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NC: Economists speak Raleigh News and Observer / John Silvia

PA: A pay push in Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

MD: State could do more to boost the growth of technology sector Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

More capital finds home in the U.S. Dallas Morning News / Jim Landers

Housing starts may slow a bit Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Peddling optimism - and high-cost homes Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Congress might delay permanent pension-plan fix St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Support for Bush plan on Social Security shift accompanied by doubts Baltimore Sun / Eileen Ambrose

CalPERS gets top rating San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Coffee, Milk $$ Fleece The Caffeinated NY Post / Roberta C. Yafie

Bond markets braced for GM downgrade FT / Dan Roberts and Jenny Wiggins

Enthusiasm slumping for mutual funds? Reuters via CNN

Weak dollar hangs over U.S. carmakers Reuters via CNN

Coin-collecting hobby attracts renewed interest Ft. Meyers News Press / Anne Mitchell

Schröder calls for loosening of fiscal rules FT / Bertrand Benoit in Berlin and George Parker

The dwindling wealth of nations The Scotsman / Bill Jamieson

A Health Care Cost Shift Washington Post / Dina ElBoghdady

Risk-Reward Gamble Washington Post / Albert B. Crenshaw

Facing, and fighting, the second-term jinx CBS Marketwatch / Marshall Loeb

'Big money is walking quietly toward the exits' Universal Press Syndicate via Orange County Register / Brendan Boyd

Goodyear rolls out self-sealing tires Akron Beacon Journal / John Russell

Finding an Affordable Home Gets Harder Wall Street Journal / Ruth Simon

CA: Housing type Orange County Register

Why It's Good to Be Rich Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Clements

The Effect of Rising Rates Wall Street Journal / Kelly Greene

Mutual funds still profitable Mercury News via Inside Bay Area

B-share class mutuals set to disappear Tacoma News Tribune via Google News / Chuck Jaffe

Fee cuts aren't always what they seem CBS Marketwatch via San Francisco Chronicle / Chuck Jaffe

Social Security is just the tip of a very large iceberg Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Consumer Inflation Slowed in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

Bush Social Security plan under attack Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Bush still evading a crucial question Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Bush warns of US pension crisis BBC News

Exchange traded funds crawling with options Chicago Tribune / Lorene Yue

India Must Catch Up With China on Energy, Singh Says Bloomberg / Reinie Booysen

United bankruptcy costs swell Chicago Tribune / Mark Skertic

Market hasn't failed to disappoint so far this year Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Frequent-flier miles harder to redeem Boston Globe / Keith Reed

Low-carb audience, full of other food choices, thins out Chicago Tribune / Delroy Alexander

FL: The Fisher King Orlando Sentinel / Maya Bell

CA: Made in L.A., for Now LA Times / Leslie Earnest

Italy, Morgan Stanley, Wal-Mart Among Borrowers of $16.8 Bln Bloomberg / David Russell

How the world's 3d-richest man invests his money Philadelphia Inquirer / Allison Linn

Iowa No. 1 in corn, No. 2 in beans Des Moines Business Journal

UK: 'Only rate cuts can save us' Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart and Heather Connon

UK: King holds firm, but can he turn the tide? Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart

Argentina faces fury over bonds Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart

Health Care's Unlikely Surgeon NY Times / Steve Lohr

All the President's Newsmen NY Times / Frank Rich

Social Security Enlisted to Push Its Own Revision NY Times / Robert Pear

Why Stock Markets Stayed Calm in Southern Asia NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

Catch Him if You Can NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

This Year, Investors Are Saying 'Show Us the Money' NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Remember When Ken Lay Was a Genius? NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

RV's Find a New Fan Base: The Baby Boomers NY Times / Alina Tugend

Oil could prove a saviour in troubled waters Guardian


New Deal for this century Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Rules spur demand for accountants USA Today via 1st Headlines / Barbara Hagenbaugh

US distressed debt trading ‘dominated’ by hedge funds FT / James Drummond and Charles Batchelor

Italy Bondholders Say Debt Road Show `Waste of Time' Bloomberg / Steve Scherer

US retail sales growth to slow FT / Lauren Foster

Retail sales expected to grow at a slower pace Dallas Morning News / Matia Halkias

London Offices Remain World's Most Costly Reuters

Consumers enjoy falling prices BBC News / Evan Davis

Canada: More firms feeling pinch of strong currency Ottawa Business Journal

Dollar Hits 2-Month High Vs Euro Reuters / David McMahon

Older workers not buying 'solution' Reuters via Houston Chronicle / Andrea Hopkins

Social Security plan repugnant Contra Costa Times / Steve Butler

A weak currency doesn't equal higher inflation Independent / Stephen King

Falling dollar puts squeeze on Asia FT / Jennifer Hughes

CA: O.C. housing prices set record Orange County Register

REIT sector may slow Raleigh News and Observer / Jack Hagel

Report: WTO members should weigh overhaul AP via Beaufort Gazette / Jonathan Fowler

Yields on some money market funds go above 2% USA Today / John Waggoner

Exchange-traded funds see unprecedented cash in 2004 Washington Times

Growth of online ads hits high speed USA Today / Jon Swartz

Boomer Bust: Retirement Bomb Set to Go Off Knight Ridder and Tribune news via Newsmax

Whatever it takes The Economist

Small businesses hiring slowly Orange County Register / Jan Norman

Insightful week in store for market AP via Morning Call / Michael J. Martinez

Julius Baer AUM rises 16% amid revamp Investment and Pensions Europe

UK: House prices fall for third month in a row This Is Money / Guy Dresser

Is a Home-Price Decline Crossing the Atlantic? Bloomberg / John Wasik

Social Security? You fix it. CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Small firms ready to increase prices USA Today via Arizona Republic / Jim Hopkins

Oil Trades Close to Six-Week High on Forecasts for Cold in U.S. Bloomberg / Alejandro Barbajosa

Deflation Dogs Japan Decade After Kobe Bloomberg / William Pesek

Cuba's Economy Becomes More Puzzling LA Times / Marc Frank

Yen hits five-year high against the dollar FT / Neil Dennis

The civil rights issue for the 21st century - the wealth gap AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Deepti Hajela

Spotlight returns to New York courts Guardian / David Teather

Learning to love the offshore thing Guardian / Ashley Seager

Treasuries May Fall as Fed Officials Signal More Rate Increases Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Yen May Extend Gain Versus Dollar on Trade Concern, Survey Says Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold


Billion-dollar deficits greet several states / Pamela M. Prah

Signs of trouble building Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

More sticks, and the odd carrot The Economist

Fed to focus on economic data as rates rise Reuters via Google News / Ros Krasny

Fed officials' views vary on inflation CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting & Gregory Robb

Fed spoils appetites Globe and Mail / Angela Barnes

European Securitisation Issuance Expected to Reach Record Levels in 2005 / Bond Market Association

Japan Keeps Monetary Policy Unchanged AP via The State

Is your stockbroker a robot? Slate / Daniel Gross

Crude prices retreat from seven-week highs FT / Liam Denning

How Should We Teach Economics? Ludwig von Mises Institute / William L. Anderson

Canada: Solid growth ahead: economists Globe and Mail / Terry Weber

Canada: Exporters thrive despite strong dollar: Survey Toronto Star / Steven Theobald

Rice says 'strong dollar' still the word CBS Marketwatch / Corbett B. Daly

A Professor Gets Personal National Review / Larry Kudlow

Retailing slowdown NY Daily News / Tom van Riper

Economic Outlook for the U.S. and Greater Philadelphia Area Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia / Anthony M. Santomero

Technology and Labor Markets Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Jeffrey M. Lacker

A Bad Moon's A-Risin' Mogambo Guru via Daily Reckoning / Richard Daughty

Creating Consumers Daily Reckoning / Paul van Eeden

Yahoo 4th-Qtr Profit Jumps Fivefold as Ad Sales Rise Bloomberg / Jonathan Thaw

U.S. Treasuries mixed; curve flattens further Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Venezuela Debt Rating Cut to Selective Default by S&P Bloomberg / Peter Wilson

Argentina Bond Has Biggest Drop in 6 Months on Debt Concern Bloomberg / Andrew J. Barden

Hallucinogenic Investments Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Why the housing bubble hasn't burst CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. mortgage rates fall Tuesday – BestInfo Reuters

CA: June 10 was perhaps home prices' peak Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

CA: Prices shot up, supply followed Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

Weak Dollar Helps IBM Finish 2004 Strong AP via Chicago Tribune / Bruce Meyerson

Motorola 4th-Qtr Profit Rises on Mobile-Phone Demand Bloomberg / Jason Kelly

Fannie slashes dividend by 50% Reuters via CNN

Personal Computer Shipments Rise 13.7 Pct. AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Mark Jewel

The 'idiot' defense Boston Globe / Steven Syre

Blockbuster not giving up on Hollywood deal AP via Dallas Morning News

Fed presidents differ on inflation outlook Reuters via MSNBC and 1st Headlines

FL: Tomato glut forces growers to abandon 60 million pounds on the vine AP via South Florida Sun sentinel / Catherine Wilson

Trade Deficit Blame Game Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Fed fears on tap? CNN / Kathleen Hays

Tale of The Tape NY Post / John Crudele

Leading Housing and Mortgage Finance Economists Give Outlook for 2005 Freddie Mac

European institutions’ hedge fund use “jumps” Investment and Pensions Europe

The Workplace: Risk-takers are a rare breed in EU IHT / Thomas Fuller

BofA profits rise 41% on merger gains Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

Scrap prices come down from highs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Rick Barrett

A New Economic Elite via Safehaven / Hans F. Sennholz

US Treasuries ease as Fed talk beats out NY index Reuters / Chris Reese

US net capital inflows jump to $81.0 bln in Nov Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Wall Street Lying Low on Social Security LA Times / Tom Petruno and Walter Hamilton

For Hedge Funds Investors, Silence Is Golden Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

To Hedge or Not to Hedge? Contrarian Today via Safehaven / Devin Fargnoli

Ten Years in the Janus Jungle -- a Survival Story Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Empire State Manufacturing pdf Federal Reserve Bank of New York

CA: Office Rents May Rise Sharply as Supply Shrinks La Times / Roger Vincent

Home buyers get picky Arizona Republic / Glen Creno and Catherine Reagor Burrough

U.S. Treasuries unmoved in Asia, eyes on CPI Reuters

Not all stocks are created equal CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Is the Steel Industry in a Boom or on a Bubble? NY Times / Claudia H. Deutsch

Sugar May Reach 4-Year High as Indian Demand Grows Bloomberg / Jason Gale

India Mustn't Treat Inflows as Bad Cholesterol Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

More students sold on studying real estate Christian Science Monitor / Lisa Leigh Connors

UK: Decline in house prices bottoming out, says Rics Guardian / Rupert Jones

UK: Bank bolsters market monitors Guardian / Charlotte Moore

Dollar Rises on Speculation Fed May Signal Faster Rate Increase Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Yen hits five-year high against the dollar Independent via Google News / Philip Thornton

Russia: New Foreign Car Sales Jumped 80% in 2004 Reuters and MT via Moscow Times

Oil Rises to Seven-Week High on Colder U.S. Northeast Weather Bloomberg / Sri Jegarajah and Angela Macdonald-Smith



Association Recommends Improvements to U.S. Treasury Department Buy-In Rule Bond Market Association

Red States Make a Mockery Of Self-Reliance Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Pension plan looks doomed Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Where do airlines go from here? Dallas Morning News / Eric Torbenson and Suzanne

Dallas firm targets mutual fund giants Dallas Morning News / Bill Deneer

Fund managers loading up cash Boston Herald / Brett Arends

Wachovia plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

WA: More jobs, more jobless Tacoma News Tribune / Barbara Clements

MO: Area's economy continues improvement, Federal Reserve says St. Louis Business Journal

Buffett says dollar to decline further amid trade gap AP via Boston Herald

House Chairman Says Congress Should Consider Sweeping Changes in SS AP via Newsmax

Good Show! Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

Who Said Trading Was Difficult? Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Tom Dyson

Korea: Bond Issuance Falls for First Time in 5 Years Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

JPMorgan's Dimon wants to expand some bond desks Reuters

Weak dollar sends capital to emerging markets –IIF Reuters via Google News / Lesley Wroughton

DaimlerChrysler Bonds Outperform General Motors, Ford Bloomberg / Walden Siew

Oil drops below $47 a barrel Reuters via CNN

Sallie Mae Earnings Double on Strength of Loan Originations AP via Washington Post

Will Krispy Kreme file for bankruptcy? CBS Marketwatch / Herb Greenberg

Investors shed few tears when CEOs depart St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

IN: Home sellers enjoy record year Indianapolis Star / Norm Heikens

NV: Analysts suggest housing demand could rise again Las Vegas Sun / Jennifer Shubinski

Home improvement keeps growing Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Credit card, bank rates creep higher CNN

Ritual Slaughter? via Safehaven

Markets & Data Suggest That US Econ Recovery Is ARTIFICIAL Safehaven / Jas Jain

Brazil Raises Benchmark Lending Rate for Fifth Month Bloomberg / Carlos Caminada

Canada: Dollar tops worries for big bank CEOs, mergers seen as unlikely in 2005 CP via Financial Post / Craig Wong

The Future of the Republicans Lew Rockwell / Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Rice Approved as Secretary of State by Senate Panel Bloomberg / Paul Basken

Washington Mutual earnings drop 20 percent AP via St. Louis Post Dispatch

Morgan Stanley Subpoenaed Over Annuity Sales Forbes / Neil Weinberg

Canada: CIBC sees rate cut ahead Globe and Mail / Terry Weber

UK unemployment total on the rise BBC News

Pimco's Bill Gross donates $23.5 million to Duke Orange County Register / Bill Gross

Beige Book Federal Reserve Board

The Economy and Challenges in Retirement Savings Federal Reserve Board / Susan Schmidt Bies

Foreign Relations Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

A View from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York / Timothy F. Geithner

Fed's Bernanke-U.S. productivity gains seen easing Reuters / Andrea Ricci

US economy solid, inflation modest -Fed's Geithner Reuters

Foreign Investors Undaunted by Prolonged Dollar Weakness LA Times / Tom Petruno

2004 Inflation Measure Highest in 4 Years AP via Washington Post / Martin Crutsinger

The Report Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Read Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Senate bank chair says to seek strong GSE regulator Reuters

Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Housing starts snap back CNN

U.S. December Consumer Prices Fall 0.1%; Core Up 0.2% Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

JPMorgan Profit Drops, Misses Estimates AP via Forbes

Bank One costs weigh on JPMorgan Chase FT / David Wighton

Social Security hyperbole San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

After a record-setting 2004, a letdown is likely this year Arizona Republic / Jane Larson

UK: Record number of Britons in work RTE Business via Google News

Brazil to Raise Benchmark Lending Rate for Fifth Straight Month Bloomberg / Carlos Caminada

Bush's Social Security Plan Is Mixed on Returns Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Who Pays for Harvard Alumni's Moral Outrage? Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

The hottest zip codes CNN 

EU: Some Pact! Ludwig von Mises Institute / Grant M. Nülle

UK: Surprise inflation rise sparks jitters The Scotsman / Martin Flanagan

Gold prices post narrow gains, close back above 423 usd FX Street via Kitco

The second term: hopes and hazards Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldman

Suits Contend Mutual Funds Fail to Collect in Settlements NY Times / Jonathan D. Glater

China Central Bank, Modeled on Fed, Bows to Politics Bloomberg / Matthew R. Miller

Hong Kong May Keep Currency Peg to Attract Investment Bloomberg / Yumi Kuramitsu


The good company The Economist

Poll: Americans worried about Social Security CBS Marketwatch via Newsmax / William L. Watts

When is a recession not a recession? Why is the dollar falling? MSNBC / John W. Schoen

Banknorth's earnings fall in 2004 Portland Press Herald / Edward D. Murphy

NV: Some Nevada communities gain from higher gold prices Las Vegas Sun / Richard N. Velotta

US Treasuries steady in Asia, data effect muted Reuters

Pension reform is sticky Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Time to put We the People back into office Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Wall Street's mood swing may mean end of funk USA Today via 1st Headlines / Adam Shell

Diluted earnings Minneapolis Star Tribune / John J. Oslund

Macy's could replace Foley's name Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Dell demanded 20-year no-tax deal AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

SunTrust's profit surges 33 percent Orlando Sentinel / Ruichard Burnett

FL: Orlando housing market sizzles Orlando Sentinel / Jack Snyder

Korea: Foreigners Expand Influence on KSE Korea Times / Choi Kyong-ae

Banknorth chief set for new U.S. acquisition spree after TD takeover CP via Financial Post and / Gary Norris

MBNA to eliminate up to 1,000 jobs Philadelphia Inquirer / Joseph N. DiStefano

TX: Downtown vacancy rate at record low Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Sandra Baker

WA: One hot market Tacoma News Tribune / Barbara Clements

NC: Triangle watch - Housing sales Raleigh News and Observer / Amy Martinez

CA: Apartment rents staying the same Mercury News via Inside Bay Area / Alec Rosenberg

Delta caps worst year in airline history Raleigh News and Observer / Harry R. Weber

Where's the Coverage? / Kris Frieswick

Nominee favors drilling in reserve Reuters via Houston Chronicle / Tom Dodggett and Chris Baltimore

Canada: Another year, 7% deeper in debt: Canada faces 'debt time bomb,' CIBC suggests CP via and America Economies

CA: Local governments ignoring growth, economist says Orange County Register / James B. Kelleher

Value of college degree waning LA Daily News / Brent Hopkins

Fed says it stands ready to act on inflation Reuters via Google News / Ros Krasny

The U.S. Economic Outlook pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet Yellen

Fed's Yellen dovish on inflation CBS Marketwatch / Gregory Robb

FDI confidence index, 2004 The Economist

Hedge-fund performance The Economist

Verizon's Deferred Tax Liabilities Too High? LA Times / James S. Granelli

Airlines landing large losses Boston Herald / Jennifer Heldt Powell

Plunge in prices hits Sony profits FT / Michiyo Nakamoto

CA: Lights. Industrial action! The Economist

Mortgage rates ease further CNN

Treasuries up after weak business report FT / Jenny Wiggins, Päivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

Agency's quiet chief humbled the giant Dallas Morning News / Todd J. Gillman

Bush Speaks to World in Inaugural, Promises Democracy Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen

Seeking freedom, at home and abroad The Economist

The return of the Newt The Economist

UK economy facing 'major risks' BBC News

UK: Fighting talk The Economist

Practicing what he teaches: Harvard prof, privatization fan hasn't disclosed private-sector ties Boston Herald / John Strahinich

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

CA: With New County Pension, Retirements Could Soar LA Times / Jean O. Pasco

FL: Securities industry banishes Boca firm, orders it to pay $12 million South Florida Sun Sentinel / Rafael Gerena-Morales

Pay-As-You-Go Inauguration Forbes / Dan Ackman

Bullies and Their Pulpits Ludwig von Mises Institute / P. Gardner Goldsmith

CA: Housing market still hot San Francisco Chronicle / Kelly Zito

Three More Reasons to Doubt Bond Market's Sanity Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

US Treasuries finally succumb to profit-taking Reuters

Brazil to Sell Euro-Denominated Bonds, Treasury Says Bloomberg / Charles Penty and Rita Nazareth

Leading Indicators The Conference Board

Oil Falls After Rising U.S. Stockpiles Ease Supply Concern Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

The Outlook: Mississippi and the Nation Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis / William Poole

Fed will move aggressively to guard inflation-Poole Reuters

An inflation skeptic arises CNN / Kathleen Hays

Citigroup 4th-Qtr Profit Gains 12%; Dividend Raised Bloomberg / Justin Baer

Buffalo Fund Tracks Baby-Boom Generation Bloomberg / Danielle Kost

CT: Hartford Area Home Sales Defy Experts Hartford Courant / Kenneth R. Gosselin

What's This? A Weak Dollar Isn't a Miracle Cure? Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Guess Who's Coming to Davos NY Times / Mark Landler

Flow of Capital Soars To 'Emerging' Nations Washington Post / Paul Blustein

CMS BondEdge 4th Quarter Market Flash pdf CMS BondEdge

India: Software City Bangalore Faces Tough Questions Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

U.S. 10-Year Notes Decline on Outlook for Fed Rate Increases Bloomberg / Shamim Adam

Restatements, and Lawsuits, Are on the Rise NY Times / Jonathan D. Glater

In second term, a fight over direction of GOP Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Back to the 1970s Aden Forecast via Safehaven / Mary Anne & Pamela Aden

Pension fund sues Fannie Mae over pay-offs FT / Jenny Wiggins


MO: May's misfortunes could signal troubles in downtown St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

The case for commodities CBS Marketwatch / Marshall Loeb

Gold Woes! Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

No pause in sight from Fed CBS Marketwatch / Gregory Robb

CA: Threats seen to S.D. tourism San Diego Union Tribune / Michael Kinsman

FL: Hiring in South Florida rises as unemployment hits 3-year lows South Florida Sun Sentinel / Niala Boodhoo

Deficit likely to drop on technicalities AP via Beaufort Gazette / Alan Fram

Korea: BOK Uneasy Over Rising Interest Rates Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Korea: Economist Discounts Anxiety Over Interest Rate Cut Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Northern Trust's Kasriel: Economy, Social Security and Fed audio Bloomberg

High Yield Under Pressure Bondweek / Caroline Salas

Investor Trade Group Seeks New Leader Bondweek

Treasuries rise as sentiment dips, Fed drops hints Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Help-Wanted Advertising and Job Vacancies Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Fed Hints Will Stick to Small Rate Hikes Reuters / Ros Krasny

Malaise mounts in a worrying week for Wall St FT / Andrei Postelnicu

Which Airline Will Not Survive? Forbes via Google News

Illinois jobless rate falls to 3-year low Chicago Tribune

Social Security For a Savings Society Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

China, Russia Lap Up Capital Reuters and MT via Moscow Times

Asian currencies lose early momentum FT / Steve Johnson

Bearers of bad views shut out Philadelphia Inquirer / Joseph N. DiStefano

Record Number of Restatements in 2004 / Stephen Taub

No 2004 cash bonuses for Fannie execs Reuters via CNN

GE sees 'excellent' world economy BBC News

UBS, an Adviser to Argentina, Tells Clients Debt Offer Is Low Bloomberg / Andrew J. Barden

TX: Texas jobless rate rises again AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Social Security and philosophy Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Abbas sends in his men The Economist

Wi-Fi's new hot spots Sacramento Bee / Clint Swett

Single malts reborn CNN / Gordon T. Anderson

Chief Economist David Berson provides 2005 U.S. Economic Outlook Fannie Mae

Goodbye, good times? The Economist

Home-equity loans climb to record levels Wall Street Journal via The State / Ruth Simon

Greenspan against faster rate hikes – BusinessWeek Reuters

Make Every Retirement Count National Review / John E. Tamny

Shades of the Dollar Standard Lew Rockwell / Hans F. Sennholz

Fed's Lacker says US budget outlook not promising Reuters

Yellen: Economy continues growth San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

Federal Reserve Bank official says education a must AP via Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Mississippi Sun Herald

White House looks to sweeten Social Security plan Reuters / Caren Bohan and David Morgan

Bush Makes False Claims About Social Security Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Sell Bonds...Again Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Buy bonds now? Are you crazy? CNN / Walter Updegrave

US Treasuries mixed, money flows down yield curve Reuters

Mexico to Change Peso Bond Rules to Attract Foreign Investors Bloomberg / Adriana Arai

U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Fell in January Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

TX: Housing market up but uneven Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Who Hedged Their Profits? Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

EBay woes sting market; pain could stick around Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Is January special after all? CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Will Marshall Field's be changing its name? Chicago Tribune / Becky Yerak

Crude Futures Rebound Above $47 Mark AP via Baltimore Sun / George Jahn

UK: King dashes hope of early cut in interest rate The Independent / Philip Thornton

UK: Governor likely to hold back from rate cut Guardian / Larry Elliott

Disputes at Every Turn of Siberia Pipeline NY Times / James Brooke

FxMax, Most Accurate Forecaster, Says Dollar to Fall to Record Bloomberg

Best of All Possible Worlds? Bond Buyers Crave Yield but Show No Fear NY Times / Floyd Norris

U.S. 10-Year Yield to Reach 5% in 2005, Bond Trading Firms Say Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

U.S. Municipalities Try to Borrow Way to Health Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

China: Oil demand to remain high in 2005 and

Dollar Trades Near 2-Month High as Traders Bet on Further Gain Bloomberg / John Brinsley

Is the Philippines a Buy? Don't Ask Calpers Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Ford gains from finance not cars BBC News

Japan's Government Bonds Head for Third Consecutive Weekly Gain Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane



Mortgage giant takes more moves to shore up finances AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Corridors of Power: Bush and Europe UPI / Roland Flamini

PNC says earnings will climb $45M more Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

United bankruptcy to end in autumn? Reuters via CNN

Powell Outage New York Post / Paul Tharp and Holly Sanders

Canada: Economist disputes debt 'time bomb' Globe and Mail Allan Robinson

Financial trouble may come knocking Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Paul Gores

China: One Coin, Two Faces Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Gold from the immigrants Reuters via CNN

George Bush and the Global Economic Order Clif Droke Market Analysis / Clif Droke

CA: Income gap widening in valley Mercury News / Chris O'Brien

NC: Jobless rate rises in N.C. Raleigh News and Observer / Amy Martinez

Defense contractors profit from policies Kansas City Business Journal

UK: Deficit cut gives Brown hope Guardian / Larry Elliott

UK: Christmas sales at lowest in 20 years Guardian / Larry Elliott and Charlotte Moore

Yen Drops for Week; Japan May Resist Call for Stronger Currency Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

ECB fight pits small against big IHT / Carter Dougherty

U.S. Treasury Notes Have Weekly Gain on Signs of Slower Growth Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

SC: Home sales in S.C set record in 2004 The State / Tanya Fogg Young

AT&T Looks Beyond 'Number, Please' NY Times / Ken Belson

Krispy Kreme: Disappearing dough Minneapolis Star Tribune / Allen G. Breed

Inflation will remain subdued, Minneapolis Fed chief says Dow Jones via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Swanks suit show upswing in fine fashion Boston Herald / Jennifer Heldt Powell

Japanese Bonds Rise for Third Week; Growth Concerns Hurt Stocks Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane


UK: Living on borrowed time with lending out of control Scotsman / Bill Jamieson

Doing math may hurt older workers Minneapolis Star Tribune via Mercury News and / Mike Meyers

An Older, Poorer World Business Week via MSNBC / Diana Farrell

WI: More are working fewer hours Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Joel Dresang

Bond Ladders Go Online Wall Street Journal / Nicole Bullock

Viewed from the sidelines, even bonds look hazardous Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Retirees tripped up by health care costs Morning News / Bob Moos

CO: Will job growth pan out? Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Most mutual fund managers lag indexes in 2004 AP via Louisville Courier Journal / Meg Richards

Roaring laptop sales boost PC market USA Today via 1st Headlines / Michelle Kessler

Wall Street Uncertainty Likely to Continue AP via Newsday / Michael J. Martinez

Hey, earnings are good: So why are stocks stinking? USA Today via 1st Headlines / Adam Shell

Campaign for new WTO head heats up AFP via Turkish Press

Korea: Credit Card Usage Hits Two-Year High Korea Times / Lee Hyo-sik

Japan's ageing workforce: built to last BBC News / Nick Mackie

Exchange-traded funds have options aplenty Tribune Media via Spartanburg Herald Journal / Lorene Yue

MBA graduates weather economic downturn FT / Della Bradshaw

PA: Entire city of Philadelphia may be wireless hotspot AP via Chicago Sun Times / Michael Rubinkam

Coffee, Tea or Regulation? NY Times / Micheline Maynard

Don't jump to conclusions Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Blue skies ahead, United chief says Chicago Tribune / Mark Skertic

Trends put board members on the edge Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Krispy Kreme: The rise and fall of a Southern icon AP via The State / Allen G. Breed

More methods to advance goal of 'ownership society' Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Higher risks for retiring Washington Post via San Francisco Chronicle / Albert B. Crenshaw

Bush Plan Sharpens Retirement Investing Debate LA Times / Tom Petruno

Consumer Spending Fuels 4th-Qtr Growth: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

CA: Worker count is hard job Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

CA: State Pension System Needs Overhaul LA times / James Flanigan

Publicis, Vivendi Borrow in Europe's Biggest Week Since May Bloomberg / Jon Laycock

Gold Prices? The Dollar Offers Clues NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Deficits May Be Wearing Thin at the Fed NY Times

MO: Initial jobs data can be flawed St. Louis Post Dispatch / Eric Heisler

Bankruptcies put on assembly line Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

Semantics Shape Social Security Debate Washington Post / Mike Allen

Playing Penny-Stock Roulette NY Times / Gary Rivlin

New Stocks, Same Old Problems NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Bush Didn't Invent the Internet, but Is He Good for Tech? NY Times / James Fallows

Want to Invest Abroad? Maybe You Already Have NY Times / Paul J. Lim

Wish you were here? Guardian – Observer / Nick Mathiason

UK: Forget tax cuts, it's time to spend Guardian – Observer / William Keegan


Comparing managers with group benchmarks a mistake CBS Marketwatch / Thomas Kostigen

U.S. entrepreneurship rate falls; most self-funded Cincinnati Business Journal / Kent Hoover

Davos: what's the big deal? BBC News / Tim Weber

Lost in a World of Stupidity Mogambo Guru via Daily Reckoning / Richard Daughty

Mergers spin off job cuts Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Goodyear examines further moves Akron Beacon Journal / John Russell

Canada: Interest rates expected to stand pat Globe and Mail / John Partridge

For Oscars, all bets are on NY Daily News / Ellen Tumposky

US Treasuries little changed as data, FOMC awaited Reuters

Association Suggests Improvements to NASD Corporate Financing Rule Proposal Bond Market Association

Should the US Government’s Sovereign Credit Rating be Downgraded to Junk? Lew Rockwell / Eric Englund

Penetration Competition Bond Buyer / Helen Chang

No Sign To End Of Tech Slump NY Post / Suzanne McGee

New Strategy on Social Security Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

FL: Condo-hotel concept latest building boom Miami Herald / Douglas Hanks III

FL: Apartment occupancy -- and rental rates -- on the rise Orlando Sentinel / Jack Snyder

Penny-Stock Payday NY Post / Christopher Byron

Oil, Gasoline Poised to Rise on New Fears LA Times / James F. Peltz

Classical Economics vs. The Exploitation Theory Ludwig von Mises Institute / George Reisman

MO: Bankrupt Great Plains will liquidate St. Louis Post Dispatch / Tim McLaughlin

Look Both Ways: Spending Cautiously / Ed Zwirn

So far, the bears have the advantage CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Outfoxing SOX Slate / Michelle Leder

FL: Tempered optimism St. Petersburg Times / Robert Trigaux

FL: Improved exchange rate boosts northern neighbors' buying power in SW Florida Ft. Meyers News Press / Laura Ruane

Korea: Bond Issue to Be Curbed to Stabilize Market Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Big Japanese banks cut bond exposure FT / Mariko Sanchanta

Bank of Canada expected to leave interest rates unchanged CBC News

World leaders still failing on major global challenges: report AFP via Turkish Press

UK: Economy heads for a drop-off in growth Evening News / Scotsman

Social Security funding eyed AP via Washington Times

Tradable black gold? CBS Marketwatch / John Spence

OH: Fifth Third sells $500M of notes Cincinnati Business Journal

Paper: Citigroup said to manipulate market AP via NJ Post

Citigroup traders face criminal probe in bond case FT Päivi Munter, Patrick Jenkins, Thibaut Madelin and Leslie Crawford

Three Fannie Mae executives stepping down AP via NJ Post

UK: Bank warns on house prices Evening Standard via This Is London / Jane Padgham

UK: One in three will work into their 70s Evening Standard via This Is London / Guy Dresser

Bush to Seek $80 Bln Extra for Iraq Supplemental, Officials Say Bloomberg / Roger Runningen and Tony Capaccio

Snow says U.S. 'deeply committed' to deficit cuts Reuters

U.S. Senate approves Gutierrez to head Commerce Reuters / Doug Palmer

What happens in D.C. can impact small companies Detroit Free Press / Carol Cain

Trader, FBI agent convicted in penny stock case AP via Newsday

IBM and GE: Booming bellwethers CNN / Michael Sivy

Better car-lease deals on horizon CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine

Seven Signs Of Retail Mergers Forbes / Mark Tatge

Oil Prices Rise Toward $49 a Barrel AP via Charlotte Observer / George Jahn

Mexico December Trade Deficit Widens to Record Bloomberg / Thomas Black

Small firms benefit from weak dollar Wall Street Journal via Baltimore Sun / Timothy Aeppel

US Treasuries keep firm bias into data, supply Reuters

Dollar slides as short positions crumble FT / Steve Johnson

U.S. dollar opens week down against euro Seattle Times

Move to euro hits US finances Guardian / Mark Tran

Cingular Wireless Loses $497M in 4th Qtr. AP via Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Funds: Which vanilla do you like best? Reuters / Linda Stern

Republicans Skeptical of Bush Social Security Plan LA Times / Richard Simon

Russia: Japan Tobacco Hit With $85M Back Tax Bill Moscow Times / Maria Levitov

Schröder is right , Europe does need to change Guardian / Philip Arestis and Elias Karakitsos

Fed realities Washington Times

Is the Fed losing patience with Bush over deficits? NY Times via IHT and Google News / Edmund L. Andrews

When monetary tools start to lose their edge Independent via Google News / Stephen King

Venture Funding Up in 2004 Washington Post / Terence O'Hara

Analyst: China to revalue yuan by July Bloomberg via Taipei Times

Yuan revaluation bad for Taiwan Taipei Times

Closet Mercantilists Stalk Unsuspecting Prey Bloomberg / Caroline Baum 

Treasury Buyers Boost Holdings on Slower Growth Signs Bloomberg / Al Yoon

U.S. to Lead Bond Sales This Week; Japan, Germany Also to Sell Bloomberg / John Beresford-Peirse

GM Says Selling Bonds in Europe Is `Less Attractive' Bloomberg / Melanie Bull

Dollar May Gain Versus Euro This Week, Survey Says Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues

John Snow's Selective Vision on Dollar Pegs Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

MN: Happy days here for renters Minneapolis Star Tribune / Terry Fiedler

Crude Oil in New York Extends Gains After Northeast Snowstorm Bloomberg / Sri Jegarajah and Gavin Evans

Internet News Sites Are Back in Vogue NY Times / Eric Dash

Overstating of Assets Is Seen to Cost U.S. Billions in Taxes NY Times / David Cay Johnston

Central banks shift reserves away from US FT / Chris Giles

UK: Mortgage market looking grim Evening Standard 



Not necessarily a risky business CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Economics and geology may add up to $10 a gallon gasoline Journal News / Allan Drury

Bank of Canada keeps target for the overnight rate at 2 1/2 per cent Bank of Canada

Republicans Urge Bush to Build Case for Social Security Reform Bloomberg / Jeff Bliss

CA: New home buyers struggle Mercury News via Oakland Tribune / Alec Rosenberg

GFOA Girds for Guidance Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume and Emily Newman

Why are stocks down and bonds up? CBS Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

Korea: State Bond Issue to Be Curbed to W3 Tril. in Feb. Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Comeback gone with the wind? Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

What's Next for Netflix? / Will Swarts

Analyst cuts Netflix target to $3 CBS Marketwatch / Herb Greenberg

Grocers could soon start charging for bags AP via Dallas Morning News

WY: On the record: Wyoming chief of homeland security / Kathleen Hunter

Dollar Loses Gains in Asian Trading AP via Contra Costa Times

Korea: Currency Trading Surges 50% Korea Times

UN says world economy could face abrupt, damaging correction Big News Network

World leaders gather to face uncertainty BBC News / Tim Weber

Power play for utilities Orlando Sentinel / Christopher Boyd

Dow Average Has Biggest Rally in 5 Weeks After Earnings Reports Bloomberg / Edgar Ortega

NC: Minorities have more to spend Raleigh News Observer / Sue Stock

FL: Tourism outlook bleak for western Panhandle AP via Orlando Sentinel

Colorado unemployment inches up in December AP via Denver Post  

The end of the affair? The Economist

Nothing Ventured Nothing Lost Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

John Snow Wants Us All To Be "Flexible"! Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

Chipping Away at American Optimism Richebächer Letter via  Daily Reckoning / Rick Barnard

Ebbers ‘lied’ over $11bn fraud at WorldCom FT / Joshua Chaffin

Ebbers Repeatedly Lied, Prosecutor Says AP via Chicago Tribune and 1st Headlines / Erin McClam

Budget office refutes Bush deficit projections FT / Christopher Swann

China: A reheated economy The Economist

U.S., EU launch dueling WTO disputes AP via Dallas Morning News

FDIC Banking Review FDIC

TX: Houston Business—A Perspective on the Houston Economy Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Oil jumps to eight-week high Reuters via CNN and Google News

WA: Audit can provide psychic payback Seattle Times / Bill Virgin

WI: State's job growth among best Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Joel Dresang

U.N. Says U.S. Deficits Distort Global Economy NY Times / Elizabeth Becker

Once More, the Rich and Famous Gather at Davos NY Times / Alan Cowell

The Wonderful World Of WEF Forbes / Dan Ackman

China: Promise And Peril Forbes / Tara Murphy

Antiglobalization Gathering in Brazil Sees Little to Celebrate NY Times / Todd Benson

UK: Dollar slide 'more important to BoE than house prices' Evening News / Scotsman

Bang for the real estate buck CNN / Les Christie

UK: Cost of living 'to outstrip pensions' PA via Guardian

A Big Rise In Interest Rates Could Cost You A Bundle NY Post / John Crudele

Uncle Sam gets an 'F' in money management MSNBC / Jim Jubak

Currency cooperation crucial Guardian / William Keegan

China Says It Needs Time Before Yuan Adjustment Reuters via Google News

CBO sees 2005 U.S. budget deficit at $368 billion Reuters / Anna Willard

Behind the numbers, Fannie Mae, GM are struggling CNBC / Bill Fleckenstein

Sales of existing homes climb to all-time high in 2004 AP via Dallas Morning News

PA.: Sallie Mae no cheap date Philadelphia Inquirer / Martha Raffaele

Canada: Loonie falls on rate decision CP via Toronto Star / Sandra Cordon

Dollar Gains Versus Euro, Yen as U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

U.S. Treasury Notes Fall as Consumer Confidence Index Increases Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

US Treasuries soft, 30-yr bond bucks the trend Reuters / Wayne Cole

CBO to Release Deficit Forecasts AP via Washington Post / Alan Fram

CA: Bankruptcies in Northern California down 4.9% San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

PA: Area housing market remains strong Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Ron DaParma

CA: High-rise homes ahead of their time Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Conditions making mergers and acquisitions sizzle Chicago Sun Times / Mary Wisniewski

Euro Falls After Europe Urges Stronger Dollar, Asian Currencies Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Bush's New Economy Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Bush plan will face potent foe Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldman

Berkshire's Buddy-Board Flunks Independence Test Bloomberg / David Pauly

Venezuela Tensions Worry Oil Executives NY Times / Simon Romero and Brian Ellsworth

Wanted: big hitter Guardian

Lehman eases GM ‘junk’ bond concern FT / Jenny Wiggins

Dollar's Steep Slide Adding to Tensions U.S. Faces Abroad NY Times / David E. Sanger

China’s economy grows strong 9.5% in 2004 Reuters via FT

UK: Brown will have to raise taxes Evening Standard via This Is London


The 'Yes, But' Economy Forbes / Scott Reeves

Wal-Mart tax exemplifies 'tyranny of the majority' Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Company spending looks soft Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Robbing Peter to Pay Peter Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Westley

Wells Fargo to Rename Strong Financial Funds Reuters via LA Times

Bernie Puts Up Dense Defense: Stupidity NY Post / John Crudele

Greenspan the missing link on Fed risk-taking issue Reuters / Ros Krasny

Fed expected to raise rates UPI via Washington Times

Pimco's McCulley sees Fed caution CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

ND: Minot Man on Federal Reserve Board AP via KXMC and Google News

Bush prods Chinese to move on currency CBS Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Some traders bearish on Eastman Kodak Reuters via Google News

Two-year Treasuries lower after weak auction FT / Jennifer Hughes, Päivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

Short-dated Treasuries lower after spotty auction Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

''Home-Sourcing'' vs. Offshoring / John P. Mello Jr.

Gold futures rebound, keying off dollar CBS Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Oil Prices Decline on Rise in U.S. Supply AP via Chicago Tribune / Jane Wardell

U.S. mortgage rates unchanged Wednesday – BestInfo Reuters

NC: Rise in vacancy rate is deceiving Charlotte Observer / Doug Smith

Aging rich nations face huge wealth shortfall-study Reuters

World Bank chief offers no clues on successor Reuters / Lesley Wroughton

Search for new WTO chief commences Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

Merrill ups online-ad outlook CBS Marketwatch / Bambi Francisco

Why GE Pays Little in Taxes / Stephen Taub

Study: Fuzzy business accounting common UPI via Washington Times

SEC Eyes 404 Break for Foreign Issuers / Marie Leone

Fund flows ebbing so far this month USA Today / Adam Shell

Bush: On track to halve deficit CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Bush urges Congress to back Social Security change Reuters / David Morgan

Wal-Mart, the bank? CNN / Parija Bhatnagar

Starbucks reports fiscal first quarter earnings AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Allison Linn wants to go public – again Orange County Register / Tamara Chuang

OH: Housing market poised to cool off Cincinnati Enquirer / Jeff McKinney

CO: Jan. sees home-buying blitz Denver Post / Christine Tatum

Bush plan pressures workers San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

Soc. Sec.: Bush yields little ground CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Social Security details on the way? Reuters via CNN

Janus quarterly profits tumble 98% Reuters via FT

PA: Not pay-to-play? But we still pay Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

FL: Nationwide Insurance requests 28.3% rate hike in Florida South Florida Sun Sentinel / Kathy Bushouse

FL: House prices in S. Florida leaped 20% in December South Florida Sun Sentinel / Rafael Gerena-Morales and Dana Wong

The Zarqawi Rally National Review / Larry Kudlow

Economist optimistic about 2005 Akron Beacon Journal / Gloria Irwin

Canada: Rate outlook shifting Toronto Star / Steven Theobald

EU Official Wants to Reinvigorate Economy AP via Newsday / Raf Casert

Currency fears tinge Asia optimism IHT / Carter Dougherty

Mexican Peso Rises on Prospect of Central Bank Rate Increase Bloomberg / Jennifer Coogan

The AAA-Rated Oligopoly Forbes / Ira Carnahan

US Treasuries mixed into auction, long-end rallies Reuters / Wayne Cole

Fed Will Increase Rates Next Month and Afterward Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Sending My Regrets And My Doubts Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

US mortgage applications, rates fall last week-MBA Reuters / Julie Haviv

Yen Gains After Report China to Discuss Yuan at G-7 Next Week Bloomberg / John Brinsley

Record '05 Deficit Forecast Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

Cheesecake Safehaven / John Mackenzie

The many faces of the baby boomers Christian Science Monitor / Kim Campbell

Investment Banker and Client: A Bond Deepens NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Davos kicks off winter fest of power and politics AFP via Turkish Press

Oil Fuels G-7 Focus on China, India Bloomberg / William Pesek

Russia: Illarionov Ditches Davos Forum Moscow Times / Valeria Korchagina

China May Target More Industries for Investment Curbs Bloomberg / Yanping Li

UN report warns US to cut deficit Guardian / Charlotte Moore

US banks fined $80m for 'laddering' Guardian / David Teather

Japanese Export Growth Slowed to 8.8% in December Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

Echoes of the 80's: Japanese Return to U.S. Market NY Times / Terry Pristin

Backing for Chinese economics Scotsman via Google News / David Black


New Association Survey Predicts Interest Rates Will Rise Modestly and Treasury Issuance Will Be Flat Bond Market Association

It Can Happen Here The American Prospect / Robert Kuttner

Indicted CEOs guilty at least of stupidity Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Pensions can be fixed now Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Many Kmarts to become Sears Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Doris Hajewski

Dow Jones-MarketWatch deal to result in job cuts San Francisco Chronicle / Jenny Strasburg

NY: Worries hit home Newsday / Dan Fagin

Shock and awe The Economist

Snow says economy 'very strong' CBS Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

U.S. Trade Rep Zoellick to travel to Davos UPI via Washington Times

Greenbacks Grease Oil Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

China Takes The Dollar To The Woodshed! Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

EU: The sorry state of fashion today The Economist

UK: 'Clueless' Brits Bemused By Finance Ananova News

UK: Rates limbo as tax worries grow Scotsman / David Black

The car company in front The Economist

AT&T soars on SBC takeover talk BBC News

Bold bulls spurn January jitters CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Microsoft 2nd-Qtr Net Doubles; Xbox Turns a Profit Bloomberg / Dina Bass

A Year We May Not Get Back Newsday / Randi F. Marshall

Factories Humming but Rehiring Is Slow AP via Orlando Sentinel / Martin Crutsinger

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall for a fourth straight week AP via USA Today and 1st Headlines

Revenue at Yellow Roadway Nearly Doubles AP via Buffalo News

Nevada taxable sales rise for 11th straight month Las Vegas Sun / Cy Ryan

Riggs deal unlikely to halt PNC bid Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

Senate bill puts focus on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bloomberg via Baltimore Sun

Waiting for Bush's plan CNN / Kathleen Hays

Canada: Bank trims forecast, rate plan Globe and Mail / Terry Weber

Uranium, coal hot commodities Globe and Mail / Angela Barnes

CA: Governor embraces new bridge-funding idea Oakland Tribune / Steve Geissinger

Rising rates to hit home sales CNN

Bank Portfolio Exposure to Emerging Markets and Its Effects on Bank Market Value pdf FDIC

Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI) Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Risks and Benefits: Health on Account David M. Katz

Salvation Army donations down The State / Noelle Phillips

Kodak Restatement Looms / Stephen Taub

Newsday faked bulk sales of papers Newsday via South Florida sun Sentinel / Mark Harrington and James T. Madore

Sears Posts $378M Profit in 4th Quarter AP via Forbes

CO: Metro apartment vacancies climb, vexing landlords Denver Post / Christine Tatum

IL: Skyway revenue helps city lift bond outlook, not rating Chicago Sun Times / Fran Spielman

Treasuries Decline on View Yields Don't Reflect Growth Outlook Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

IL: Washington Mutual plans to open 20 more local branches Chicago Sun Times / Mary Wisiniewski

Benefit-Cut Phobia National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Canada: Bank lowers economic forecast CP via Toronto Star

Canada: High dollar to slow economic growth more than previously expected: Bank of Canada CP via Financial Post and

Verizon Grosses $3.04B in Fourth Quarter AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Bruce Meyerson

Can the private-equity bonanza last? The Economist

Six-figure jobs: Lobbying as a career CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

US Treasuries hurt by worries over foreign demand Reuters / Wayne Cole

Fed to consider inflation target: WSJ Reuters via CNN

Agencies Issue Statement on Implementation of Basel II Framework Federal Reserve Board

U.S. Economy: 2004 Durable Goods Orders Rise Most in Decade Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Swirl of near-term events may hit dollar hard Reuters / Kevin Plumberg

Dollar falls against yen, euro CBS Marketwatch / Nick Godt & Osamu Tsukimori

KPMG wins corporate booby prize Guardian / Duncan Campbell

Have U.S. Government Bonds Learned to Levitate? Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Will It Be Another Sleeper Year for Fed Policy? Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

The Fallacies of Underconsumptionism Ludwig von Mises Institute / Wladimir Kraus

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin

UK: First rise in mortgage arrears since 1998 Guardian / Miles Brignall

Is the global economy set for trouble? BBC News / Tim Weber

OPEC May Postpone Production Cuts as Oil Nears $50 a Barrel Bloomberg / Jim Efstathiou Jr.

Sinking Dollar Dominates Davos Debate NY Times / Mark Landler

Will Yuan Be Made Flexible First? Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee



Fed meeting, earnings Globe and Mail / Terry Weber and Roma Luciw

An outsourcing reversal: Chinese firms in US Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

CBO keeps White House honest CNN / Kathleen Hays

McDonald's hints at sale of Mexican food chain FT / Amy Yee

Treasury Traders See Pain In Move To Decimals Bondweek / Olivia Thetgyi

Hello, I Must Be Going Bondweek

Wal-Mart may have driven the merger NY Times via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Constance L. Hays

Foolish Wisdom Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Big bucks, and job cuts CBS Marketwatch / Andrea Coombes

Venezuela, Defying S&P, Says It Won't Make Payment Bloomberg /Alex Kennedy

Motorola gets back its old number Dallas Morning News / Terry Maxon

Living the Davos buzz BBC News / Tim Weber

Yen’s rollercoaster ride amid Chinese whispers FT / Steve Johnson

Bush Taking Social Security Plan to 5 States' Voters Bloomberg / Jay Newton-Small

Measure for measure CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Some analysts see dollar revival in 2005 MSNBC / Roland Jones

Buffett profit no close shave CNN

Blame America Forbes / Michael Freeman

DirecTV Loses $283 Million AP via LA Times

UK: Mortgage approvals plummet by 38% BBC News

Honeywell Is Sued Over Bond Sale Bloomberg via LA Times

US Treasuries enjoy relief rally on GDP, inflation Reuters / Wayne Cole

U.S. municipal funds see $269 mln of inflows – AMG Reuters

United lost $644 million, to scale back capacity 3% USA Today / Dan Reed

PA: These U.S. statistics put Phila. ahead of Boston Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Morgan Bankers Talk About Making It in U.S. Munis Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Cell phone shipments set record AP via Orlando Sentinel

P&G to acquire Gillette in $57bn stock swap FT / James Politi, David Wells and Jeremy Grant

Sweet Are the Uses of Financial-Market Volatility Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Does the Market Know How to Price Al-Qaeda? Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

Bush Ignores Reality of Social Security Funds Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Government bonds The Economist

Watching America: Will It Listen to Foreigners, or Do as It Pleases? NY Times / Floyd Norris

Saudis Shift Toward Letting OPEC Aim Higher NY Times / Jad Mouawad

UK: House prices nudge up Guardian / Ashley Seager

Japanese Bonds Rise; Yields at Lowest Since March on Weak Data Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

If China Shuns Dollar, Look Out U.S. Bonds Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Japan's December Production, Household Spending Fall Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

Brazil Says It's Ready to Raise Rates for 6th Time Bloomberg / Charles Penty


Alan Greenspan: A Lesson In Drunken Driving National Investor via Safehaven / Chris Temple

A New Economic Elite Lew Rockwell / Hans F. Sennholz

Big-name investors sue KPMG Houston Chronicle / L.M. Sixel

Halliburton: Iran's not worth it Houston Chronicle / David Ivanovich

Social Security: Look before leaping into reforms Newsday / Margaret McCollom, Lawrence Werkstell and Robert L. Harrison

Investors Pour Into Global Funds LA Times / Josh Friedman

EU considers fining Microsoft up to $5 million U.S. a day Reuters via Toronto Star

Microsoft dividend boosts incomes CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Rex Nutting

Let's tap the keg Rocky Mountain News / David Milstead

Are bubbling housing prices headed for a meltdown? Washington Post via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Kenneth Harney

Soros Says Greenspan Lost Credibility Helping Bush Bloomberg / Michael McKee

Chinese Officials Back `Stable' Currency, Rebuff Global Appeal Bloomberg / James Hertling

OPEC Panel Recommends No Change in Quota AP via Baltimore Sun / Matt Moore

Government computer blunders are common AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Ted Bridis

S.C. tourism officials predict ‘breakout year’ AP via The State / Bruce Smith

P&G, Gillette deal a matter of clout Chicago Tribune / Mike Hughlett, Becky Yerak, John Schmeltzer and Michael Oneal

Bush Committed to New World Trade Talks AP via Newsday / Alexander G. Higgins

Saudi Oil Minister Says $50 Oil No Threat to Growth Bloomberg / Sean Evers

ChevronTexaco profit doubles San Francisco Chronicle / George Rain

A Merger in Search of a Home. Yours NY Times / Eric Dash

Gillette's Kilts Expects More Consumer-Product Industry Mergers Bloomberg via Google News / Steve Matthews and Adam Levy

MCI May Be New Belle of the Acquisition Ball NY Times / Ken Belson

McDonald’s Corp.: Profit triples; '04 sales growth best since '87 Chicago Tribune / John Schmeltzer

A Star Turn on a Larger Stage NY Times / Alan Cowell

Microsoft's Gates, World's Richest Man, Bets Against the Dollar Bloomberg / James Hertling and Simon Clark



Are the Wealthy Really Happier? Business Week via MSNBC / Jack Ewing

Stock, industry rankings give regions bragging rights USA Today / Matt Krantz

OH: Foreclosures on the rise, too, distorting area home market Akron Beacon Journal / Gloria Irwin

KS: Housingmarket threepeats Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

They Invested Years in Private Accounts LA Times / Janet Hook

US Congressional Budget Office: Gold to Keep Rising! Euro vs Dollar Currency War Monitor via Safehaven / Alex Wallenwein

Week ahead: Focus on rates and jobs data FT / Chris Flood

Hiring Probably Accelerated in January: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

AARP: Don't mess with Social Security Chicago Tribune / Jill Zuckerman

Bank Profits Hurt by Fannie and Freddie Securities Reuters / Aleksandrs Rozens

Spate of mergers might signal return of confidence St. Louis Post Dispatch  / David Nicklaus

If Bush is like LBJ, look out, economy Des Moines Register / David Elbert

First, Go After The Tax Cheats Washington Post / Albert B. Crenshaw

Which Vanilla Do You Like Best? Reuters / Linda Stern

Fed's closed-door meetings affect millions AP via The Virginian-Pilot / Jeannine Aversa

Auto Sales Seen Posting Slight Gain Reuters via Google News

Combined Coors-Molson Faces Tough Market Mercury News / Dandy Shore

Fed sees binge that must end Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Last year turned out dandy for bonds; is '05 ripe for a repeat? Chicago Tribune / Andrew Leckey

Metals are shining: Investors are mining with new fiscal tools Wall Street Journal via Miami Herald / Jeff D. Opdyke and Jane J. Kim

US oil companies awarded Libyan licenses FT / Kevin Morrison and Doug Cameron

How Social Security Might Change Wall Street Journal / Jackie Calmes

Canada: Cascades goes with dollar's flow Globe and Mail / Bertrand Marotte

The Sisterhood Judging WorldCom NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson and Ken Belson

CO: It's distilled vs. holy spirits on Sundays Denver Post / Al Lewis

CO: Job cuts may be on tap Denver Post / Al Lewis

Juries Go Easier On CEOS NY Post / Terry Keenan

Now could be the time to sell your business AP via Omaha World Herald

UK: Gillette deal highlights UK job losses This is London

War in Iran 'would dent world economy' Evening Standard via This is London / Steve Hawkes

UK: KPMG 'pushed illegal tax dodge' Guardian – Observer / Nick Mathiason

Can Angelina Jolie Really Save the World? NY Times / Timothy L. O’Brien

U.S. Property Prices Too High? Some Funds Look Abroad NY Times / J. Alex Tarquino

Lessons for the American Empire NY Times / Anna Bernasek

P&G declares war in a New World order Guardian – Observer / Frank Kane

The Crystal Ball's Verdict on the Market's Future: Hazy NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

These Stock Options Just Didn't Add Up NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Best C.E.O.'s? Er, Never Mind NY Times / Mark A. Stein

OPEC Suggests No Output Change Till Cut in April NY Times / Jad Mouawad



Real-Time Muni Bond Prices MSRB and BMA Partner to Make New Trading Data Available for Free Bond Market Association

The CEO-English Phrasebook Slate / Daniel Gross

UK: Age of older workers is dawning fast The Scotsman / Alison Chisholm

Trade's Big Bite Out of Growth Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Englund and Rick MacDonald

Online ads win over the brand leaders BBC News / Alex Kleiderman

What do deals mean to investors? USA Today / Matt Krantz

What does SBC, AT&T merger mean? Dallas Morning News / Vikas Bajaj and Terry Maxon

A Free Lunch on Easy Street Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Views from Davos... Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

China and Commodity Prices Daily Reckoning / Paul van Eeden

Best Buy plans to open 73 stores Kansas City Business Journal

Corporate America's new mantra: Buy, Buy Buy! Globe and Mail / Shawn McCarthy

Greenspan's choice: Party or pain Hindu Business Line via Fiends Super Bear Page / V. Anantha Nageswaran

UK: Brown has '20% chance of meeting golden rule' Evening News via Scotsman

The Future of Gold As Money Americans for a Free Republic via Safehaven / Nelson Hultberg

MO: Inflation gets grip on St. Louis area St. Louis Post Dispatch / Eric Heisler

CA: Gov. may upend state politics Oakland Tribune / Steve Geissinger

Cheese Buyers Turn Blue Over High Prices NY Post / Coeli Carr

Savings rate data disguised Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Visible hands The Economist

Study grades states on management / Kathleen Murphy

Findings identify best and worst states Government Performance Project via

New TVs' prices plummet AP via Denver Post / Elliot Spagat

The last call of an American legend The Economist

The Bear's Lair: No consensus on consensus UPI via Insight on The News / Martin Hutchinson

Why Davos Is Worth the Effort Business Week via MSNBC / Jack Ewing

Mexicans in U.S. sent home $16.6B in 2004 AP via Beaufort Gazette

Dollar edges higher as traders await Fed decision, G7 meeting AFP via Turkish Press

Less ease, but no squeeze CBS Marketwatch via Google News / Dr. Irwin Kellner

Chicago Fed Letter Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Contingent Reserves Management: An Applied Framework Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Ricardo Caballero and Stavros Panageas

Networks, Theme Parks Boost Disney Dow Jones via and Google News

UK: The Treasury's flawed forecasting Telegraph / Ruth Lea

Citigroup bond market trading memo revealed FT / Päivi Munter

Short-dated Treasuries down on expected rate rise FT / Jennifer Hughes, Alex Skorecki and Mariko Sanchanta

Home inventory may come in handy The State

US Treasuries pare losses on data, long-end bid Reuters / Ellen Freilich

Brazil Sells $1.25 Bln of 20-Year Bonds, Person Says Bloomberg / Elzio Barreto

Standard & Poor's Upgrades Russia AP via Forbes and Google News

Exxon Mobil profits exceed $25bn BBC News

Bush's Dividend, Capital-Gains Tax Cuts Imperiled By Deficit Bloomberg / Michael Forsythe and Ryan Donmoyer

Dems give 'pre-buttal' to Bush's pending speech Reuters / Thomas Ferraro

Bring Back Democracy to America Forbes / Steve Forbes

Marsh, Spitzer Settle Insurance Conflicts Probe AP via Washington Post / Michael Gormley

Citi's Rainy Day Strategy Forbes / Robert Lenzner

Risk controls urged for Bank of China AP via NJ Post / Elaine Kurtenbach

Baby Boomers adapt to having baby bosses Chicago Tribune / Bonnie Miller

Good, Bad, and Ugly? National Review / Victor A. Canto

Euro markets worry U.S. AP via Toronto Star / Michael J. Martinez

Iraq: Defying the bombers to cast their votes The Economist

President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform US Treasury

Privatize Social Security before politicians spend it Chicago Sun Times / Paul L. Kasriel

Is Social Security's number up? Chicago Tribune / William Neikirk

Hedge fund fees as high as 30% San Antonio Express News

From 'non-event' to headline grabber: a Fed meeting is about to get interesting FT / Andrew Balls

Economists expect U.S. Fed will pitch another rate hike this week Globe and Mail via Google News / Barrie McKenna

Oil Falls After OPEC Leaves Quotas Unchanged, Iraqi Vote Passes Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

New Residential Sales U.S. Census Bureau

Personal income up record 3.7% on Microsoft payout USA Today via Google News

Busy, busy, busy CNN / Kathleen Hays

US Treasuries subdued on mixed factory, home data Reuters

FL: Huge demand is behind soaring home prices in S. Florida South Florida sun Sentinel / Robyn Friedman

MA: Housing, immigration called keys to the future Boston Globe / Diane E. Lewis

WI: Matchmakers behind the money Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Avrum D. Lank

MN: Lenders bet on casinos Minneapolis Star Tribune / Chris Serres

FL: IT pros see lot of major cons to their chosen field South Florida Sun Sentinel / Ian Katz

Turkey's Economy Gaining Respect FT via LA Times / Vincent Boland

Muni-Bond Investors, Once `at Dealer's Mercy,' Get Live Prices Bloomberg / William Selway

Carlyle Group Prepares for the Next Generation Washington Post / Terence O'Hara

Federal Reserve Is Expected to Continue Raising Rates NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Treasury Investors Less Bearish Before Fed Meeting, Jobs Report Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Finally, a budget ax appears Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Why businesses are once again keen to merge Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

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