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The nation's well-being supersedes political antics St. Paul Pioneer Press / Edward Lotterman

Visa, MasterCard try to charm shoppers, merchants USA today / Theresa Howard 

U.S. T-bonds supported in Asia as rate worry wanes Reuters

Germany prepares for showdown on stability pact FT / Patrick Jenkins and George Parker

New drive for Americas trade zone BBC News

UK: Bank rate rise 'was mistake' Guardian – Observer / Faisal Islam

UK: Love-in over as CBI chief shows teeth Guardian – Observer

Mutual Funds’ Greed Machine Newsweek via MSNBC / Jane Bryant Quinn

Russia: Swiss Open Berezovsky Investigation Moscow Times / Clare Nullis

Euro Upbeat, Dollar Under Pressure Reuters via ABC News / Mariko Hayashibara

Are income trusts today's tech stocks? Toronto Star

KS: Tax breaks in tough times Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

SC: Fewer extra workers hired for crunch time The State /  Tanya Fogg Young

WA: The $3.5 billion sweetener the state has offered Boeing Seattle Times / Drew DeSilver

TX: Austin's economy trying to find balance after tech boom San Antonio Express News / L.A. Lorek

America’s great big challenge Washington Post via MSNBC / Margaret Webb Pressler

Pain adds up: $61 billion Knight Ridder via Tallahassee Democrat / Kristen Gerencher

Foreign exchange markets ignore US economic data AFP via Taipei Times

GM to offer financing in China AP via Taipei Times

Solving the erosion of confidence crisis Toronto Star / Bill Carrigan

Shanghai becomes China's Orlando  AP via Tallahassee Democrat / Christopher Bodeen

IA: Corn Piles Up Des Moines Register / Anne Fitzgerald

Home sales grow in every state, a first since 1983 reg Bloomberg via LA Times

No smooth sailing for offshoring San Francisco Chronicle / John Shinal

Trade battles coming to Miami AP via Knox News / John Pain

40-hour week a dream for many workers Orlando Sentinel via Morning Call / Harry Wessel

Trading between stocks, bonds can help beat inflation Morning Call / Humberto Cruz

Curtain up on Arnold as governor United Press International / Hil Anderson

Time for Santa To Get Real Washington Post / Michelle Singletary

Who is 'Uni-ted' kidding? Denver Post / Al Lewis

Problem child NAFTA turns 10 reg Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

Playing in a Closed Game Washington Post / James Glassman

When Executives Say They Don't Have a Clue reg NY Times / Jeffery Seglin

To Gauge a Recovery, Count the New Workstations reg NY Times / Noam Scheiber

They Support Free Trade, Except in the Case of . . .  reg NY Times / David Rosenbaum

Factories Expand, Employment Improves: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

TN: Tennessee avoids U.S.-EU trade dispute fallout Tennessean / Keith Russell

10,000 is market's latest head game Minnesota Star Tribune / Susan Feyder

Recognize the problem, then fix fund industry Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

UK: Brown holds out hope on trade row BBC News

CA: October median price a record for single-family resales San Diego Union Tribune / Roger M. Showley




Argentina bondholders to start discovery talks Reuters / Hugh Bronstein

Crude oil and natural gas take a plunge Houston Chronicle

Real estate ranks among most overpaid jobs Inman News

US Corp Bonds-End unch, $3 bln supply in spotlight Reuters via Yahoo Nancy Leinfuss

Freddie, Fannie Escape Action on Hill -- for Now Washington Post / David S. Hilzenrath

When the jobs leave, what then? reg Dallas Morning News / Robert Dodge

Miami Trade Talks Hit Their First Snag AP via Aberdeen News / John Pain

TX: Houston’s $3B Question Bond Buyer / Elizabeth Albanese

We Miss Manufacturing The Trendline Trader via Safehaven / Robert Helgason

High-protein diets help ranchers get meaty beef prices AP via Chicago Tribune / Lynn Brezosky

CA: Gold solid again as investors bid up prices Mercury News / David Sylvester

California's Schwarzenegger Calls for Budget Action Bloomberg

Understanding the Costs of Deflation in the Japanese Context International Monetary Fund / Taimur Baig

A club I wouldn't join-I United Press International / Martin Hutchinson

Medicare deal faces tough road United Press International / Martin Hutchinson

SEC must do more to battle cancer on Wall Street Houston Chronicle

Italian pension reform most important step – IMF Investment and Pensions Europe

U.S. Economy: Factory Orders Rise, Inventories Lean Bloomberg

Snow: No trade war threat on steel Reuters via CNN

Singapore GDP jumps 17% as exports surge Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune / Amit Prakash

For many, price before patriotism reg Charlotte Observer / Amy Baldwin

When Pleasure Is About Avoiding Pain Pimco / Paul McCulley

Playing the basis between bonds, default swaps Reuters / Eric Burroughs

WA: Time running out for extended jobless benefits Seattle Post Intelligencer / Paul Nyhan

Learning to shrug off oil shocks CNN

Freddie Mac announces 2004 Reference Notes Securities and Reference Bills Securities Calendar Freddie Mac

Thoughts on Marx, Keynes and the US recession Brookes News / Gerard Jackson

It's the computers' turn to mess up elections Boston Globe / Hiawatha Bray

States' tobacco settlement hasn't cleared the air LA Times via Morning Call / Myron Levin

Factories cranking up production Bloomberg via Morning Call / Carlos Torres

Inherit Merit National Review / Bruce Bartlett

UK employees "losing faith over pensions" Investment and Pensions Europe

Bonds head higher; dollar mixed CNN 

Slaves to the Marshall Myth Ludwig von Mises Institute / D. W. MacKenzie

Inside The Crédit Lyonnais Scandal Institutional Investor / David McClintick

Fraud Charges for Gateway's Former CFO / Stephen Taub

Moody's Zeros In On Corporate Governance At Brokerage Firms Wall Street Letter via Institutional Investor / Evelyn Juan

UK: Hutchison Whampoa sells bonds Evening Standard via This Is Money

Asians Aren't Dumping U.S. Treasuries – Yet Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Regulation Begins at Home reg NY Times / Eliot Spitzer

Improved Economy Doesn't Lead to Popping of Corks in Atlanta reg NY Times / David Leonhardt

Hemisphere Trade Talks in Miami Are Reported to Hit a Bump reg NY Times / Simon Romero

Russia's illness isn't spreading to its neighbours International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Health insurance woes hit U.S. middle class NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Stephanie Strom

Yen Weakens After Nikkei Stock Average Drops Below 10,000 Bloomberg

Japan: Drastic easing of monetary policy urged for Japan Japan Times / Julian Ryall




States inherit power to help regulate funds Knight Ridder via Tallahassee Democrat / Porus P. Cooper

Why good economic news isn't sending stocks soaring Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Bush caught in steel trap Knight Ridder via St. Paul Pioneer Press / Ken Moritsugu

The next big mutual fund scandal CBS Market Watch / Paul Merriman

WTO chief warns of danger in run-up to key December meeting AFP via EU Business

Argentine Industrial Output Surged 2.6% in October Bloomberg

IMF sees no evidence that China yuan undervalued Reuters via Yahoo / Lesley Wroughton

MSRB to Give On Real-Time Requirements Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Retailers are expecting a big Christmas season. Will they be zooming into the black? Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

SC: 3 comments from ... Morgan O. Reynolds The State

CA: Median price for an OC home reaches $440,000 reg Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

Barclays Rebuilding CDO Biz Securitization News via Institutional Investor / Scott Goodwin

Regulators Look at Wall Street's Role in Freddie Mac Reuters via Washington Post

Dollar bruised on fears of U.S. protectionism Reuters via Forbes / Mariko Hayashibara

UK: Bank of England's complacency does nothing to dispell bubble worries something Guardian via Taipei Times / William Keegan

Canada: October record house prices surprise experts CMHC raises outlook National – Financial Post / Garry Marr

Canada: Canadians avoiding foreign bonds: StatsCan CP via Toronto Star

Defensive Donaldson faces Congress MSNBC

Pressure is on the Fed Seattle Times / Stephen Dunphy

FBI Arrests at Least 10 Traders in Investigation, CNN Reports Bloomberg

Consumers borrowed U.S. out of recession Denver Post / Al Lewis

Foreign central banks remain keen on Treasuries FT / Paivi Munter and Jenny Wiggins

NC: U.S Puts quotas on textiles reg Charlotte Observer / Tony Mecia

IL: Fannie Mae to spend $9 billion to create affordable housing Chicago Sun Times / Fran Spielman

IA: Corporate profits to rise, ex-Fed governor Predicts Des Moines Register / Donnelle Eller

Fewer Airline Passengers, but More-Crowded Planes reg NY Times / Alina Tugend

Oil prices soar above $33 a barrel AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Brad Foss

Foreign investors exit U.S. stocks reg Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Three years from global standards FT via Prudent Bear / Francesco Guerrera

Funds and Games reg NY Times / Paul Krugman

GAO says Labor Dept. delays jobless aid AP via Baltimore Sun

FBI raids 2 World Financial Center CNN

Euro reaches lifetime high as dollar slumps FT / Jennifer Hughes

Calpers Scalps Putnam Forbes / Dan Ackman

Everyone’s making money except the customers Economist

Freddie Mac probe widens Reuters via MSNBC

Treasuries briefly edge up after Fed buys coupons Reuters / Ellen Freilech

Dollar Drops to Record Low Versus Euro as Asset Purchases Fall Bloomberg

Blah-Blah-Blah' Currency Policies Must End Bloomberg / William Pesek, Jr.

Where to Stand in Case of a Mutual Fund Stampede Bloomberg / Chet Currier

The Commons and the Tragedy of Banking Ludwig von Mises Institute / Philipp Bagus

Fed's Parry-Can't quibble with market rate outlook Reuters via Yahoo

U.S. mortgage bonds wider on possible prepayments Reuters via Yahoo

Dollar Tumbles as International Investors Buy Fewer U.S. Assets Bloomberg

Costly scandal growing wider Miami Herald / Harriet Johnson Brackey

Trade feud squeezes industries AP via Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Martin Crutsinger

Greenspan, Snow push fund reform Reuters via CNN

Incomes are Falling Hans F. Sennholz via Safehaven / Hans F. Sennholz

An industry littered with casualties The Economist

UK: Inflation eases but remains above BoE target FT / Anna Fifield

US consumer inflation holds steady in October FT / Christopher Swann

Lands of the cautiously rising sun The Economist

Snow Urges G7 Nations to Boost Growth Reuters via Yahoo / Glenn Somerville

MN: St. Paul-Travelers deal creates insurance giant Minnesota Star Tribune / Dee Depass

British warn U.S. on steel tariffs Reuters via International Herald Tribune

Attacks rattle global investors International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Japan: Baby boomer retirees hold key AP via Japan Times

Show some steel, Mr. Bush US News and World Report / Lou Dobbs

Steel tariffs give President Bush a chance to show his mettle reg Business Telegraph / Neil Collins

Ben Stein says Americans aren't saving enough to retire AP via Omaha World Herald




WI: Money pullout at Strong blocked  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Dave Umhoefer

WI: In Strong crisis, Falls sees a pillar of community crumbling Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Richard P. Jones

Bilateral pacts also goal for U.S. Miami Herald / Jane Bussey and Gregg Fields

Oil seen at $30 a barrel for winter Reuters via MSNBC

CSFB Shakes Up MBS Trading Hierarchy Securitization News via Institutional Investor

Inflation Fuels States' Cap Hikes Bond Buyer / Susanna Duff Barnett

Mississippi’s Variable Route Bond Buyer / Shelly Sigo

China says U.S. violates principles of world trade Washington Post via St. Louis Post Dispatch / Peter S. Goodman

At Hollinger, Big Perks in A Small World Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

U.S. Quota on Chinese Textiles Raises Concern About Retaliation Bloomberg

WA: State's jobless rate falls to 7%, but private sector remains sluggish Seattle Post Intelligencer / Paul Nyhan

NY: Median Home Prices Still Rising Newsday / Christian Murray

Baseball: $1.5 billion of debt to be put up for sale reg Bloomberg via Chicago Tribune

Accounting giants are `engine' driving abuse, probe by Senate finds Washington Post via Akron Beacon Journal / Albert Crenshaw

Freddie Mac crowns governance expert Inman News

Canada: Falling energy prices push inflation down CP via Toronto Star

Dollar lifted by suspected BoJ intervention FT / Jennifer Hughes

Beijing denounces US import quotas FT / Mure Dickie and Edward Alden

Colombia Offers Exchange of Up to $250 Mln of Bonds Bloomberg

UK: Old Mutual names bond manager Investment and Pensions Europe

Bank of New York names new Europe chief Investment and Pensions Europe

MN: HO-HO-Holding Bonuses St Paul Pioneer Press

CO: Shiny new Ted plane taxis into Denver Denver Post / Greg Griffin

Anyone Think Inflation Is (Gasp) Understated? Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Brazil Cuts Benchmark Rate to Two-Year Low of 17.5% Bloomberg

Starts swell, but no bubble CNN / Mark Gongloff

EU mulls world trade compromise BBC News

Canada clashes with U.S. on trade deals National – Financial Post / Peter Morton

House passes fund overhaul Reuters via CNN

Treasuries powerless in the face of housing jump Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Treasuries Make Room for Corporate Rush Reuters via Boston Globe

Tightening Time? National Review / Bruce Bartlett

 Circuit City completes sale of credit card unit Washington Business Journal / Jeff Clabaugh

Execs' frills bled Kmart, lawsuit says Detroit Free Press / Greta Guest

Reality Black Out NY Post / Tim Arango

It takes one to know one: Blodget covers Martha trial NY Post / Stephen Lynch

New front in war of words NY Post / Jenny Anderson

PA: Airport traffic up 34 percent in October Morning Call / Jeanne Bonner

NV: Local housing market still hot in October Las Vegas Review Journal / Hubble Smith

CA: Nests nearly full reg Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

Borrowers jump on mortgage bandwagon Inman News

Overnight interest rates down, benchmark bond down Inman News

Schwarzenegger Needs All of California's Bond Buyers Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Measured Reaction to Governor's Bond Plan reg LA Times / James Flanigan

Bush's Budget Betrayal Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Westley

Japan: Panel to urge taxation on rich elderly Japan Times

Russia: Yukos, Market Suffer New Hits Moscow Times / Catherine Belton

Smart Dollars Leave Russia in Wallets Moscow Times / Ben Hooson




Chicago's Schools Plan Over $400M Bond Buyer / Yvette Shields

What Keeps Muni Professionals in the Business Bond Buyer / Nicholas Chesla

The New Deal was no cure-all National Review / Jim Powell

Lenders ready first Mexican mortgage-backed debt FT via Prudent Bear / John Authers

Remarks by Chairman Alan Greenspan Federal Reserve Board

Western Hemisphere Nations Agree on Free Trade Agenda Bloomberg

How hard will the dollar fall? CNN / Mark Gongloff

Pimco on Morgan Stanley list reg Orange County Register / Harriet Johnson Brackey

Compromise on stock options bill calls only for partial listing on expenses San Fran Cisco Chronicle / John Shinal and Carolyn Lochhead

Dollar up vs yen, traders look out for intervention Reuters via Forbes

Fed's Parry says comfortable with accommodative rates Reuters via Yahoo

Brazil takes exception to U.S. Andes talk Miami Herald / Alejandro Landes

FTAA summit ends early as ministers agree to scaled-down plan Miami Herald / Gregg Fields, Andres Oppenheimer and Jane Bussey

U.S. mortgage bond spreads widen as prices rise Reuters via Yahoo

A question of trust MSNBC / Martin Wolk

Emerging Market Policy Reform in 2004 International Monetary Fund / Anne Krueger

IMF questions US claims about revaluing the yuan Reuters via Taipei Times

Heads of IMF and World Bank Call for  Governments to Reengage on World Trade Talks International Monetary Fund

Economic woes leave Schroeder in the doghouse Observer via Taipei Times / Luke Harding

Housing is affordable Inman News / Bradley Inman

Consumers increase home equity borrowing Inman News

Freddie Mac restatements due Friday  Washington Business Journal / Jeff Clabaugh

Central and eastern European leaders start summit meeting AFP via EU Business

Veteran trader now uses screens instead of his voice Chicago Sun Times / David Roeder

Fidelity, Hancock receive subpoenas regarding improper trading Bloomberg via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Eddie Baeb

Cycling to 2004 Washington Post / Robert Samuelson

Bush face’s Europe’s Trade Ultimatum Knight Ridder via Wichita Eagle / Ken Moritsugu

When east meets west The Economist

Boom or gloom? The Economist

Bangalore, Texas The Economist

In the long run we are all broke The Economist

Trade in Americas won't be one size fits all AP via USA today

Which Party in the White House Means Good Times for Investors? reg NY Times / Hal Varian

Good (for nothing) corporate governance National – Financial Post / Finn Poschmann

Canada: If loonie keeps rising, interest rates may have to come down: Dodge CP via and National – Financial Post

CA: Workers' comp: Round 1 Sacramento Bee / Mike Lee

The Nation That Lost Its Jobs, But Got Them Back Ludwig von Mises Institute / Gene Callahan

Exposing Their Dirty Work Newsday / Patricia Hurtado

Currency Fraud Ran Deep, Officials Say reg NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer and William Rashbaum

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve of Philadelphia

Greenspan: Trade Deficits Haven't Hurt Economy Yet AP via Newsday

30-year mortgage rates sink to 5.83% Reuters via USA Today

In dividends we trust Boston Globe / Steven Syre

AK: Report on Alaska economy sees risks Petroleum News via Anchorage Daily News

Venezuela's Central Bank Begins Internal Probe Over Fake Bonds Bloomberg

A Few Cadillacs to China Won't Resolve Trade Fight Bloomberg / Doron Levin

A stagflation forecast CNN / Justin Lahart 

Greenspan sees no dollar plunge CNN

Greenspan Decries 'Creeping Protectionism' Newsmax

U.S. leading indicators rise Reuters via CNN 

Dollar Falls Against Euro, Yen, Pound After Blasts in Turkey Bloomberg

Bush Gets Double `D' in Handling China Bra Flap Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Commentary: The last of the unregulated markets CBS Market Watch / David Callaway

Japanese Oct. Exports Fall for First Month in Seven Bloomberg

Free-trade draft leaves parts optional Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

Canada: Canada grudgingly set to take lighter trade deal Globe and Mail / Steven Chase

Buy This! Buy That! Says Cat in the Hat Washington Post / Caroline E. Mayer

Malaysia: Economy stronger with 5.1% growth in Q3 Malaysia Star

US dollar slides to all-time low against the euro Malaysia Star

A Foreign-Currency Con Newsday / Pradnya Joshi

Russia: GDP Forecast Is Raised for the 7th Time Bloomberg via Moscow Times

Euro's rise over dollar is greeted nervously International Herald Tribune / Eric Pfanner

Japanese October Trade Surplus Unexpectedly Widens Bloomberg




Early release of Beige Book Federal Reserve Board

NY: Shocked—Shocked—by High Taxes City Journal / Steven Malanga

Freddie Mac fails to remove uncertainties FT / Jenny Wiggins

Fat Freddie Mac Forbes Ari Weinberg 

 Wal-Mart to put its name on notebook PCs United Press International via Washington Times

New govs: Deficits are “opportunities” / Jason White

States’ budget squeeze appears to be easing / Pamela M. Prah

CA: Governor: Pass bond or raise taxes San Francisco Chronicle via / Greg Lucas

Japan's Recovering Economy Is Relying Heavily on China reg NY Times / James Brooke

What's in Freddie's black box? Inman News

Low mortgage rates coincide with Chinese export tariffs Inman News / Lou Barnes

Fannie Mae announces new officers Inman News

Canada: The horse is dead National – Financial Post / Malcolm Hamilton

Freddie Mac Restates Profits Higher by $5 Billion Bloomberg

Fed officials see stronger economy, but not rising rates Reuters via USA today

FL: Florida unemployment remains below national rate AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel

Nine-year talks end with softened trade deal National – Financial Post / Peter Morton

Watching Over Freddie and Fannie reg NY Times

Wal-Mart drops Putnam funds Dow Jones via Minnesota Star Tribune / Kathy Chu

Freddie Mac Admits Inflating Profits reg AP via Hartford Courant / Marcy Gordon

Freddie Mac says it overstated earnings by $1 billion AP via Houston Chronicle

It's Here Prudent Bear via Safehaven / Doug Noland

US Corp Bonds-Spreads wider after heavy supply Reuters / Dena Aubin

Bonds Relatively Unchanged AP via Mercury News

CO: Travelers to feast on state Denver Post / Greg Griffin

China Adds Threat to U.S. Trade Tensions reg LA Times / Evelyn Iritani and Warren Vieth

 The dragon binges CNN / Justin Lahart

Fund Reformers Could Put Greenspan Out of a Job Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Americas trade talks end early BBC News / Victoria Harrison

Corporate governance, risk management, and internal controls Federal Reserve Board / Richard Spillenkothen

U.S. States' Deficits Shrink 80% as Economy Grows Bloomberg

Little upside seen for weak dollar FT / Jennifer Hughes

Brazil, Mexico Rise to Records on Growth Optimism Bloomberg

Shortage in China may force imports AP via Wichita Eagle / Elaine Kurtenbach

South Korea economy pulls out of recession FT / Song Jung-a in Seoul

The New York skimmers' sins are no reason to milk the rest of us reg UK Telegraph / Neil Collins

Overnight interest rates up, benchmark bond down Inman News

Canada: Visas one answer to skills shortage The Province via America Economies / Brian Lewis

Bush’s Boudoir Tax National Review / John Hood

Does Greenspan Deserve Another Term? Ludwig von Mises Institute / Joseph T. Salerno

Nantucket, the Preppy Isle, Goes to the Muni Market Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Rethinking the dollar CNN / Justin Lahart

Freddie Mac Restates Profits Higher by $5 Billion Bloomberg

Sell Your Bonds Forbes / Lisa W. Hess

Don't Give Up on Bonds Forbes / Richard Lehmann

China ready to boost duties on U.S. goods AP via Fresno Bee / Stephanie Hoo

Taiwan: Current-account surplus widens 38 percent in Q3 Bloomberg via Taipei Times

The Long-Term Dollar Bear Speculative Investor via Safehaven / Steve Saville

Looking into the Heart of Alan Greenspan Safehaven / Daniel Watkins

GAO Says Big 4 `Oligopoly' Can Hamper Business Bloomberg / Lee Berton

CA: Valley home prices surge 24%; sales at 15-year high LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

An awkward guest The Economist

Freddie To Say It Inflated '01 Profit Washington Post / Kathleen Day and David S. Hilzenrath

Schroeder Says Stronger Dollar Would Benefit Europe and U.S. Bloomberg

Fall in German demand clouds eurozone recovery FT / Tony Major

US Economic Outlook pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Robert T Parry

Fed's Parry Expects U.S. Growth Before Rate Rise Bloomberg

China summons U.S. envoy again over textiles Reuters via Forbes

Russia: Cabinet Sets Key Investments Moscow Times / Alla Startseva

S. Korean Economy Returns to Growth, Led by Exports Bloomberg

Japan: Trade surplus grows 20% to 1.074 trillion yen Japan Times




Inflation far from dead and buried National – Financial Post / Sherry Cooper

A new mess for investors reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Fair Exchange or Daylight Robbery? Lew Rockwell / Sean Corrigan

U.S., China trade tensions escalate CBS market Watch

Utilities Call Off Illinois, ComEd Merger AP via ABC News

Bras, Steel and Bush Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Prediction: The Future of the USA Stock Market Why Stock Markets Crash via Safehaven / Didier Sornette

Fed's Olson says banks slow to move on underwriting Reuters via IWon

KS: Survey: Holiday spending tightens up Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Dollar Falls Second Week on Concern About Current Account Gap Bloomberg

More work to be done, Evans tells governors South Florida Sun Sentinel / Marcia Heroux Pounds

UPS announces rate increases AP via Buffalo News

FL: Florida's unemployment rate falls to almost lowest level since start of recession South Florida Sun Sentinel / Joan Fleischer Tamen

IMF unfreezes key funds for Kenya BBC News

UK: Bonds leave Equitable 'vulnerable' UK Business Telegraph Ian Cowie

China Increases Tax on U.S., Japan Chemical Imports Bloomberg

Taiwan: Cosmos offers cash-advance card bonds Taiwan Times / Joyce Huang

Germany and France plead for easing on strong euro reg UK Business Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Freddie Mac Understated Its Earnings by $5 Billion reg NY Times / Jonathan D. Glater

Trade retaliation threats widen against America Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Sometimes, China loses to Europe NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Mark Landler




Manufactured House Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Sam Spatter

REITs Move Into Mexico Real Estate Finance and Investment / Marianne Nardone

Mortgage lenders rate low on customer service USA Today / John Fogarty

Mutual fund misconduct requires stiffer penalties USA Today

A close call but keep the steel tariffs Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

U.S. supports new Georgian gov't. AP via CBS Market Watch

EU takeover directive threatens new trade rift FT / Daniel Dombey

An Interesting Time to Start a Trade War Bloomberg / David DeRosa

Croatians vote in elections which will decide path to EU AFP via EU Business

EU hopes for peaceful handover in Georgia after Shevardnadze quits AFP via EU Business

Philadelphia Stock Exchange members to vote on new ownership structure AP via NJ Times / Bill Bergstrom

Georgians celebrate Shevardnadze's resignation FT / Tom Warner

Markets look to US data for guidance this week FT / Chris Flood

Factory Orders Bolster Economic Growth: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

Brazil rises to powerful role in trade diplomacy Miami Herald / Jane Bussey

Opponents drop fight on new overtime rules Chicago Sun Times / Alan Fram

Emerging debt to focus on Mexico, Brazil Reuters via Yahoo / Hugh Bronstein

Wall Street’s Top Turkeys in 2003 NY Post / Terry Keenan

Canada: The bumpy road ahead Reuters via Yahoo / Russell Blinch

IA: U.S. grain exporters to pay dearly for labels Des Moines Register / Anne Fitzgerald

India's hi-tech emperor Guardian - Observer / Faisal Islam

Oil traders take profits on fears of disrupted supplies Reuters via Taipei Times

Fiddling with the dollar while EU burns Guardian - Observer / William Keegan

Japan ready to counter US steel tariffs by Nov. 30 AP via Taipei Times

Oil price stability talks planned Reuters via CNN

WTO chief wants December meeting Reuters via CNN

Girth of a nation Washington Post via Wichita Eagle / Margaret Webb Pressler

PA: Reasons to believe Philadelphia Inquirer / Tom Belden

CA: Retailers expect a good - not great -shopping season Oakland Tribune / Eve Mitchell

FBI 'Prince' exposes foreign currency scam Guardian – Observer / Edward Helmore

UK: John Lewis warns of Xmas slump Guardian – Observer / Faisal Islam

Factory Orders Bolster Economic Growth: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

More executive perks go way of the dodo Boston Globe via Arizona Republic

Fed's Stance Looks Bullish Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Igor Greenwald

Back on the Map: Emerging Markets Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Craig Karmin

Fed's Olsen sees 'optimism' Reuters via CNN

A Close call, but keep the steel Tariffs Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

TX: West Africa's new oil economies hold promise, peril Houston Chronicle / David Ivanovich

Market continues to evaluate positive sign for economy Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

An Empire Built on Bargains Remakes the Working World reg LA Times / Abigail Goldman and Nancy Cleeland

Japan Can Lend Money to Regional Banks, Minister Says Bloomberg

Japan plans 30% penalty if U.S. won't drop tariffs AP via Chicago Sun Times

The debate on global trade is long overdue Charlotte Observer / Glenn Burkins

Aren't charges at Strong due? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Kathleen Gallagher and Paul Gores

Jobless recovery remains puzzle to experts, says Nobel laureate Seattle Times / Alwyn Scott

This energy bill is a lump of coal Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Morgan's misdeeds have tangible impact Boston Globe / Chuck Jaffe

Americans putting in long hours Orlando Sentinel via Arizona Republic / Harry Wessel

China will not dump US Treasuries International News Pakistan

How to Make the Deficit Look Smaller Than It Is reg NY Times / Daniel Gross

The War Between The Street and Floor reg NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Don't Be Lulled: Interest Rates Could Be Poised to Leap reg NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer




Global custody market tops $50 trillion – survey Investment and Pensions Europe

Bankruptcies set another record Washington Business Journal / Kent Hoover

A half-million U.S. technology workers lost their jobs in 2002 Bloomberg via Tennessean / Samantha Zee

GOP rolls the dice on Medicare bill MSNBC / Tom Curry

EU to hit US with sanctions on December 6 if WTO steel ruling ignored AFP via EU Business

Brazilian president named top leader by Latin Trade magazine Miami Herald / Christina Hoag

Prenatal Saving LA Daily News / Barbara Correa

IMF Executive Board Reviews the Assessment Program on Offshore Financial Centers International Monetary Fund

UK: The young don't reject politics, just politicians Guardian via Taipei Times / George Monbiot

U.S. to Levy Duties on Chinese TV Imports for Dumping Bloomberg

The bull market for bullion National – Financial Post / Drew Hasselback

UK: Treasury set to have bigger tax policy role FT / Ed Crooks and Andrew Parker

Boeing fires CFO for 'unethical conduct' FT / Caroline Daniel

Benchmark paper falls on investor caution FT / Paivi Munter and Jenny Wiggins

Finance: Time to be defensive about your bonds Reuters via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Linda Stern

Latino Immigrants Ship $30 Billion a Year to Foreign Countries Newsmax

India Loses Work to U.S. Because of Dell Customers' Complaints Newsmax

Things haven't gone as planned after tobacco settlement McClatchy Newspapers via Scripps Howard / James Rosen

A drop in bonuses, but most execs still expect to get something Boston Globe via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Diane E. Lewis

UPI interview with Czech president United Press International / Arnaud de Borchgrave

Investors focus on carry trades as rates stay low Reuters / George Matlock

Analysis: The economy of Georgia BBC News / Andrew Walker

Oil prices take a big tumble Reuters via Houston Chronicle

Rx for a budget bomb? CNN / Mark Gongloff

31 percent of Americans now among the 'tech elite' AP via Boston Globe / Brian Bergstein

Creditors step up pressure on South Korea's LG Group AFP via Taipei Times

US Airways' Ills Loom Large for Alabama Retirees Bloomberg / Doron Levin

Minority of boomers expect an inheritance AP via Houston Chronicle and Prudent Bear / Peter Svensson

Brazil's 2014 Bond Rises to High as S&P Eyes Outlook Bloomberg

General Nutrition to Sell Bonds as Demand Increases Bloomberg

U.S Treasury Bond Prices Lower at midday AP via NY Post

California's State of Uncertainty Business Week via Yahoo / Edward Popper

Tariff Tomfoolery National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Weekend Update Trendline Trader via Safehaven / Robert Helgason

CA: Holiday ho-hum: Consumers curtail spending, look for deals Santa Cruz Sentinel / Karen A. Davis

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bill sale calendar Reuters via Yahoo

Corporate/Agency Bonds Community Events Calendar Reuters via Yahoo

Moody's comments on U.S. federal budget deficit Reuters via Yahoo

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Dollar Bloomberg / Caroline Baum 

Treasuries Drift Off, Quiet Before Storm Reuters

Bonds of Japan banks are in season Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Public campaign financing collapses NY Times via IWon

What's the Over/Under on Freddie Mac? / Stephen Taub

Job demands taking their toll Chicago Tribune via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / T. Shawn Taylor

Economists Predict Strong Growth in '04 AP via Tallahassee Democrat / Martin Crutsinger

Is Taiwan shifting to true independence? Brookes News

The Roots of Governments' Budget Crises Ludwig von Mises Institute / Tibor R. Machan

Freddie Mac Offers Little But More Stalling Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Georgia's Interim President Calls for Order, Interfax Reports Bloomberg

Mexico's Dropout Economy Washington Post / Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan

Developing nations log on to e-sales NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Luis Roberto Rivera

Japan's economic momentum reveals private-sector progress Japan Times Teruhiko Mano

Treasuries May Fall on Signs of Economic Growth, Survey Says Bloomberg

Dollar Poised to Drop for Third Week Versus Euro Bloomberg

Tax the rich heirs - and charities gain Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis




The Gold Price Gold Money Alert via Prudent Bear / Paul van Eeden

Japan banks gain after results CBS Market Watch / Shinichi Terada and Allen Wan

Jury Sees Video of Ex-Tyco CEO Apartment reg Chicago Tribune / Samuel Maull

Bondholder Settlement Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Arduin: State Needs More Than One Plan Bond Buyer / Rochelle Williams

CT: State seniors confused, wary and split over Medicare bill Republican – American / Trip Jennings

CT: Recovery Outlook Weak In State reg Hartford Courant / Barbara Nagy

CO: Ho-ho-hum season for home sales Denver Post / Kristi Arellano

MA: Stir crazy: Bay State spends more on prisons than higher ed Boston Herald via / Ellen J. Silberman

CA: $1 mln homes in hot Calif. market selling fast Reuters via Yahoo

Pentagon investigates fired Boeing worker St. Louis Post Dispatch / Cynthia Wilson

Canada Bonds Rise a 3rd Day in 4 on Speculation Growth May Slow Bloomberg

Survey of Professional Forecasters Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Beginning of the End Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

NY: On LI, Business Still Waiting for Economic Spark Newsday / Randi F. Marshall

Holiday spending may disappoint, survey says Reuters via USA Today

Calif. supermarkets well-stocked despite strikes USA Today

Refuting the Cynics reg NY times / David Brooks

Survey: Car purchases top list of consumer complaints in U.S. AP via Morning Call / Jonathan D. Salant

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stezler

Giving thanks for many financial blessings Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Pensions key for new Spanish government – report Investment and Pensions Europe

China denies economy is overheating FT / Richard McGregor and James Kynge

US banks test the water for German buys FT / Patrick Jenkins, Tony Major and Gary Silverman

Euro slips as EU stability pact falters FT / Ivar Simensen

Budget compromise attracts EU ire BBC News

WA: Boeing employment at 26-year low Seattle Times / Stephen Dunphy

CA: Teamsters Halt Food Deliveries to Markets reg LA Times / Nancy Cleeland

NY: The Lines Are Busy as Cellphone Clients Switch reg NY Times / Matt Richtel

MI: Cell phone users aren't speed-dialing to switch Detroit Free Press / Dan Shine

Fed to Cut the Cost of U.S.-Mexico Transfers reg Bloomberg via LA Times

Argentina bondholders want 35 pct debt forgiveness Reuters / Hugh Bronstein

Mexico Peso Falls to Record Low; Brazil Falls Bloomberg

NY: Moody's Upgrades Nassau Bond Rating AP via Newsday

Third-Quarter Boom Suggests Above-Trend 2004 Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Condo sales flex strength Inman News

Benefits to Homebuyers Freddie Mac

Traders exit is big blow to AMEX NY Post / Jenny Anderson

The riddle of the bonds The Economist

The Fed's game of chicken CNN / Mark Gongloff

Unpicking the fiscal straitjacket The Economist

Holiday spending may disappoint Reuters via CNN

Has housing market peaked? Reuters via CNN

Money Manager Joe Deane Sees Rough Ride for Bonds Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Fannie Mae increases mortgage loan limits Reuters via Yahoo

New Issue-MBNA sells $500 mln 5-year credit card ABS Reuters via Yahoo

Rate Expectations National Review / Victor A. Canto

Schwarzenegger Seeks $1.9 B in Budget Cuts Newsmax

Latin America treasury official urges reforms Miami Herald / Jane Bussey

Anti-Americanism Is Older Than You May Think Bloomberg / Andrew Ferguson

U.S. November Consumer Confidence Rises to 91.7 From 81.7 Bloomberg

Australia: Bond market weakens The Age

Overnight interest rates up, benchmark bond up Inman News

The Rothbardian Critique of Consumer Sovereignty Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert P. Murphy

Georgia’s velvet revolution The Economist

DIARY-U.S. Treasuries Reuters

On the defensive The Economist

MS: State's jobless rate better than 6% for nation, but creation feared flat Clarion Ledger / Barbara Powell

U.S. economic growth revised up CNN

A taste for democracy The Economist

Germany Composite Indexes For September 2003 The Conference Board

Britain could "veto" EU constitution: reports AFP via EU Business

China Regrets U.S. TV Import Tariffs as Makers Call for Action Bloomberg

UFJ Leads Japanese Bank Bond Rally on Stocks, Profit Bloomberg

Indian Bond Investors Need Bollywood's Faith Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

Bank of England aide hints at higher rates Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Enron chiefs found 'negligent' FT / Joshua Chaffin

Russia: America Likely to Get Lion's Share of Meat Quotas Reuters via Moscow Times

OPEC Fails to Reach Oil Cutbacks Bloomberg via Moscow Times




Bring Back Gridlock . . . National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Wal-Mart and the invisible hand National Post / Peter Foster

Trade Measures Could Backfire, Pros Warn Institutional Investor

The WTO's Mercantilist Flaw Ludwig von Mises Institute / Grant M. Nülle

A real estate Thanksgiving Inman News / Marcie Geffner

Refi market sees surge in applications Inman News

France and Germany Given More Time to Curb Deficits reg NY Times / Mark Landler and Paul Miller

The economic recovery goes global MSNBC / Martin Wolk

Pensions to boost asset management Investment and Pensions Europe

Economic upstart nudges mortgage rates Inman News

Milken Brothers and Ellison Taken to Cleaners Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Spain, Poland lead EU opposition United Press International / Roland Flamini

Korea: Credit Defaulters Balloon to 3.6 Million Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

IMF Predicts Korean Economy to Grow by 4.75% Next Year Korea Times / Seo Jee-yeon

MI: Economy up, but 15 states have lost jobs Detroit Free Press / Ken Moritsugu

Medicare drug plan won't be easy to swallow Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Pace of growth not likely to last Chicago Tribune via Seattle Times / William Neikirk

My new attitude is gratitude reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Retailers Not in a Rush to Hire Holiday Help reg LA Times / Abigail Goldman and Leslie Earnest

S&P rates $1.78 bln Wisconsin bond issue A+ Reuters via Yahoo

Mexico losing NAFTA advantage Bloomberg via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / John Lyons

Switzerland's Cozy Slump May Be Europe's Future Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

UK growth stronger than expected BBC News

US Treasuries subdued, foreign cenbanks stay away Reuters

Beige Book Federal Reserve Board

Passing the torch CNN / Mark Gongloff

Strong US growth fails to lift dollar FT / Ivar Simensen

Brazil's economy recovering more slowly FT / Jonathan Wheatley

Bonds Slip on Strong Data, Damage Limited Reuters via Boston Globe / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Gold Jumps Over $400 on NY Subway Scare Reuters via Boston Globe / Alden Bentley

EU bends the fiscal rules for Germany and France AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Raf Casert

State Treasurers Dredge Up Pay-to-Play Nightmare Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Pilgrims' Progress, or the Story of Thanksgiving Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Consumer sentiment up in November Reuters via CNN

Dollar slips ahead of Thanksgiving holiday FT / Ivar Simensen

Tightfisted shoppers would spread little joy Boston Herald / Greg Gatlin

The battle plan for 'Black Friday' Boston Globe / Naomi Aoki

Mortgage rates edge up Reuters via CNN

Japan threatens to retaliate against US tariffs FT / Mariko Sanchanta

Pensions: Still a problem CNN / Justin Lahart

U.S. Notes May Drop; Investors Seek Higher Returns in Equities Bloomberg

U.S. Durable Goods Orders, Jobless Claims Seen Signaling Growth Bloomberg

Economists win a Pyrrhic victory over populists Taipei Times / Dani Rodrik

China seeks expatriates to help overhaul state banks AP via Taipei Times

France and Germany smash Euro pact reg UK Business Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

A triumph for politics, a crisis for EU International Herald Tribune / John Vinocur

Thai Debt Ratings Raised by Moody's, Philippines May Be Cut Bloomberg

Currency Fraud Prompts Congressmen to Seek Market Regulation Bloomberg

Brown hails European turnround  Guardian / Mark Milner and Charlotte Denny

Bonds take the spotlight International Herald Tribune / Barbara Wall

Whose Brassieres Is China Stealing Anyway? Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

Euro zone budget rules unravel International Herald Tribune / Thomas Fuller



Housing market's demise is exaggerated reg Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Most analysts have it all wrong National – Financial Post / Duncan Stewart

Finance experts now more alluring to corporate boards Houston Chronicle / L.M. Sixel

Global View: Bush's costly cures United Press International / Ian Campbell

The seven deadly sins The Economist

Grinched The Economist

Those pesky Poles The Economist

FL: Tis the season to go shopping Tallahassee Democrat / Rocky Scott

IA: The frenzied hunt for gifts is nearly here ... Des Moines Register / Patt Johnson

Drug Stockpiles, Better Vaccines Needed to Stem Flu, Study Says Bloomberg

Bush Decision on Steel Tariffs Seen Imminent Reuters via ABC News / Adam Entous

Brazilian unemployment remains high AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

Korea: Real Deposit Rate Falls Below Zero Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Asian Bond Market Meeting Due Korea Times

OH: Stores counting on `Black Friday' Beacon Journal / Mary Ethridge

Russia: The Mob, an Actress and a Pile of Cash Moscow Times / Catherine Belton

Business muscles in on Russia's election BBC News / Hugh Fraser

U.S. Wins Steel Case Leeway, Sets Stage to End Duties Bloomberg

Brazil's Central Bank Rate Vote Underscores Division Bloomberg

Argentina's 2003 Trade Surplus to Narrow to $15 Bln Bloomberg

No Yukos Out-of-Court Settlement Moscow Times / Catherine Belton and Alex Fak

Bank One Expects Regs Slap Reuters via NY Post

These Days, It's Good to Be Gold reg NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Managers pull punches, not money reg Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Travel proceeds smoothly for a holiday Washington Times / Tom Ramstack

Got $10 million? Bank with us Reuters via CNN

Mysterious trading surge in obscure options International Herald Tribune / Floyd Norris

Tariffs on China could threaten visit AP via Washington Times

The EU Doesn't Need Another Union Business Week via Yahoo / John Rossant

A Deafening Gobble Of Congressional Turkeys Business Week via Yahoo / Mike McNamee With Lorraine Woellert, John Carey, and Howard Gleckman

German bank rumours enliven quiet markets FT / Mike Morgan, Steve Thompson and Annukka Oksanen

Jobs Overseas? Another Attempt to Explain Ludwig von Mises Institute / Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Intl Bonds-Thanksgiving holiday leaves trade at standstill Reuters

Get ready for Black Friday CNN / Parija Bhatnagar

Retail Temp Hiring Stays Flat Newsday / Amina Khan                    

Labor Dispute Closes California Stores AP via Newsday / Alex Veiga

Sterling reaches five-year high FT / Ivar Simensen

Gov nearly halves package: Rebellious legislators vow to override stimulus vetoes Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Terror still stalks the dollar CBS Market Watch / David Callaway

Taiwan: Economists still bullish about Taiwan Taipei Times / Joyce Huang

Is office market thaw finally here? Washington Business Journal

Calls mounting for new euro rules International Herald Tribune / Thomas Fuller

Honda makes 10 millionth vehicle in U.S. AP and Japan Times

N.Z.'s Bollard Considers Ways to Curb Currency's Gain Bloomberg

U.S. Treasuries May Decline in Coming Days on Signs of Growth Bloomberg

Can gold add more to its luster? NY Times via International Herald Tribune / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Japan making tariff list, checking it twice Japan Times / Tomoko Otake




UBS Restarts Covered Bond Business In Europe Bond Week via Institutional Investor / Rachel Wolcott

Chicago Futures Co. To Recast Risk Management Operations Management via Institutional Investor / Jesse Emspak

Spending boom rests on shaky foundations FT / Deborah Hargreaves

Soggy start for shoppers CNN / Parija Bhatnagar

China, Russia to enhance financial ties People’s Daily

I’d buy that for a dollar (and two dimes) The Economist

Japan's deflation may be nearing end FT / Barney Jopson in Tokyo and Lydia Adetunji

Russia: Kasyanov says Russia's GNP to grow no less than 4% next year Prime-Tass

Will Khodorkovsky get a fair trial? BBC News / Hugh Fraser

Brazil stock market at record high BBC News

Dollar slides to record low against euro FT / Tony Major and Ivar Simensen

Price Inflation Has Never Disappeared Lew Rockwell / Gary North

More retirees face cuts in health benefits Morning Call / Bruce Japsen

Lehman Says Dollar `Unattractive' on Low U.S. Rates Bloomberg

Dear Mr. President, Chairman Greenspan Euro vs. Dollar Currency War Monitor via Safehaven / Alex Wallenwein

Baby boomeranged  Scripps Howard via Rocky Mountain News / Mary Deibel

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac bill sale calendar Reuters via Yahoo

U.S. corporate bond new issues Reuters via Yahoo

Canada's Economy Grew at 1.1 Percent 3rd-Qtr Pace Bloomberg

Treasuries Decline as Data Point to Growth, Fed Rate Increase Bloomberg

Mexican Peso Extends Declines to Record Low Against U.S. Dollar Bloomberg

Month-end position squaring lifts bonds FT / Charles Batchelor and Mariko Sanchanta

Want to Work for UPS? Order Something Online AP via Newsday

Shoppers may trim holiday budgets Knight Ridder via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Alaina Sue Potrikus

Dollar hits record low against euro FT / Ivar Simensen

Chinese imports hit economy hard -- in Mexico Boston Globe / Marion Lloyd

UK: Property prices rise steadily Guardian / Sandra Haurant

Retailers offer sales, but economy needs jobs Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew / Cassel

Egg prices soaring to new highs Boston Globe / Bruce Mohl

Party On, Euro. The Fiscal Time Bomb Is Ticking Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Alan Greenspan's low-paying job Reuters via CNN

So Much for the Dream of Taming the Market Cycle Bloomberg / Chet Currier

State Treasurers Gain Critics reg LA Times / Thomas S. Mulligan

Short-Term Bonds Pressured by Dollar Reuters

Russia: EBRD: New EU Could Isolate Russia Moscow Times / Alex Fak

Japan: Payback tariffs to hit U.S. imports by end of the year Japan Times

The U.S. and China Test Bounds of Trade reg NY Times / Keith Bradsher

Japan: Japanese youths jobless, unworried Japan Times

Shoppers Wonder: Buy Now Or Later? Washington Post / Dina ElBoghdady

European comments help the dollar gain Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

Japan's Oct. Jobless Rate Rises to 5.2%; Spending Falls 1.4% Bloomberg

Asia's Latest Stimulus Plan Reaches Sky-High Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

China Plans Second Bank Bailout to Prepare for share Sales Bloomberg




Cities take heart in bust of energy bill Knight Ridder via Houston Chronicle / David Goldstein

Canada: Knowing he was free to speak, John Manley did just that National – Financial Post / Paul Kedrosky

TX: Texas tries to lure companies burdened with California's lackluster business climate San Antonio Express News / Analisa Nazareno

NC: A tale of 2 parking spaces reg Charlotte Observer / Leigh Dyer

Soros, Buffett bet vs. dollar NY Post / Paul Tharp

Big oil merger runs into suspicious snag Knight Ridder via Miami Herald / Mark McDonald

CO: Shoppers spend early Rocky Mountain News / Janet Forgrieve, Roger Fillion, Joanne Kelley And Chris Walsh

IN: For bargain hunters, hello, goodbuy Indianapolis Star / Dana Knight

CA: Commercial properties regaining their appeal as business returns to S.F. San Francisco Chronicle / Dan Levy

Short-term Treasury yields near their high for the year reg Reuters via Orange County Register

The 22 Rules of Trading Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Japan: Growing jobless ranks rain on recovery parade Japan Times

Wal-Mart Post-Thanksgiving Sales Top $1.52 Billion Bloomberg

Manufacturing jobs vanish AP via Arizona Republic / Dave Carpenter

Employees in greater numbers defect from retirement plans USA Today via Arizona Republic

CA: Perishables Are Scarcer at Some Supermarkets reg LA Times / Ronald D. White

Silicon Valley firms turn to Taiwan AP via Fresno Bee

U.S. pursuing numerous trade pacts Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

Tariffs on steel may be dropped Chicago Tribune via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / James P. Miller

MN: Retailers worry: Have holiday sales gone too far? Minnesota Star Tribune / John Reinan

CT: Braving The Storm reg Hartford Courant / Stacy Wong

UK: House price inflation slips back to 15.2pc Business Telegraph / Helena Keers

Politics Rescue Euro From Stability Agreement reg NY Times / Mark Landler

Apartment Glut Forces Owners to Cut Rents in Much of U.S. reg NY Times / David Leonhardt

Hong Kong economy expands a surprising 4% AP and Bloomberg via International Herald Tribune

UK: Property boom likely to carry on into new year Guardian / Rupert Jones

As China builds, the big trucks line up to get in International Herald Tribune / Keith Bradsher




OH: Problem loans spread wide ripples in small banks Toledo Blade / Mary Beth McLaughlin

MN: Jobless benefits drying up Pioneer Press / Julie Foster

Nothing but the best until CEO got ousted Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Visa sees 12% sales jump Reuters via CNN

Roy Disney Quits, Asks Eisner to Resign, WSJ Says Bloomberg

Icap chief Spencer rides storm Guardian – Observer / Conal Walsh

Virtues of thrift can morph into some kooky behavior Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Weak US dollar slams European stocks, exporters Reuters via Taipei Times

Japan bank bail-out 'a one-off' BBC News

Canada: Investors await economic data and Bank of Canada rate decision this week CP via and America Economies

Health care again sees double-digit jump in cost Omaha World Herald / Steve Jordon

GE Capital Leads Borrowers of $3.7 Billion in Slow Week in U.S. Bloomberg

Global managers weigh the weak dollar Reuters via CNN

Getting a Small Audience for Bad News Reuters via ABC News / Martin Howell

CA: Debt ratio less of a barrier to home loan reg Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

Should You Consider a Longer Car Loan? Wall Street Journal via LA Daily News / Jane J. Kim

Changing World Envelops Tobacco Growers Reuters via Yahoo / Steve Robrain

Spending is not high on my holiday list reg Orlando Sentinel / Susan Strother Clarke

Debt can bankrupt retirement reg Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Japan Govt. to Nationalize Regional Bank AP via ABC News

Wal-Mart gives, and Wal-Mart takes away LA Times via Buffalo News / Abigail Goldman and Nancy Cleel

Analysts' views diverse on unexpected rise in debt Chicago Tribune via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Susan Chandler

MS: A competitive edge Clarion Ledger / Sylvain Metz

The Productivity Paradox reg NY Times / Stephen S. Roach

So many vocations to distrust Denver Post / Al Lewis

Not if, but how: Thurow offers tips on globalization Boston Globe / Robert Weisman

U.S. May Add Jobs as Manufacturing Expands: Economy Preview Bloomberg

As nations swap charges on trade, firms cringe Bloomberg via Boston Globe / Robert L. Simon

WA: Numbers show things looking up for economy Seattle Times / Drew De Silver

Recession's long shadow appears to be receding Knight Ridder via Philadelphia Inquirer / Ken Moritsugu

NC: Slow economy? Retail bucks trend Charlotte Observer / Doug Smith

‘Santa’ rally not a sure thing AP via The State / Hope Yen

Both Parties Claim Entitlement From Medicare Package reg LA Times / Ronald Brownstein

UK: Treasury hits back in pensions cap controversy Business Telegraph / Robert Watts

Free Trade Agreement Enthusiasm Hits Japan Bloomberg / David DeRosa

Crude prices ease as traders await OPEC meeting Reuters via Taipei Times

Nothing fazes the best-run multinational companies Toronto Star / Bill Carrigan

ID: Area retailers give good report of big day Times News / Mickey Walker

Australia: Christmas, but no rates gifts Herald Sun / Anthony Black

A Wider Door to Hedging, With Fees Attached reg NY Times / Geraldine / Fabrikant

But Spending Is a Holiday Ball! Washington Post / Margaret Webb Pressler

UK: Now postal workers threaten Christmas strike Guardian – Observer / Oliver Morgan

UK: A chilly season down on the mall Guardian – Observer / Richard Wachman

As Stimulus, Tax Cuts May Soon Go Awry reg NY Times / Louis Uchitelle

What Do All Those Fees Add Up To? reg NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson