Folks Who Are Working Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

MA: Taxachusetts Robs Lawyers Who Helped It Rob the Tobacco Industry Newsmax

Frank Quattrone to face retrial CBS.Market Watch via IWon / Luisa Beltran

US Treasuries up as layoff data sows payroll doubt Reuters / Ros Krasny

Little fear after fire San Diego Union Tribune / Emmet Pierce

71 American firms ignore Cuban embargo, flock to Havana for trade fair South Florida Sun Sentinel / Vanessa Bauzá

MA: Romney's budget honcho sees proof of Mass. economic woes Boston Herald / Elisabeth J. Beardsley

Dollar strong as short positions are unwound FT / Jennifer Hughes

Builders construct tenacious lobby Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

Make Baghdad Pay reg NY Times / Mark Medish

SEC wades through a mutual-fund 'cesspool' USA Today / John Waggoner, Christine Dugas and Thomas A. Fogarty

AZ: Job growth likely soon Arizona Republic / Jonathan J. Higuera

Russia: Deutsche Bank Buys UFG Stake Bloomberg and Moscow Times

Russian oil giant Yukos puts American in charge Reuters via Houston Chronicle

How Recessions Become Depressions Ludwig von Mises Institute / Sean Corrigan

U.S. Treasuries Pare Losses, Cutting 10-Year Yield to 4.35% Bloomberg

Who can we trust in times like these? Denver Post / Al Lewis

Bush Knows How Election-Year Markets Can Fool You Bloomberg / Chet Currier

The Ok Economy Financial Sense Online via Prudent Bear / Jim Puplava

Savings Bond Interest Rates Cut reg LA Times / Tom Petruno

Retirement storm clouds CNN / Walter Updegrave

Former Prudential Brokers Charged in Trading Probe Bloomberg

Japanese Bonds Decline as Stock Rally Reduces Demand for Debt Bloomberg

Asian Bonds Gain, Paced by Utilities as Economy Grows Bloomberg

BOJ Should Stop Enabling Japan's Addictions Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

OPEC reasserts grip on oil supplies as global demand rises International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

New alliances alter balance of global trade NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Larry Rohter



AZ: Fox pushes his agenda in Arizona Yuma Sun / Louie Villalobos

Money-Conscious Voters Stick to Basics on Policy Questions Bond Buyer / Richard Williamson

A Tough Day for Bonds Bond Buyer / Elizabeth Varvlin

General Motors to make, sell Cadillacs in China AP via Morning Call / Elaine Kurtenbach

PA: Loss of young college grads isn't a brain drain exactly Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

WTO expects world trade to rise by a disappointing 3 percent in 2003 AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Naomi Koppel

France, Russia told Saddam he could block US assault Guardian via Taipei Times

EU: Baltic states say will be ready to join EU on Time AFP via EU Business

Charter to sell 10-year notes to pay bank debt Seattle Post Intelligencer / Jenniffer Itzenson and Terence Flanagan

OH: October bankruptcies set record Toledo Blade / Gary T. Pakulski

TX: Shaky Russian oil firm's new board has Texas ties Houston Chronicle / Rebecca Santana

CA: Treasurer Urges Upgrade for Grid reg Bloomberg via LA Times

Canada: CIBC caught in SEC's mutual fund crackdown National - Financial Post / Keith Kalawsky

Feds Charge Scrushy With Life Of Crime Forbes / Dan Ackman

What will Greenspan say? Reuters via CNN

Illegally in U.S., and Never a Day Off at Wal-Mart reg NY Times / Steven Greenhouse

Snow Says Economy Shows `Real Muscle,' May Add Jobs Bloomberg

Martha: I'm No Enron Newsday / Patricia Hurtado

Financial Education in a Dynamic Banking Environment Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. / Donna Gambrell

Different cities, different pay scales CNN / Leslie Haggin Geary

So much for getting the message Forbes / Virginia Citrano

Interest rate increase boosts Aussie FT / Neil Dennis

Brazil, IMF to Agree on $14 Billion Loan Accord Bloomberg

Canada's Dollar Holds Near Its Lowest Level in Almost a Month Bloomberg

NY: Study: NJ Economy Gains at Expense of NYC, LI Newsday / Randi Marshall

How Russian Oil Tycoon Courted Friends in U.S. reg NY Times / Timothy L. O’Brien

Putin denies Yukos license threat BBC News

Reed’s rejig The Economist

King May Be Bank of England's `Nasty' Governor Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Free Trade Fall Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

EU slaps $200m tariff on US imports BBC News

Russian companies rush to market BBC News

Existing condo sales smash record Inman News

Refi share of activity drops to 51% of total applications last week Inman News

CA: Unhealthy trend? reg Orange County Register / Nancy Luna

U.S. corporate bond new issues Reuters via Yahoo

Desirable Deficits National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Job market may be slipping Dallas Morning News / Victor Godinez and Danielle DiMartino

Eurozone Unemployment Remains Steady AP via Aberdeen News

Treasury has no plans to revive 30-year bond Reuters via Yahoo

Dollar Reaches 5-Week High Versus Euro as Services Index Rises Bloomberg

The Case of the Paparazzi Ludwig von Mises Institute / Erich Mattei

US to Sell $57 Bln in Debt Refunding Reuters via ABC News

Russia threatens to strip oil giant of licenses AP via Toronto Star / Vladimer Isachenkov

Bankers expect bigger bonuses Reuters via MSNBC

NYSE names candidates for new board FT / Phil Davis

October’s Job Cuts Soar 125% NY Post Paul Tharp

U.S. September Factory Orders Rise 0.5%; Ex-Trans. Rise 0.6% Bloomberg

U.S. October ISM Service Economy Index Rises to 64.7 vs 63.3 Bloomberg

Two Different Worlds (We live in...) Pimco / Bill Gross

University of Virginia Loves Hedge Funds, More May Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Aussie driven higher by RBA interest rate rise FT / Neil Dennis

Hungary: Central Bank wins bond-trading rights Bloomberg via Budapest Business Journal

Market drives workers to self-employment Knight Ridder via Tallahassee Democrat / Victor Godinez

KS: Workers object to costly insurance Wichita Eagle / Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor

Russia: Battle for Russian Gold Draws Western Miners Reuters via Moscow Times / Maria Golovnina

France Agrees to Try Harder; Europe Delays Deficit Vote reg NY Times / Paul Meller

Snow denies weak-dollar policy Japan Times

Report Sees Vast Needs for Energy Capital reg NY Times / Jeff Gerth

Tyco, the Conglomerate, Now Suggests That Less Is More reg NY Times / Barnaby J. Feder

Bush under pressure to intervene over Yukos FT / Guy Dinmore

EU talks tough in U.S. trade spat International Herald Tribune / Brian Knowlton

Bigger paydays for many traders International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Russia: IEA: Russia Must Invest $1 Trillion In Energy Reuters via Moscow Times

OPEC Rejects Moscow Call for Output Hike Reuters via Moscow Times

Investors deterred by tax debate in Germany Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Australian Central Bank Raises Rates Qtr Point to 5% Bloomberg




Nobody sues in a bull market National – Financial Post / Jonathan Chevreau

Angelides: Deficit Bonds A Bad Idea California Treasurer Warns Gov.-Elect Bond Buyer / Rich Saskal

Is the Bear in Long-Term Hibernation? Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

The Jobless Recovery Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Remarks by Chairman Alan Greenspan Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Fed's Guynn sees balanced growth CBS Market Watch / Rex Nutting

Analysis: It's embezzlement, stupid! United Press International / Martin Hutchinson

Fund investors to hear of possible refunds soon Reuters via USA Today

When part-timers seek full-time work MSNBC / Martin Wolk

The New Inflation Hedges Forbes via Yahoo / Ari Weinberg

Putin's summit disappointment United Press International / Roland Flamini

Calif. treasurer fears losing debt market access Reuters via Yahoo / Michael Kahn

Fewer Californians can afford homes Inman News

Rethinking Milton Friedman reg NY Times / Virginia Postrel

Greenspan Hints Era of Very Low Rates May Be Nearing End reg NY Times / Edmund Andrews

Stores Follow Wal-Mart's Lead in Labor Washington Post / Greg Schneider and Dina ElBoghdady

WA: King County home-sale closes climb 50 percent in October Seattle Times / Kristina Shevory

Greenspan Backs a Eurex Invasion Business Week via Yahoo / Joseph Weber

Power of Organized Labor in L.A. Rests in Sacramento, Not in Disrupted Consumers reg LA Times / Michael Hiltzik

Greed, rigging ruin investors' last stronghold Arizona Republic / Jon Talton

CO: Colorado's service sector still shrinking Rocky Mountain News / Allison Linn

A flood of red ink The Economist

Playing different games The Economist

UK: Catching the euro forgers BBC News / Shirin Wheeler

UK: How far will interest rates have to rise? BBC News / Steve Schifferes

Canada: Home sales hit — what else? — a record Toronto Star / Tony Wong

Australia, U.K. First In (First Out?) on Rates Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

UK: The interest rate squeeze starts The Economist

A nation apart The Economist

Stupid index tricks CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Mess at Strong Makes Reform of Fund Boards a Must Bloomberg / Chet Currier

IN: Economist says jobs to return to state Indianapolis Star / Norm Heikens

U.S. corporate bond new issues Reuters via Yahoo

Abernathy Says Fannie, Freddie Mac Can't `Melt Down' Bloomberg

Lenders scramble for home-buying borrowers Inman News

Fannie Mae's $4 million man Inman News

Wall Street still looking for diversity CBS Market Watch / David Weidner

Creative destruction CNN / Justin Lahart

A Payoff For Putin Washington Post / Jim Hoagland

White House official-Fannie, Freddie subsidy risky Reuters via Yahoo

New NYSE Plan “Not Enough”: Critics NY Post / Jenny Anderson

NY: Grim News: NYC Loses 47,000 Jobs NY Post / Paul Tharp

Fed chief nixes targets on his watch Chicago Sun Times / Robert Novak

US Treasury to sell $32 bln bills Monday Reuters via Yahoo

German Unemployment Falls, Factory Orders Rise Bloomberg

Russia: Nevzlin Wins Israeli Citizenship Moscow Times / Caroline McGregor

The U.S. Dollar and the Trade Deficit: What Accounts for the Late 1990s? IMF / Benjamin Hunt and Alessandro Rebucci

UK: Reuters 'sorry' for cribbing figures reg UK Telegraph / David Litterick

Dollar jumps to one-month high as jobless fall FT / Jennifer Hughes

Production work boosts economy Seattle Post Intelligencer / Paul Nyhan

Is The US Economy Overheating? Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Chad Hudson

Retailers' nightmare before Christmas CNN / Parija Bhatnagar

Where Credit Is Due / Ronald Fink

Treasuries Soothed by Patient Greenspan Reuters via ABC News / Wayne Cole

Rising to the Occasion National Review / Larry Kudlow

Greenspan Says Odds `Increasingly Favor' Job Creation Bloomberg

Deficit Won't Require Sale of New Bonds Washington Post / John Berry

In Monetary Affairs, Crisis Follows Crisis Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Mayer

Asia's Fear: China's Undercooking Its Books Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

A message from England CNN / Justin Lahart

NY: Hamptons: High-End Market Lagging Newsday / Christian Murray

TX: Apartment rents, occupancy drop Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrea Jones

Greenspan welcomes exchange competition FT / Jeremy Grant

Japan: Monetary base up 20.6% in October Japan Times




N.Y. Tobacco on Deck Bond Buyer / Martin Braun

Economic uptick not a 'job miracle' Inman News / Lou Barnes

Canada: Retail, housing on tap Globe and Mail / Terry Webber

Argentina Sued for $172 Mln by NML Over Bond Default Bloomberg

The Evolution to an All-encompassing Credit Bubble Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Doug Noland

Russia's Big Oil dripping red, white and blue Houston Chronicle / Rebecca Santana

Donaldson, Reed Deliver The Bad News Forbes / Ari Weinberg

'Buy America' provision is dropped from US bill FT / Marianne Brun-Rovet

Lop party politics from economic recovery Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

NC: Self-employment rises as job market struggles reg Charlotte Observer / Charles Lunan

German government reforms vetoed BBC News

Russia fears $13bn capital flight after Yukos FT / Arkady Ostrovsky

Buffett's Berkshire Third-Quarter Profit Rises 58% Bloomberg

Consumer debt jumps in September AP via USA Today

Japan's big day CNN / Justin Lahart

Greenspan's `Bet' on Jobs Pays Off at the Track Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

New tax-free savings accounts are the next Bush push National Review / John Hood

House-hunting on $1 million budget CNBC via MSNBC

A bold vision for the Middle East The Economist

Bond yields hit 7-month highs CNN

Funded systems better for economy - Deutsche Investment and Pensions Europe

Not Enough Tradesmen After Calif. Fire AP via ABC News

M3 Growth and Stocks Zeal via Safehaven / Adam Hamilton

U.S. Underwriting Remains Above $2 Trillion, Says SIA Institutional Investor

Dollar jumps as data boost jobs sentiment FT / Jennifer Hughes

Overnight interest rates up, benchmark bond up Inman News

New White House Fire for Fannie, Freddie Washington Post / David S. Hilzenrath

For Crying Out Loud NY Post / Paul Tharp

Now Humbled, Wall Street Gives Trust a Chance NY Post / Jenny Anderson

FICC May Move To 15-Minute Price Format Institutional Investor / Matt Strickberger

Taiwan: Capital flows `need watching' Taipei Times / Joyce Huang

Picking economy up and running with it Knight Ridder via Miami Herald / Ken Moritsugu

State Treasurers Will Flex Muscle at Waldorf Summit Bloomberg / Joe Mysak 

The Abstinence Theory of Interest Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert Murphy

Treasury 2-Yr Yield Reaches Highest Since December as Jobs Rise Bloomberg

Freddie, Fannie pose big risk, says Bush economist Bloomberg via Omaha World Herald

Borrowing From The House Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Teresa McUsic

Brazil Scores Again With $14 Billion From the IMF Bloomberg / David DeRosa

Treasuries May Fall After Jobless Claims Drop Near 3-Year Low Bloomberg

More signs of a global rebound International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Grasso feared losing windfall, directors say NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Landon Thomas, Jr.




Bush owes Keynes a vote of thanks Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Avrum D. Lank 

China: Foreign trade volume likely to hit $800 bln in 2003 Peoples Daily

25% of brokers break law: SEC NY Post / Jenny Anderson

The FDA criticizes Illinois governor's plan to get state's drugs from Canada AP via St Louis Post Dispatch

MN: Mortgage industry jobs slip away  Minnesota Star Tribune / Jim Buchta

Country relies too much on regressive payroll tax Chicago Sun Times / Robert Walker

Energy Suppliers Bracing for Volatile U.S. Winter Reuters via Fox News

Miraculous Growth of Money Safehaven / Hans F. Sennholz

The Steroid Economy Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Putnam clients pull $9.7 billion Bloomberg via Miami Herald / Tim Quinson

U.S. Treasury's Snow sees more job growth ahead Reuters via Yahoo

CA: Grocers, union agree to meet San Diego Union Tribune / Frank Green

Japan: Economic assessment raised on business confidence boom Japan Times

Canada: A job report only a bureaucrat can love National – Financial Post / Jacqueline Thorpe

Knowledge of wrongs was rampant AP via Seattle Times / Rachel Beck

Hard to please CNN / Justin Lahart

CO: Bankruptcy filings hit record for year Denver Post

Dollar Has Second Weekly Advance Against Euro on Growth Signs Bloomberg

At Last, 'Good News' On Jobs, Economy Newsday / James Toedtman and Randi Marshall

CA: U.S. jobs picture brightens Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler




WI: Long Term Joblessness Persists Green Bay Press Gazette / Brian Tumulty

Bond bear market as economy picks up FT / Jenny Wiggins

KS: Hopeful for holidays Retailers aren't sure if national economic gains will help holiday sales locally Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Wal-Mart's rewriting the rules and dominating the world's supply chain San Antonio Express Courier / Melissa Monroe

Japan: Ruling coalition retains power United Press International / Hiroshi Yamazaki

CA: Out of the ashes LA Daily News / Barbara Correa

PA: How to spark the economy, Mr. Mayor Philadelphia Inquirer / Don Steinberg

Gold remains a precious, precarious investment Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Paul Gores

Bumper crop of oranges, but who will eat them? Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Patti Bond

Guard Dogs Without Teeth reg NY Times / Patrick McGeehan

Where there's hope, there's a caution flag for investors Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Preview: A bumpy road to global recovery FT / Chris Flood

States' Tobacco Settlement Has Failed to Clear the Air reg LA Times / Myron Levin

A Strikingly Different Future for Grocers reg LA Times / James Flanigan

Free trade pact talks 'useful' BBC News

Deficit Cures May Crimp Your Own Budget Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Greg Ip

Are You an Austrian? Ludwig Von Mises Institute via Lew Rockwell

Capitalizing On Christmas Washington Post / Peter S. Goodman

Don't Panic, But Start Selling Washington Post / James Glassman

Financial World's Scandals Keep Spreading Washington Post

Give 'Em The Customer Treatment Financial Methods / Michael Cale 

CEOs Are Ridiculed for Huge Salaries: Why Aren't Athletes and Entertainers? Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

UK: Brown raises stakes in long game Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

UK: Housing: still a dead cert? Guardian – Observer / Faisal Islam

UK: A director at 30? The right father helps Guardian – Observer

Two-timed by the fund industry, will investors learn to love again? Minnesota Star Tribune / Ross Levin

Cheap Seats at Broad and Wall reg NY Times / Floyd Norris

Despite Jobs Spurt, Executives Remain Cautious reg NY Times / Edmund Andrews

Terrorism's Cost in a Global Economy reg NY Times / Alan Cowell

Russia's Oil Industry, Caught in a Tug of War reg NY Times / Conrad De Aennle

Greenspan challenged politicos to ease the worries of boomers Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory Drahuschak

Lula renews call for fairer trade BBC News

California on the eve of the new Arnold era Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Is golden moment coming? reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns




Are They All Crooked? Time / Jyoti Thottam

Rising inside sales a gloomy cloud Globe and Mail / Mathew Ingram

Your home: Worst-case scenario CNN / Sarah Max

The Crisis Facing Defined Benefit Pension Plans Pimco / James F. Moore, PhD

Caught in the pull of globalization Mercury News via / Aaron Davis and Margaret Steen

Freelancing may be replacing the traditional lifetime job Dallas Morning News via St. Louis Post Dispatch / Victor Godinez

MN: Why do so many cities want a multi-billion-dollar industry to disappear? Minnesota Star Tribune / Scott Lambert and Alyssa Schlander

MN: Vacancy rates climbing in downtown Minneapolis office market Minnesota Star Tribune / Terry Fiedler

CA: On Rodeo Drive, Rents Jump 20% as Leases Pick Up LA Times / Roger Vincent

Flat-Tax Comeback National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Government civil fraud recoveries reach $2.1 billion in fiscal 2003 San Diego Union Tribune / Curt Anderson

The Dissonance of “Harmony” National Review / Larry Kudlow

Tech Bubble II? National Review / James Glassman

Citigroup Cuts Lending to Brazil for Sixth Quarter Bloomberg

Euro forgeries soar BBC News / Shirin Wheeler

UK house price growth 'slowing' BBC News

U.S. Says $700M of Online Bonds Opened AP via Washington Post / Jeannine Aversa

Bank of England May Raise Interest Rates Again in First Quarter Bloomberg

EU hit list: From yachts to squeegees FT

Bush foreign policy 'is creating risks for US companies' FT / Stephen Fidler and Mark Huband

US Treasury holdings top $1,000bn FT /  Päivi Munter and Henny Wiggins

Outsourcing is ... IN Boston Globe via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Chris Gaither

More retirees still paying mortgages USA Today / Thomas Fogerty

Revision: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Federal Reserve

Consumers pack it on CNN

Florida growers wary of Brazil's thriving citrus industry South Florida Sun Sentinel / Doreen Hemlock

Argentina in a War of Words With Creditors FT via La Times / Alan Beattie and Adam Thomson

Brazil Sees Rise in Illegal Mining for Gold in Rivers FT via La Times / Raymond Colitt

EU, Japan Get WTO Clearance to Sanction U.S. on Steel Bloomberg

Small U.S. companies look to penetrate Cuban market reg Reuters via Chicago Tribune / Anthony Boadle

CA: State of debt San Francisco Chronicle

States Pay for Jobs, but It Doesn't Always Pay Off reg NY Times / Louis Uchitelle

G-10 Central Bankers `More Convinced' About Recovery Bloomberg

Canadian Dollar Rises on Speculation Target Rate Won't Be Cut Bloomberg

Germany’s lower house passes hedge fund law Investment and Pensions Europe

Australia's Economy Makes Dollars and Sense Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

As the U.S. Goes, So Goes Britain Ludwig von Mises Institute / Grant M. Nülle

U.S. Treasury names new chief of staff Reuters via Yahoo

Hedge Fund Field Day NY Post / Christopher Brown

Investors whisper about skimming on Wall Street Knight Ridder via Detroit Free Press / Harriet Johnson Brackey

US job picture brightens, but it's not likely to boom Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis 

With Cash Tight, States Reassess Long Jail Terms NY Times via IWon / Fox Butterfield

WTO appeals panel confirms U.S. steel duties are illegal AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Naomi Koppel

Corporate/Agency Bonds Community Events Calendar Reuters via Yahoo

UK: Bradford & Bingley reduces bond Issue Evening Standard via This Is Money

Market Commentary Prospector Asset Management via Safehaven / Leonard Kaplan

U.S. Treasuries May Fall for Third Week on Jobs Gains, Supply Bloomberg

Purcell, Paulson, O'Neal Woo China in Search for Banking Fees Bloomberg 

U.S. Cries Foul Over Latest Ban on Poultry Reuters via Moscow Times

Retail Sales Slowed in October: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg



A political miscalculation stamped in steel at White House USA Today / Walter Shapiro

WI: Home-buying market still on fire Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Michele Derus

Ineffective Steel Tariffs Now Illegal, Too Forbes / Dan Ackman

Schwarzenegger mulls record bond issue for Calif. Reuters / Michael Kahn

Cold steel The Economist

Will B Of A Bomb The Bond Market? Corporate Financing Week via Institutional Investor

Edison Plans Bond Deal To Refinance Loans Loan Market Week via Institutional Investor / Peter Thompson & M.J.S.

Nuns want change in Cisco pay San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

MSRB Focus This Week Is Real Time Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

High density best for population growth Inman News

A tale of two Citis The Economist

Where's the Outrage? Washington Post / Allan Sloan

U.S.'s Snow says steel issue in White House hands Reuters via Yahoo / Glen Somerville

Fannie aims to tap Asian private wealth FT / Francesco Guerrera

A Couple’s $80,000 Lesson In Dealing With Wall Street NY Post / John Crudele

China Trade Policy's Ripple Effect Washington Post / Peter S. Goodman

Jobs boom unlikely until 2008 United Press International via Washington Times

US goods set to double in price as Europe plans huge trade war UK Independent via Prudent Bear / Stephen Castle

CA: State Awaits Fate of Steel Tariff LA Times / Marla Dickerson

TX: Poor credit can still raise insurance rates -- for now Houston Chronicle / Clay Robinson

EU: Brussels unveils transport investment spree AFP via EU Business

NYSE chief wants compensation 'superfund' FT / Andrei Postelnicu, Lionel Barber and Vincent Boland

China's fast-paced consumption to cause equity shift Houston Chronicle Scott Burns

US considers severe new steel penalties FT / Edward Alden

Is 6% as good as it gets? CNN / Mark Gongloff

UK trade deficit widens sharply BBC News

New Zealand enjoys a booming economy Universal Press International via Washington Times

How not to fix it National – Financial Post / Terence Corcoran

$7 trillion industry built on investors' pooling money Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

How watchdogs on boards may have divided loyalties Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Is there a jobless recovery? BBC News / Stephen Evans

WA: Taxes will top 2004 election menu Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

You can't phone 'em, so go out to see 'em AP via Clarion Ledger

Putnam lost $14B in two weeks: Customers withdraw amid scandal Boston Globe / Jon Chesto

Some say stale pricing the real issue in mutual fund world AP via Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Strong may face criminal charges AP via CNBC / MSNBC

Some experts skeptical about US economic rebound despite solid data AFP via Yahoo and Prudent Bear

Chicago Merc adds independent board CBS Market Watch / Steve Gelsi

Misery loves company CBS Market Watch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

Dollar, growth bets likely losers in any trade war Reuters via Forbes / Burton Frierson

Is Putin self-destructing? Taipei Times / Anders Aslund

Why Scandalized Fund Investors Haven't Bolted Yet Bloomberg / Chet Currier 

 Consumer Sovereignty: What Mises Meant Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert Murphy

Chinese Face Trial in U.S. for Economic Espionage Newsmax

A shortened boom? CNN / Justin Lahart

Yen lower after BoJ suspected of intervention FT / Neil Dennis

 CA: Massive Loan for State Weighed LA Times via / Evan Halper and Jeffrey L. Rabin

Canadian dollar inches lower, bond markets closed Reuters via Yahoo

NY: Study Says Local Tax Bite Is Deepest in New York NY Times via / Al Baker

IN: Predictions for holidays run gamut Indianapolis Star / Dana Knight

National Australia 2nd-Half Net Rose 87% to A$2.1 Bln Bloomberg

As its factories pick up speed, China aids a global recovery International Herald Tribune / Thomas Crampton




Congress to give $1.2 billion to Amtrak Reuters via Yahoo

EU To Microsoft: This Time We Really Mean It Forbes / Dan Ackman

Workforce housing shortage grows Inman News

Crude oil rises 18 cents to $31.33 a barrel Reuters via Houston Chronicle

Canadian Dollar Reaches 10-Year High as Traders See No Rate Cut Bloomberg

US SWAPS-New corporate issues drag spreads tighter Reuters via Yahoo

Trade offers promise, pain Washington Business Journal

Fed will raise rates ... but when? CNBC - MSNBC / Martin Wolk

Agricultural giant key to trade talks AP via Seattle Times / Alan Clendenning

Gold Soars to Seven-And-A-Half Year High Reuters via Prudent Bear / Alden Bentley

The Bank of New York Ranked Top Debt Trustee for the First Nine Months of 2003 Business Wire via Stockhouse

FL: Miami-Dade Likely to Suspend Chapman Co. Over Indictments Bond Buyer / Shelly Sigo

FL: Miami business owners prep for trade meeting Miami Herald / Dale K. DuPont

WA: Money for job retraining in short supply in state Seattle Times / Shirleen Holt

Time Warner Directors Make Large Stock Sales Washington Post / David A. Vise

Retailers approaching holiday as though walking on eggs Morning Call / Andrea K. Walker

Credit Suisse opens Moscow office Investment and Pensions Europe

European pension funds stick with alternatives Investment and Pensions Europe

Some government bonds pegged to inflation rate Akron Beacon Journnal

Loonie rises above 77-cent mark CP via Toronto Star / Malcolm Morrison

How Martin could defuse looming trade wars Toronto Star / David Crane

Ford outlook saves day for bonds FT / Adrienne Roberts and Jeremy Grant

USDA: U.S. Soybean Prices to Rise Thanks to Shrinking Supply Reuters via Fox News

Bullish euro challenges dollar as zloty rallies FT / Neil Dennis and Ivar Simensen

The Euro's Run May Be Curbed by U.S. Growth Surge Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Economy may sway '04 race Gannett News Service via Arizona Republic / Mike Madden

Mexico Peso Falls on Industrial Output Drop Bloomberg

Japanese overcome fear of overseas equity FT / David Ibison and Barney Jopson

Treasury secretary thinks recovery may stick around this time Arizona Republic / Russ Wiles

Goldman's Youngdahl Pleads Guilty to Giving Firm Tips in Bond-Trading Case Bloomberg

UK: What the rate rise means to you reg Money Telegraph / James Daley and Paul Farrow

See no evil Boston Globe / Steve Bailey

Supposedly Broke State and Local Governments Keep Padding Their Payrolls Newsmax

Economic rebound leaves CFOs unimpressed United Press International via Washington Times

Bush will pay for this mess that he made Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Problems not new in tariff decisions Philadelphia Inquirer / Harold Brubaker

States getting budgets under control USA Today via / Dennis Cauchon

US Treasury's Snow says time running out on GSE bill Reuters

Ex-Economist at Goldman Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading reg NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Even as Inflation Fears Rise, Rates Remain Oddly Stable reg NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Bank Checking Fees on The Rise Newsday / Tania Padgett

Americans Still See Big Opportunities in Russia reg LA Times / James Flanigan

U.S. Automakers to Export Cars to China AP via Baltimore Sun / John Porretto

US Treasuries rise as market welcomes fresh supply Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

States, Hooked on Smokes, Revive Tobacco Bond Market Bloomberg / Joe Mysak 

Economics and Propaganda Ludwig von Mises Institute / Morgan Reynolds

Euro Gains as Economic Reports Point to a Rebounding Economy Bloomberg

Go long silver, short Fed arrogance – Grant Mineweb via Lew Rockwell / Tim Wood

Blue Christmas? CNN / Justin Lahart

Government Outgrows Cap Set by President Washington Post via Prudent Bear / Jonathan Weisman

Anti-Smoking Programs Underfunded, Group Says Reuters via Yahoo

Treasury secretary notes improvement in business prospects, says more work needed AP via Minnesota Star Tribune

Is a New Gold Standard the Answer? Euro vs. Dollar Currency War Monitor via Safehaven / Alex Wallenwein

Taiwan: WTO did not help cross-strait trade: report Taipei Times / Jessie Ho

Property boom highlights Kabul's wealth gap AFP via Taipei Times

Commerzbank Plans EU2 Bln Writedown, Seeks Capital, People Say Bloomberg

Life after Yukos International Herald Tribune / Barbara Wall

Russia: Costs of Trading Stocks, Bonds to Be Slashed Moscow Times

Russia: Customs Can't Touch Your $10,000 Moscow Times / Ben Hooson

Japanese Bonds Advance on Prospects Economic Growth to Slow Bloomberg

Japan's Election Good for Bonds, Not Stocks Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

Dollar slips vs. euro but rises against yen Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune





Revenge of Wal-Mart 9 San Francisco Chronicle / Debra Saunders

Wal-Mart short on holiday cheer MSNBC / John W. Schoen

CO: Consumers checking selves out more often Denver Post / Kelly Pate Dwyer

IA: U.S. reaps a record corn crop Des Moines Register / Anne Fitzgerald

CA: Arnold’s First Bond Sale Bond Buyer / Rochelle Williams

Huge Korean strike idles Hyundai assembly lines AP via Toronto Star

Canada: Merchandise trade surplus hits $5.6B CP via Toronto Star

Snow says administration will push to simply complex retirement savings rules AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Existing-home sales shatter record Inman News

 Berkshire sells shares in Level 3 Omaha World Herald / Grace Shim

Venezuela Probes Effort to Sell Bogus Bonds Bloomberg

Goldman Merges Credit Derivatives, Bonds, Converts Trading In U.S. Derivatives Week via Institutional Investor / Karen Brettell

GOP Vows Another Overnight Senate Session AP via Cincinnati Enquirer / Jim Abrams

Gold jumps to 7-year high on safe-haven buying FT / Kevin Morrison

Gold - The Weekly Perspective Gold-Authentic Money via Safehaven / Julian D. W. Phillips

Crude rises 57 cents to $31.90 a barrel Reuters via Houston Chronicle

For Many Firms, Jobless Recovery Is a Good Thing reg LA Times / David Streitfeld

IL: Home sales are headed for records reg Chicago Tribune / John Handley

It's time to clean up Boston Globe / Steven Syre

Why Jobs Were So Late reg NY Times / Alan B. Krueger

Pension funds eyeing gold funds, says MLIM Investment & Pensions Europe

Seven Balkan states sign deal to set up free trade area EU Business

Europe debates the future of the countryside as farming declines AFP and EU Business

US Treasuries jump as foreign banks busy at auction Reuters / Ros Krasny

Unemployment hits two-year high in South Korea Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

God, man and growth The Economist

The Wal-Mart effect CNN / Mark Gongloff

The one-handed economist The Economist

Fanning the flames of liberty The Economist

30-year mortgage rates top 6% Reuters via USA Today

NY: City Bank's Mortgage Woes Worry Bidders Newsday / Tania Padgett

Tech workers angry as jobs go overseas San Jose Mercury News and Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Aaron Davis and Margaret Steen

US Corp Bonds-Autos still rallying after Ford news Reuters / Richard Bravo

Political and economic stability The Economist

Ex-Goldman VP: I’m Guilty Newsday / Patricia Hurtado

The Cost of Auto Incentives Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Chad Hudson

Economic report finds Valley residents split on wanderlust LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

Bush Says `Reviewing' Whether to Remove Steel Tariffs Bloomberg

MA: Trades in state pension probed Boston Herald / Jon Chesto

MA: Mass. must borrow $400M for jobless Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

IMF admits mistakes in handling Asian crisis AFP via Business Day / Samantha Brown 

Tobacco money use criticized Louisville Courier Journal / James R. Carroll

Mortgage purchases subside Inman News

Overnight interest rates mixed, benchmark bond down Inman News

Borrowing Big Time . Tim Reason

Fed's Poole Says Low Rates May `Extend Beyond March' Bloomberg 

Do Asset Prices Belong in Central Banker Toolkit? Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Home prices post record gains CNN / Sarah Max

The Proposed U.S. Approach to Regulatory Capital Federal Reserve / Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

Discovering Mises: A Turning Point Ludwig von Mises Institute

Rose-colored glasses CNN / Justin Lahart

China Posts Record Trade Surplus; Inflation Picks Up Bloomberg

Yen Gains on Expectations Economy Grew for Seventh Quarter Bloomberg




Peru Sells $500 Mln of 30-Year Bonds to Fund 2004 Gap Bloomberg

While Flawed, Specialist System Fills a Niche Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Most people won't read this National – Financial Post / Jonathan Chevreau

Wal-Mart spreads retail uncheer National – Financial Post / William Hanley

Perspectives on the Jobless Recovery Federal Reserve Board / Anthony M. Santomero

Is U.S. tech self-destructing? United Press International / Martin Hutchinson

Korea: Banks Still Financially Fragile South Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Koz’s 'Type' of Girl NY Post / Laura Italiano

 Five pension 'myths' National - Financial Post / Moshe A. Milevsky and Mike Orszag

Personal Bankruptcies Jump 7.8 Percent AP via Newsday / Marcy Gordon

CO: Colo. bankruptcy filings up 24% AP via Denver Post / Jon Sarche

KS: Economy sends home foreclosures soaring in Wichita reg AP via Kansa City Star via Prudent Bear / Roxana Hegeman

FL: Low interest rates still lifting Florida home market South Florida Sun Sentinel / Rafael Gerena-Morales

Higher Oil Demand Forecast reg AP via Hartford Courant / Bruce Stanley

Enron: Bankruptcy May End Up Costing $1B AP via Fox News

Wall Mart slump dents recovery NY Post / Suzanne Kapner

The cool-down lap CNN / Mark Gongloff

No need for early rates rise, says Fed official FT / Alan Beattie and Christopher Swann

Moody's cuts Michigan bond ratings to Aa1 from Aaa Reuters

Bonds Rally on Good Auction Results AP via Miami Herald

AL: Jury Hands $11.9B Judgment Against Exxon AP via The State / Phillip Rawls

Tax refunds expected to jump 27% USA Today via Newsmax / Barbara Hagenbaugh

Donaldson facing internal and external challenges at SEC Reuters via Philadelphia Inquirer / Kevin Drawbaugh

Heed investors on tycoon's arrest, Russia urged Boston Globe / Anne Barnard

Prime minister tries to rein in Yukos probe FT / Andrew Jack

Speech by Governor Gramlich on preserving and improving affordable housing Federal Reserve / Edward M. Gramlich

Ben S. Bernanke takes oath of office Federal Reserve

Canada: Exporters coping with high dollar Toronto Star / Steven Theobald 

Personal Bankruptcy Filings Increase AP via Morning Call

No inflation? CNN / Justin Lahart

Casting A Cold Eye On China's GDP Numbers Forbes / Richard Morais

Metro areas post home-price gains Inman News

Gold’s Dust vs. Dusty Gold Gary North's newsletter via Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Knut Knows Interest Rates National Review / Larry Kudlow 

Michigan sentiment index jumps CNN

Bubble, what bubble? Charlotte Business Journal via Washington Business Journal / Jon Abbett

A Dirty Way To Come Clean Forbes / Dan Ackman

Municipal Bond Outlook for 2004 Is Anxious and Grim Bloomberg / Joe Mysak 

Gloomsters, Ship Sinking, Hold on for Dear Life Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Slower car sales weigh on US economy FT / Christopher Swan 

The Problem of Corporate Greed Ludwig von Mises Institute / Brad Edmonds

US muni bond funds see $198 mln outflows in week Reuters

Treasuries tripped up by price data, Fed caution Reuters

Fed hints rates to stay low CNN

Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Federal Reserve

Dollar Heads for Biggest Weekly Loss Against Euro in Six Months Bloomberg

U.S. Notes Have Weekly Gain; Fed Speakers May Ease Rate Concern Bloomberg

Manager Prospered as Investors Suffered reg NY Times / Floyd Norris

S. Korea, on the Cusp of Strife and Fortune Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

Russia: The Buzz Is About Yukos in Boston Moscow Times / Simon Saradzhyan

Russia: Putin Calms IMF as Prosecutors Turn Up Heat Moscow Times / Valeria Korchagina

Japan: Corporate pension plans on the verge of collapse Japan Times

Trade-deficit fears weigh on the dollar Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Bush adviser says U.S. may face bigger trade deficits International Herald Tribune / Liz Alderman

Russia: Pipeline to China, S. Korea Approved Moscow Times




Job-loss fears lingering Scripps Howard via Rocky Mountain News / Thomas Hargrove and Guido Stempel Iii

Soros and Khodorkovsky Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Whose Gonna Say Uncle??? Market Letters Digest - Treasure Chests via Safehaven / David Petch

Canada: Look west for Canada's next finance minister National – Financial Post / Jacqueline Thorpe

China to succeed in cooling down heated economy: analysts Peoples Daily

Chinese young account for 30 percent of unemployed Peoples Daily

$20B in energy tax breaks Reuters via CNN

Financial experts are wondering what Strong's survival strategies will be Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Kathleen Gallagher

Trade zone issues remain Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

TX: Consumers may see higher beef prices Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Barry Shlachter

TN: Corporate greed cause of job loss, worker says Knoxville News-Sentinel / Rebecca Ferrar

'Job-loss' recovery turning Morning Call / Gregory Karp

Russian Government Will Not Take Over Economy, Putin Says reg LA Times / Kim Murphy

Freddie Mac Narrows List For New Chief reg NY Times / Jonathan D. Glater and Elizabeth Becker

Modest Goals for Meeting on Free Trade reg NY Times / Elizabeth Becker

California's Deficit Expected to Grow Newsmax