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Talent shortage for government? Dallas Morning News / Steve Quinn

WI: Manufacturing growth slows as rebound continues Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Thomas Content

Interest rates yield concerns Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Association Launches Redesigned Investor Ed Website Bond Market Association

Bond Market Association Calls 1933 Act Reform an Important Step in Modernizing Securities Offering Process, Has Concerns About Application to Asset-Backed Securities Bond Market Association

Haines Warns Of Indirect G-37 Abuses Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Detroit's Big Water Deal Bond Buyer / Elizabeth Carvlin

Risk Factors Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Looking for Gaps / John Goff

Spotless Minds Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Asian Carmakers Boost Share on Nissan, Hyundai Gains Bloomberg / Alan Ohnsman

Strong earnings send stocks higher ahead of Fed announcement AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Meg Richards

Catching a big one Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Bobby White

Gold tallies 4-day loss of more than 6 usd ADVFN via Kitco

AZ: Errors are uncovered in state's jobless pay Capitol Media via Arizona Republic / Howard Fischer

Hot U.S. housing market shows more signs of cooling AP via Toronto Star

Bush May Back Curbs on Accounts Washington Post / Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Weisman

Latin American countries ready to bring bananas back to WTO AFP via EU Business

China's Big, Dirty Secret Business Week via MSNBC / Brian Bremner

Bush to propose cutting Amtrak subsidies Reuters via MSNBC and 1st Headlines

CBO chief: Boomers to strain budget CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Republicans Top Democrats Financially Newsmax

NC: Rental market reviving Raleigh News and Observer / Jack Hagel

CA: Rents may rise with mortgage rates Orange County Register / Hang Nguyen

CA: Cities prevented from regulating mortgages AP via Orange County Register / David Kravets

CA: Minority home buyers miss shot Mercury News via Inside Bay Area / Alec Rosenberg

GM, Ford report soft January sales; Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan healthy gains CP via Financial Post / Sarah Karush

Sins of commission The Economist

Currency speculators remain cautious FT / Steve Johnson

Oil Falls $1 in Sell-Off on OPEC Cut Talk Reuters via Google News

U.S. cattlemen ask judge to block Canada beef imports AP via Denver Post / Becky Bohrer

Citigroup ‘planned bigger deals’ in bond trade FT / Päivi Munter and Patrick Jenkins

Treasuries fall on hint of strong jobs data FT / Jenny Wiggins, Charles Batchelor and Mariko Sanchanta

Billion Dollar Babies The Economist

China had role in Yukos split-up BBC News

Google's 4th-Qtr Profit Jumps as Sales Top $1Billion Bloomberg / Jonathan Thaw

Google blows away estimates CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Penneys on prowl for Sears, Kmart workers Chicago Tribune / Becky Yerak

Job cuts loom for AT&T workers AP via Buffalo News / Ellen Simon

AT&T hangs up telephone legacy San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

Hooters Air has eyes on expansion Denver Post / Al Lewis

Hot Stats—Texas State & Metro Employment, Seasonally Adjusted Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Just how nervous are Alan Greenspan & Co.? MSNBC / Jim Jubak

Factors Fed to consider at rate-setting meeting Reuters / Andrea Ricci

Measure for measure CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Fed Voters Face `More Difficult' Task in Greenspan's Final Year Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerald

WI: Report raises alarm on nursing Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Doris Hajewski

Handicapping Friday’s Report on Employment NY Post / John Crudele

CA: State's Average Gas Price Is Back Above $2 a Gallon LA Times / James F. Peltz

US Treasuries ready for Fed, wary of ISM surprise Reuters / Wayne Cole

January Manufacturing ISM Report On Business Institute for Supply Management

No Prunes at Costco? Not a Problem for the CPI Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Survey: Economists forecast steady growth in 2005 USA Today / Sue Kirchhoff and Barbara Hansen

The tiny and the economic CNN / Kathleen Hays

Bush, GOP Make Tax Simplification Complicated Bloomberg / Andrew Ferguson

JPMorgan Risks Losing Lucrative Clients, Texas Pacific Says Bloomberg / Simon Clark and Brett Cole

Don't Let Dismal January Barometer Bring You Down Bloomberg / Chet Currier

American Express to Spin Off AEFA Unit AP via Forbes

Merger Activity Picks Up Steam LA Times / Josh Friedman

Mergers can help consumers, analysts say Boston Globe / Peter J. Howe

Average Russians can only suffer for living in interesting times Taipei Times / Yegor Gaidar

Simple Multiplication - The Real Problem Behind The US Trade Deficit? Contrary Investor via Safehaven

From stump to State, Bush's rhetoric Christian Science Monitor / Liz Marlantes

Troubled FT cuts 20 journalists Guardian / Jane Martinson

Hitting the Tax-Break Jackpot NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

U.S. Growth Rate May Be Revised Reuters via NY Times

Australian Central Bank May Keep Key Rate Unchanged at 5.25% Bloomberg / Fergus Maguire

South Korean Exports Rise at Slowest Pace in 1 1/2 Years on Stronger Won  Bloomberg

Russia: S&P Upgrades Russia to BBB- Moscow Times / Guy Faulconbridge

Russia: McDonald's Plans 105 New Outlets Moscow Times / Maria Levitov

Dollar Near 1-Week High Versus Yen; Fed to Lift Rates on Growth Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose


Treasuries flat as focus shifts to U.S. jobs data Reuters

S&P cuts Fannie's corporate governance rating Washington Business Journal / Jeff Clabaugh

No Relief For Real-Time Abusers Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Citigroup says bond traders ‘miscalculated’ FT / Päivi Munter

US Jan Job Gains Seen Strong, Erasing Bush Losses Reuters / Andrea Hopkins

MA: State suspends investment in Fidelity Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

Social Security, stocks link carries risk Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Keeping Score on Tax Reform National Review / David Malpass

Bush Says Social Security Revamp May Involve Cuts Reuters / Steve Holland

What 'Dr. Bush' Ought to Prescribe Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

U.S. oil supplies decline AP via Globe and Mail

Mexican Peso Advances on Fed's `Measured' Target Rate Increase Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

CA: O.C. jobless rate lowest in U.S. Orange County Register

Stock Tickers Hardly Twitched Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Amazon falls as earnings miss forecast FT / Simon London

Complaints over Net auctions nearly double since 2002 AP via The State / Genaro C. Armas

Gateway chief to sell stock Orange County Register

EU executive fires warnings at eurozone big three AFP via EU Business

Castro to EU: 'We don't need you' AFP via EU Business

Deficits put world on notice Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Fed Raises Target Rate to 2.5%, Keeps `Measured' Plan Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerald and Craig Torres

Fed increases US interest rates BBC News

Gee, Banking Can Be Fun! Slate / Daniel Gross

State of the Union address Christian Science Monitor

Bush: Must fix Social Security now CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Bush Says Open to Social Security Ideas, Sets Limits Bloomberg / Holly Rosenkrantz and Roger Runningen

Blockbuster makes hostile Hollywood bid AP via Seattle Times / David Koenig

S stands for Sears, but not much longer Chicago Tribune / Becky Yerak

Koreans World's Most Active Card Users Korea Times / Choi Kyong-ae

Germany: Five million reasons to worry The Economist

Five million Germans out of work BBC News

The London Exchange's Last Days? Business Week via MSNBC / Beth Carney

Grasso's Webb Forbes

Sources say Bush Social Security plan won't affect 55 and up AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Deb Reichmann

Bankrupted by illness Newsday via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Kathleen Kerr

Treasuries take Fed rate rise in stride FT / Jennifer Hughes, Alex Skorecki and Mariko Sanchanta

Citigroup says bond traders ‘miscalculated’ FT / Päivi Munter

Who will fill Greenspan's shoes? CNN / Chris Isidore

Mum's the word CNN / Kathleen Hays

FOMC Statement Federal Reserve Board

Feds Nudge Interest Rate to 2.5 Percent Washington Post / Nell Henderson

Fed's at throttle, shifting into cruise Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Delighting in the dollar's decline San Francisco Chronicle / Birgitta Forsberg

A fine print day CNN / Kathleen Hays

U.S. Treasury has no plan to issue 30-year bonds Reuters

Argentine Debt Rating to Be Rised by S&P After Restructuring Bloomberg / Daniel Helft

Fool's Paradise Forbes / Bernard Condon

U.S. rates seen rising as Fed mulls inflation goal Reuters / Glenn Somerville

NYSE Report Calls Grasso Pay `Far Beyond Reasonable' Bloomberg / Philip Boroff

Aging Population Poses Global Challenges Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

U.S. Muni Bond Issuers Get Lowest Rates Since 1968 Bloomberg / Joe Msyak

Long Bonds and the Yield Curve fx Money Trends via Safehaven / Jes Black

UK: Strong pound brings factory job cuts Guardian / Charlotte Moore

Russia: Inflation Soars, Ruble Rate Targeted Moscow Times

Australia: Time to push deficit panic button Sydney Morning Herald / John Garnaut

Russia: What Took Standard & Poor's So Long? Reuters via Moscow Times / Sndrew Hurst

Car maker puts bond markets in a spin Telegraph / Paul Farrow

In a Tough Month for Autos, Ford Takes the Biggest Fall NY Times / Danny Hakim

Accents of Africa: A New Outsourcing Frontier NY Times / Marc Lacey

G-7 Needs Cathartic Conversation About Currencies Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Bush sets out to revive fiscal credibility FT / James Harding, Holly Yeager and Christopher Swann


Data too important to ignore Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Hiring expected to pick up, but not in all sectors Dallas Morning News / Angela Shah

Fannie, Freddie regulator seeks power to close companies CBS Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

States want a say on cyberspace calls / Pamela M. Prah

NC: Insurance companies request increase Raleigh News and Observer

Message In A Bottle Forbes / David M. Ewalt

New Sears Holding Company to Be Junk-Rated AP via Forbes

CA: Pension fund is looking overseas Sacramento Bee / Gilbert Chan

Warm weather, gas stockpile send oil prices below $47 AP via Bradenton Herald / Brad Foss

Are Commodity Prices Headed for Switch to Euros? Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Rates increase another notch Cox News via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Michel E. Kanell

Martha to star in new Apprentice CP via Financial Post / Derrik J. Lang

The rise of the superbrands The Economist

Love is in the air The Economist

Comcast surprises with robust earnings AP via Seattle Times / Charles Sheehan

Cisco fiscal Q2 profit surge expected CBS Marketwatch / John Shinal

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall again AP via USA Today / Martin Crutsinger

Summit expected to be anticlimactic CBA Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Emily Church & Greg Robb

Household debt The Economist

Rich countries mull growth plans BBC News / Jorn Madslien

Treasuries down amid worry over supply glut FT / Jennifer Hughes, Paivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

Bullish on bonds, but for how long? CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

U.S. bond investors stuck with low yields Reuters / Richard Leong

The Fed's Act II: Repeat Act I Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Wallace

The revolution, phase two The Economist

Bush's State of Social Security Business Week via MSNBC / Richard S. Dunham

Bush budget to curb domestic spending below inflation rate AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Alan Fram

The economics of sharing The Economist

Labor market finally in gear? CNN / Chris Isidore

Is the system really going 'bankrupt'? CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

On Wall St., alphabet is up for grabs CNN / Gordon T. Anderson

The Predictive Abilities of the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Survey Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Fiscal Facts pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

U.S Monetary Authorities Did Not Intervene In FX Market During the Fourth Quarter Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Sizing Up Social Security Pimco / Bill Gross

Bankers' glee at Citi woes turns to fallout fears Reuters / Alistair MacDonald

Treasurys dented by economic data CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

U.S. Economy: Productivity Slowed in Fourth Quarter Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

U.S. Retailers' January Sales Rise More Than Expected Bloomberg / Rachel Katz

Fed still has a ways to go before rates hit 'neutral' point Reuters / Jonathan Burton

Fed cranks up rate 0.25% again San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

Hollywood boss quits amid Blockbuster bid AP via Seattle Times

ECB holds interest rates at 2 per cent FT / Steve Johnson

US Treasuries trim losses on service job slowdown Reuters

Qwest in Talks to Buy MCI Forbes AP via Forbes

Greenspan to testify to US budget panel March 2 Reuters

U.S. Fourth-Quarter Productivity Rises at a 0.8% Rate Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Merrill's O'Neal Got Pay Increase and Then Some Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Fed's Increase Is Case of Perfect Transparency Bloomberg / John M. Berry

All the news that's fit to be given away Christian Science Monitor / Stephen Humphries

The fate of the Google bubble CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / David Callaway

US warns on risk of net-based telephony FT / Simon London

A.G. Edwards accused of market-timing Boston Herald / Brett Arends

Ownership Society versus New Deal Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

Japanese Bonds Decline After Yields at 11-Month Low Damp Demand Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

ECB to Keep Rates Unchanged as Unemployment Rises, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Brian Swint

Bahrain: Key US Report on Bahrain Gulf Daily News

Australia: Economy very strong Herald Sun

Bill easing yuan's tie to dollar on horizon Bloomberg via Omaha World Herald

Yen Drops; G-7 May Refrain From Urging Stronger Asia Currencies Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Fed raises interest rates for sixth time Guardian / Ashley Seager

Fed Steps Up Interest Rates a Sixth Time NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

'Unfettered Authority' That Led to Overreaching at the Big Board NY Times / Floyd Norris

Dollar Gains on View U.S. Created Most Jobs in Three Months Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose 



Busting the bond myth CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

Insider buying hits 12-year low in Jan. CBS Marketwatch / Dan Gallagher

Bush targets domestic spending in '06 CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Dissecting the president's Social Security plan MSNBC / Martin Wolk

China: Fuzzy Numbers No More? Business Week via MSNBC / Brian Bremner and Dexter Roberts

Bond Debacle Coming? Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

All Signs Point to Bubble Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / Kurt Richebächer

NV: Hooters Air arrives in Vegas Las Vegas Sun / Richard N. Velotta

Emerging Markets and Macroeconomic Volatility: Conference Summary Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Greenspan comments help dollar hit three-month high against euro AFP via Turkish Press

Dollar surges on Greenspan US deficit comments FT via Google News / Andrew Balls and Chris Giles

Source: OPEC won't cut output unless prices fall to about $37 a barrel AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Brad Foss

Please bring back the 30-year bond Slate / Daniel Gross

Euro Mart To Put Servicer Risk In Crosshairs Bondweek / Marlies Morsink

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Yield Drops to 1-Month Low on Jobs Report Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues

Lehman Sales Star Moves To Greenwich Capital Bondweek

Korea: Banks Upgrade Credit Risk Management Korea Times / Choi Kyong-ae

Higher oil prices rescue beleaguered Shell Independent / Jeremy Warner

Social Phobia / Donald Luskin

Love a many-splurging thing: $178 for Valentine's Day LA Daily News via Orange County Register

World Bank sees slowdown in China economy Reuters

Workers Say Lender Ran 'Boiler Rooms' LA Times / Mike Hudson and E. Scott Reckard

U.S. Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Greenspan Sees Improving Trade Deficit / Lisa Yoon

ATA's boardings fall 26.5% Indianapolis Star / Ted Evanoff

Bush plan holds promise for Wall St. Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

Obsessing about jobs CNN / Kathleen Hays

Nonfarm Payrolls Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Treasuries Rise; Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Forecast Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues

Current account Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Greenspan Sees Trade Gap Stabilizing Reuters via Google News / Glenn Somerville

Greenspan Says Current Account Gap May Begin to Fall Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Science Needs A Profit Motive Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Gross criticizes Social Security plan CNN

Hevesi's Bond Study Shows What Wall Street Does Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

The Fed's Trip to Neutrality Could Use a Roadmap Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Stock Index Mutual Funds Lose a Bit of Their Zoom Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Russia: $9Bln Reserves Jump Could Solve a Riddle Moscow Times / Catherine Belton

Yukos Fugitives Feted in U.S. Moscow Times / Valeria Korchagina

UK: House price and services data may spell rate rise Guardian / Ashley Seager

Deutsche Bank takes the axe to 6,400 jobs in 'realignment' plan Independent / James Daly

Embracing Reality at a Subdued Deutsche Bank NY Times / Mark Landler

For MCI, Qwest May Not Be Most Desirable NY Times / Ken Belson and Matt Richtel

Forget the Euro. 2005 Is the Year of the Yen Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Emerging-market investment The Economist

G-7 meeting may fall short of high hopes AP, Reuters and Bloomberg via IHT

China Denies It Had a Role in Sale of Yukos Gas Unit NY Times via Google News / Erin E. Arvedlund

Japanese 10-Year Bonds Head for 5th Weekly Gain on Stocks Slump Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Dollar Poised for Third Weekly Advance Before U.S. Jobs Report Bloomberg / John Brinsley 


WA: Area home sales soar 21% Seattle Post Intelligencer / Brad Wong

U.S. job hikes leave Hoover in dust Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Weakening U.S. dollar means complex headache for Japan's manufacturers CP via Financial Post / Yuri Kageyama

PNC, Riggs can't agree on reduced price Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Michael Yeomans

Despite record payroll, fewer may be looking for work San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

Dollar to keep recent strength after G7 CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Greg Robb

WA: Housing supply shrinks; buyers scramble Seattle Times / Elizabeth Rhodes

They build houses, don't they? NY Times via IHT / Floyd Norris

Amtrak board nomination dies Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Maria Recio

Generational gap on Social Security plan Chicago Tribune / Mark Silva

Government can't get $280 billion from tobacco companies AP via Detroit Free Press / Hilary Roxe

G-7 Says Growth `Robust,' Keeps Currency Stance Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Gonzalo Vina

Working for Top Bosses on Wall St. Has Its Perks NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

UK: Bankruptcies leap by a third This Is London / Michael Clarke

UK: Personal bankruptcies hit all-time high as debt levels rise Independent / Rachel Stevenson

Chancellor tells Opec that oil market manipulation must stop Guardian / Larry Elliott

Bush Says Private Accounts Are a Part of the Solution LA Times / Warren Vieth

The Airline That Refused to Die NY Times / Micheline Maynard

Japanese Bonds Drop on Week; Yields at 11-Month Low Sap Demand Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane



Deficit tutorial for home buyers LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

FL: The home equity house of cards South Florida Sun Sentinel / Robyn A. Friedman

Bush fix a bad bet to Gross Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Greenspan can't rest on laurels in last year as Fed chairman Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Tom Saler

Retail stock pickers could find slimmer pickings Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Doris Hajewski

Adam Smith Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

TX: Condo craze keeps building Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Group of appraisers working to keep the profession honest Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Deficit is the big question in '06 budget Dallas Morning News / Robert Dodge

What institutional players consider San Francisco Chronicle / Harry Domash

Why I Hate Wealth Managers Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Clements

How to Buy ETFs (If You Must) Wall Street Journal / Paul B. Farrell

Takeover bandwagon keeps rolling San Francisco Chronicle / Jenny Strasburg

What to Do Amid All the Big Deals Wall Street Journal / Gregory Zuckerman

EBay stutters on fees Reuters via CNN

MD: Boston, sorry about that corporate hub, but learn from Baltimore Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Social Security plan is a good idea San Francisco Chronicle / Arthur M. Louis

Details reveal drawbacks of Social Security investment plan San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

After recent lull in audits, IRS steps up enforcement, closes loopholes, looks for red flags San Diego Union Tribune / Mike Freeman

Americans eye UK banks as profits set new records Guardian – Observer / Heather Connon

Europe needs reminded of economic truths Scotsman / Bill Jamieson

Trade Deficit Probably Shrank in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

Fed chairman praises father of modern economics, Adam Smith AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Cheney Says U.S. Can Borrow for Social Security Bloomberg / James Rowley

Gas could be costly for summer motorists AP via Beaufort Gazette / Brad Foss

Wanted: Credit Ratings. Objective Ones, Please. NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Get ready for the costs of a long life Seattle Times / Scott Burns

G7: Status quo vs. China Reuters via CNN

UK: Bank 'to keep base rates on hold' BBC News

Gordon Brown claims G7 breakthrough on debt FT / Friederike Tiesenhausen Cave

Markets: No bogeymen? CNN

Investors get little help from disclosure Seattle Times / Charles Jaffe

Some Strategists See Home Building Peak AP via Chicago Tribune / Meg Richards

Korea's Inflation Highest Among OECD Nations Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

U.S.'s Taylor Says China Is Committed to Ending Currency Peg Bloomberg via Google News / Simon Kennedy

Will revenue translate to raises? CBS Marketwatch via Myrtle Beach Sun / Andrea Coombes

Some household names have faded into history Chicago Tribune via Orlando Sentinel / Andrew Countryman

If Profits Grow, How Can the Market Sink? NY Times / Mark Hulbert

Is Online Retailing a Victim of Its Own Success? NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

The irresistible lure of the merger Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Megamergers return Toronto Star / David Olive

What numbers will rule the future? Minneapolis Star Tribune / Mike Meyers

Social Security: What's at stake Minneapolis Star Tribune / Mike Meyers

Social Security's Future? First, Consider the Present NY Times / Daniel Altman

The Drexel Diaspora NY Times / Jenny Anderson

Some economists worry that the Fed is too complacent about inflation US News / Matthew Benjamin

UK: Overpaid, oversized and over here Guardian – Observer / Oliver Morgan

Withholding on Social Security Washington Post / Michelle Singletary 



Hedge funds get little blame Houston Chronicle / David Ivanovich

The 'ticking budget' facing the US BBC News / Max Sawicky

Google's St. Valentine's Day massacre? CNN / Eric Hellweg

NV: Expert upbeat on LV housing Las Vegas Sun / Jennifer Shubinski

Free Real-Time Corporate Bond Prices Now Available on Bond Market Association

Argentina Says Third of Bondholders Agree to Swap Bloomberg / Daniel Helft

Courts and Torts: Bankruptcy's Perks / Marie Leone

IMF Survey pdf IMF

Canada: Building permits set record CP via Toronto Star

English risk odds on oddest of wagers Baltimore Sun via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Todd Richissin

The January 2005 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices Federal Reserve Board

Consumer Credit Federal Reserve Board

Oil Prices Fall Below $46 Per Barrel AP via Charlotte Observer / George Jahn

Goldman CEO gets $29 million bonus CNN via Reuters and 1st Headlines

AZ: Court offers help with bankruptcy Arizona Republic / Jodie Snyder

Bush Approval Rating Highest in 13 Months, Gallup Poll Shows Bloomberg / Michael Forsythe

Ten things to know about the federal budget MSNBC / Tom Curry

30-year Treasury price continues climb FT / Ed Holland, Ivar Simensen and Mariko Sanchanta

HSA accounts will become the most popular type of health insurance for small businesses in a few years Cincinnati Business Journal

The Roundtrip Pimco / Mohamed A. El-Erian

Street skeptical of Bush budget CNN / Aaron Smith

Don’t Mess with Texas Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Dollar Up Modestly in January Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

The Sensitivity of Bank Net Interest Margins and Profitability to Credit, Interest-Rate, and Term-Structure Shocks Across Bank Product Specializations pdf FDIC / Gerald Hanweck

Microsoft in Wonderland Ludwig von Mises Institute / D.T. Armentano

US needs to raise saving rate, Fed's Gramlich says Reuters

The President's tough sell CNN / Kathleen Hays

Congress begins Fannie, Freddie scrutiny this week CBS Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Debt write-off deal close says G7 Guardian / Larry Elliott and Ashley Seager

Report: PNC calls off Riggs deal, Riggs sues Pittsburgh Business Times via Google News

Tough budget choices ahead for GOP Chicago Tribune via Baltimore Sun / Jill Zuckerman

Subprime loan surge potentially risky-Fed's Gramlich Reuters

White House questions GSE value, urges changes Reuters

U.S. mortgage bond prepayments decrease in January Reuters

SEC Improves Its Won-Lost Record / Craig Schneider

Bush unveils $2.5 trillion budget Reuters via CNN

White House boosts IRS enforcement funds in budget Reuters

White House Forecasts 3.6% Growth, 2.4% Inflation Bloomberg / Brendan Murray

Scrap Social Security Reform and Super-Size 401(k)s Bloomberg / John Wasik

Oil Futures Fall on Profit-Taking AP via Forbes

Greenspan's Delphic message on US deficit Independent / Stephen King

Australia: RBA in 'hawkish' mood Herald Sun

Russia: CB Ends Ruble Peg to Dollar Reuters via Moscow Times / Douglas Busvine and Meg Clothier

Thailand Is Turning Japanese; a Good Thing? Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Trim Deficit? Only if Bush Uses Magic NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

A New Inquiry Into Big Board Specialists NY Times / Jenny Anderson

Now, the gross corruption product Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Bush hones his pitch on retirement Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

U.S. Treasury Notes Set to Extend Rally After Weak Jobs Report Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues


Flaws inflate some quarters' worth USA Today via 1st Headlines / Barbara Hagenbaugh

Merger Mania Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Street speculation turns to Neiman Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Rating companies on attitude San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

New Yorkers spend more on necessities Newsday / Lauren Weber

Association Testifies on the Role of Credit Rating Agencies Bond Market Association

It's Not About "Investing" Anymore Cross Currents via Fiends Super Bear Page

Fitch warns of US rates jump threat FT / Päivi Munter

Italian Banks to Fund Lawsuits Against Argentina Bloomberg / Steve Scherer

Long-dated bonds rise, short ones flat AP via Beaufort Gazette

Whose Social Security Stash Is It? Business Week via MSNBC / Peter Coy

$2 billion in old tax refunds waiting to be claimed AP via Houston Chronicle

Bush's ‘architect’ builds up his portfolio FT / James Harding and Holly Yeager

Canada: Money still looking tight in coming federal budget, warns finance minister CP via Financial Post / Sandra Cordon

Bush budget would likely bankrupt Amtrak-Moody's Reuters

One more reason to spend Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

WHouse balks at submitting Social Security plan Reuters

Snow urges quick action on Social Security Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Dollar Slips a Bit Against the Euro AP via Forbes

TX: Area home resale figures down for January Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

U.S. mortgage rates unchanged Tuesday – BestInfo Reuters

SEC would see little rise in its funding Chicago Tribune via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrew Countryman

Will housing prices pop? CNN / Chris Isidore

Economic Perspectives Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

EU: Making hay The Economist

Street sweats Cisco's sales CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Mergers may not pay off Philadelphia Inquirer / Todd Mason

Consumers hit harder by medicine copayments Boston Globe / Christopher Rowland

Poll: Make wealthy pay for Soc. Sec. CNN

Snow defends US budget strategy BBC News

Greenback continues its ascent FT / Steve Johnson

Mexico's Peso Declines to 1-Week Low on Inflation Speculation Bloomberg / Adriana Arai

Treasuries steady before auction, 30-year soars Reuters / Ellen Freilich

The Myth of the Neutral Interest Rate Policy Ludwig von Mises Institute / Frank Shostak

Loan Demand Rises, Fed Survey Finds Reuters via LA Times

Snow says tax cuts are key Reuters via CNN

Everyone for himself in federal budget process Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

Behind the Scenes at the FOMC: How the Federal Reserve Determines Monetary Policy Federal Reserve Board / Susan Schmidt Bies

Holding the line? The Economist

UBS Profit Increases on Fees From Wealthy Clients Bloomberg / Philipp Goellner

PA: Social Security plan attracts interest Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

The Next Mania in Investing Might Be Income Fever Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Dollar Gains; Bies Says U.S. Attracting `Tremendous' Investment Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

Oil Prices Fall to a One-Month Low AP via Forbes

The world of corporate bonds is simpler, thanks to the Web Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Eurozone bond yields lifted by dollar rebound FT / Päivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

Australian Bonds Drop; Two-Year Yields Rise to 6-Month High Bloomberg via Google News / Chris Young

Asian Bank Urges China on Currency Reform AP via Forbes

Cell chips with everything The Economist

Dollar Near 3-Month High as U.S. Trade Deficit Probably Shrank Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Moneyization Part Seven Value View Gold Report / Ned W. Schmidt

Poor to pay price of US deficit Guardian / David Teather and Larry Elliott

BOE's King Wants Boredom; So Does China's Zhou? Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

UK: Hot spots lighten house price gloom Guardian / Rupert Jones

Consumers limit growth of their debt AP via Omaha World Herald


Good Riddance, Carly! Slate / Daniel Gross

Bush plan to cut micro business loans criticized Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Rick Romell

Are eBay and Amazon swimming naked? CNN / Eric Hellweg

No easy fix for trade gap Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Do large deficits really matter that much anymore? St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Who set energy policy? San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

Crude up on surprise stockpiles fall FT / Kevin Morrison

Thain Goes Public NY Post / Paul Tharp

Foul-mouth GE director is out NY Daily News / Daniel Dunaief

Sumitomo, Daiwa plan merger-report CBS Marketwatch / Christopher Noble

BofA finalizes mutual funds settlement Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

Hedge Funds Hurt by Currency Losses in January-S&P Reuters / Svea Herbst-Bayliss

Inmates gladly take on odd jobs for low or no pay / Pauline Vu

Bonds Rally After Strong Auction Dow Jones via / Michael Mackenzie

Greenspan's Talks, But What Is He Saying? Reuters / Mike Dolan

Canada: Greenback gains on loonie following analyst report Ottawa Business Journal

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates do Not a Mania Make Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

SEC Moves Raise Questions It's Going Soft AP via ABC News and 1st Headlines / Marcy Gordon

Bush’s Supply-Side Budget National Review / Larry Kudlow

Personal-Account Myths National Review / Cesar Conda

Special Dell-ivery? CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Fiorina severance package: $21.1 million AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Ellen Simon

Bet on baby boomers, stock analysts advise AP via The State / Meg Richards

Cheesecake Factory Posts Hearty Gains LA Times / Julie Tamaki

Seniors embrace cell phones NY Times via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Popularity of online banking grows Dallas Morning News / Ieva M. Augustus

CO: Record year at DIA Rocky Mountain News / Chris Walsh

U.K. Manufacturing Rises 0.6%; Trade Deficit Narrows Bloomberg / Sam Fleming

Benchmark Treasury yields slide below 4% FT / Päivi Munter

Chicago Fed Letter Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Regional Update Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Carly's Comeuppance? Forbes / Dennis Kneale

Ex-Bank of America Unit Executives Accused of Fraud by the SEC Bloomberg / Scott Silvestri and Matthew Keenan

Health costs a big part of GDP Newsday / Randi F. Marshall

Residential real estate booms as investment Minneapolis Business Journal

Copper Rises in New York as Demand Expected to Remain Strong Bloomberg / Matt Chambers

KS: Minnesotans say they see what Wichitans don't Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

UK: Premium bonds go online Guardian / Sandra Haurant

Bond Strategists: Pimco Bets on Emerging-Market Debt Bloomberg / Steve Rothwell

UK: Treasury papers reveal cost of Black Wednesday Guardian / Matthew Tempest

Mismatched dance partners Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Proving criminal intent in handling of asbestos products won't be easy Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Kmart, Sears pool products to create 'Essentials' store Chicago Sun Times / Sandra Guy

Tech Pulse Index Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Dollar Falls Versus Euro; Guynn Says Fed May Drop `Measured' Bloomberg / Mark Tannenbaum

Fed's Guynn in WSJ says language change may be soon Reuters

US Treasuries mixed, put dovish spin on Guynn talk Reuters / Wayne Cole

Will housing prices pop? CNN / Chris Isidore

Dow To 13,000 In A Hurry? Forbes / John Dobosz and Matthew Schifrin

Fiorina out at Hewlett-Packard USA Today

Dec. Inventories Up Less Than Forecast Reuters

Crude oil dips below $45 a barrel BBC News

Biggest U.S. pension fund warns on private equity Reuters via San Diego Union Tribune / Steve Hays

Buying Riggs Has Its Draws, Drawbacks Washington Post / Kathleen Day

Bush's Social Security Plan Assumes Much From Stocks Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman and Ben White

Budget butchery began as tax cuts Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

High yield or high risk? CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

U.S. Considers Stadium Bond, Early Refunding Ban Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Argentina plays chicken with foreign investors Christian Science Monitor / Brian Byrnes

Greenspan Not Really Optimistic on Account Gap Bloomberg / John M. Berry

U.S. 1st-Qtr Growth Outlook Improves on Spending, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Don't count on Social Security CBS Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

Bush's budget cuts would fall near Main Street Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Retirement Turns Into a Rest Stop as Benefits Dwindle NY Times / Eduardo Porter and Mary Williams Walsh

Britain back in the mood for spending Evening Standard via This is London / Jane Padgham

Commonwealth Bank Profit Rose 50% on Mortgages, Costs Bloomberg / Kevin Foley

Dollar's rise against euro may be tough to sustain IHT / Carter Dougherty

Citigroup Mustn't Make Scapegoats of Bond Traders Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Thailand Should Resist Asia's GDP Fetish Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.



Is the Fed Dead? / Lisa Scherzer

China could hurt us badly Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Fed's Stern Says Core Inflation Low, Economy Good Reuters

U.S. Home Prices: Does Bust Always Follow Boom? FDIC

Canada: New home prices continue to climb Ottawa Business Journal

A Call To Inaction Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Tom Dyson

Treasuries yanked lower after spotty 10-yr sale Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Cutting GM's Debt Rating Would Be 'Silly' – CEO Reuters / Michael Ellis

CBO head: Budget makes deficit cuts hard Reuters via CNN

The Real Reason for Social Security Reform National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Bush's `New Deal' Needs Economic Literacy Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Camilli

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall again AP via Miami Herald Martin Crutsinger

Canada: Manulife profit climbs Globe and Mail / Terry Weber

Chile Bank Unexpectedly Boosts Lending Rate to 2.75% Bloomberg / Heather Walsh

IL: Downtown home sales heated Chicago Tribune / Thomas A. Corfman

30-year mortgage rates at 10-month low AP via MSNBC and 1st Headlines

Korea Warned of Low Rates Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Riggs Agrees to Price Cut in PNC Buyout, Saving Deal Bloomberg / Scott Silvestri

Pixar Profits Fall, but Beat Expectations AP via Orlando Sentinel / Gary Gentile

Starbucks' decline irritates chairman AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Allison Lim

Winn-Dixie Losses Continue to Mount AP via Orlando Sentinel / Ron Word

Krispy Kreme shares plunge to all-time low AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Paul Nowell

While President Bush is seeking to make sweeping changes to Social… Wall Street Journal via The State / Karen Damato

Funeral business getting competitive online AP via CNBC / Kristen Hays

UBS, Citigroup Paid Ex-Politicians to Win Bond Work Bloomberg / Martin Z. Braun

Argentina's Congress Bans Improvement in Debt Offer Bloomberg / Eliana Raszewski

Russia bars foreign-owned firms from key assets FT / Arkady Ostrovsky  and Kevin Morrison

Treasuries weaken as auction disappoints FT / Jennifer Hughes, Päivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

WI: Bank One wins pension assets Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Dave Umhoefer

PNC plan to buy Riggs back on track, now at $20 a share Philadelphia Inquirer / Joseph N. DiStefano

Bank of America to overhaul fund unit Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

The market's harsh verdict: Glad to see you're leaving Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Dell Net Falls on Tax Costs; Sales Rise on PC Demand Bloomberg / Connie Guglielmo

Breaking records The Economist

Slim fast The Economist

Profit rises at Ericsson IHT via Google News / Kevin J. O'Brien

Sara Lee to sell big chunk of assets UPI via Washington Times

Verizon enters MCI bidding AP via Seattle Times / Bruce Meyerson

The cell of a new machine The Economist

MCI deal not doomed if chief lured to H-P Denver Post / Tom McGhee

160 years on The Economist

Strong demand triggers oil rally BBC News

Dollar falls sharply after US trade data FT / Steve Johnson

Not quite right The Economist

Robotic warfare drawing nearer Washington Times / Fred Reed

Remarks before the Economic Club of Washington, DC Federal Reserve Bank of New York / Timothy F. Geithner

CA: Experts see no housing bubble San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

L.A. County Home Prices Cool Slightly LA Times / Annette Haddad

Treasuries trimmed by profit-taking before auction Reuters / Wayne Cole

US Treasury's Snow repeats budget testimony in Senate Reuters

Bush Budget Plays `Chicken' With Congress Over Minimum Tax Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer

Trade gap hits record in '04 CNN

U.S. Treasuries May Gain on Speculation Rate Increases to Slow Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

SEC Official Rebuts Fannie Mae Washington Post / David S. Hilzenrath

Improved tax collections help battered state budgets / Pamela M. Prah

Bush Offers Social Security Savers a Call Option Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

Two Issues Face Social Security, and Applying One Answer to Both Is Risky NY Times / Hal R. Varian

Dollar May Drop on Expectations Report to Renew Deficit Concern Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Japan's Wholesale Prices Increase, Squeezing Profits Bloomberg / Lindsay Whipp 


Medicare resurfaces as entitlement titan Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Dutch Downgrade Highlights Governance Risk Bondweek

Economic risks need resolution now CBS Marketwatch / Christopher Noble

Goldilocks economy may live again CBS Marketwatch / Marshall Loeb

The most expensive lingerie Forbes / Breckenridge Ely

WI: One-fifth of U.S. housing market is overpriced, economist says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Michele Derus

Oil companies get Russian setback BBC News

Trade: A Belated Yearend Surprise Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Englund and Rick MacDonald

Greenspan, earnings Globe and Mail / Terry Weber and Roma Luciw

MD: Home prices in region up 18% Baltimore Sun / Lorraine Mirabella

Fed speakers see rates still rising, mull targets Reuters / Daniel Sorid

Saudis to increase oil capacity FT / Kevin Morrison

How Wall Street blurs lines between brokers and advisers CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Jonathan Burton

New Trade Deficit Figures Turning US Economy into a Disaster Movie American Economic Alert via Google News / Alan Tonelson

New tack for health insurance San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

White House spells out list of 150 budget cuts Reuters / Caren Bohan

Farmers Shaken by Bush's Subsidy Plan AP via Chicago Tribune / Jim Wasserman

US Treasuries slip, absorbing supply Reuters / Ellen Freilich

Agency upgrades Gap debt San Francisco Chronicle / Jenny Strasburg

Inflation in Latin America: A New Era? Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

US Economic Outlook pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet Yellen

Regional Economic Briefing pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Citigroup Says Trades May Have Hurt Profit; Cuts Jobs Bloomberg / Justin Baer and Christine Harper

Rig Game Forbes / Christopher Helman

MD: Alex. Brown refugees here face shake-up at Wachovia Baltimore Sun / Bill Atkinson

US Treasuries mixed as curve flattening unwinds Reuters / Chris Reese

US junk bond funds see $287 mln inflow – AMG Reuters

Argentina Seeks IMF Accord, Avoids Foreign Bond Sales Bloomberg / Daniel Helft

Bankruptcy overhaul advancing in Senate AP via Orange County Register

Tighter Bankruptcy Law Favored Washington Post / Kathleen Day

Low mortgage rates make time right for refinancing Arizona Republic / Erica Sagon

CA: Condo sales weigh on home prices San Diego Union Tribune / Roger M. Showley

MI: Condo prices outpace single-family homes Detroit Free Press / David Meyers

Dollar holds steady after Thursday sell-off FT / Steve Johnson

Molson Coors to close Memphis plant AP via Denver Post and Google News

Apple Will Split Shares 2-for-1 as IPod Boosts Sales Bloomberg / Ron Day

Hedge funds success may not be all it seems –study Reuters / Steve Hays

Lazard under investigation in US FT

Citigroup simplifies corporate structure AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Eileen Alt Powell  

Congress Gets Set to Question Municipal Market Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Fed Officials Don't See China Dropping Peg Soon Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Just Like Old Times as Joe Granville Yells `Sell' Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Bush Nears First Win of New Term as Class-Action Bill Advances Bloomberg / James Rowley

A Short-term Look at Interest Rates Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

Hale Advisors Says China, Japan to Buy More Dollars Bloomberg / Chris Anstey and Antony Sguazzin

CNBC Redefines the Word "Sacrifice" Euro Pacific Capital via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Western states see natural gas drilling boom / Eric Kelderman

As deficits soar, why cut taxes? NY Times via IHT / Floyd Norris

Social Security Plan Hinges on the Peg NY Times / Mary Williams Walsh

Democrats find a defiant voice Christian Science Monitor / Liz Marlantes

Soros appeals conviction AP via IHT

UK: RBS says rates will stay settled 'for some time' Scotsman / Nick Bevens

ECB's chief economist foresees a firm recovery IHT / Carter Dougherty

Profits leap 20% at Barclays This is London / Andrew Oxlade

UK: City sees no pre-election rate rise Guardian / Larry Elliott

UK: Bank keeps rates on hold This is London / Michael Clarke

Ghosts of 1997 Haunting Bangkok These Days Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Yen Set for Longest Weekly Losing Steak in 9 Months on Economy Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Exchange rates against the dollar The Economist

The Economist commodity-price index The Economist 


Greenspan’s Whopper Daily Reckoning via Lew Rockwell / Bill Bonner

Blockbuster starts hostile bid for Hollywood Video AP via Long Beach Press / Rukmini Callimachi

Investors come up short on inverse bond funds CBS Marketwatch via IBD and The Bond Market Association / John Spence

Budget gives IRS muscle to audit Washington Times / Tom Ramstack

CA: Jobs are returning to Silicon Valley Bloomberg via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Vivien Lou Chen

New CEO calls perks ‘nutty’ Dow Jones via The State

Winn-Dixie's fiscal profile grim St. Petersburg Times / Mark Albright

Pension deficit disorder Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Canada: Provinces to boost debt Globe and Mail / Roma Luciw

U.S. Treasury Notes Fall as Claims Drop, Government Sells Debt Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues

Greenspan opens up - on his way out CBS Marketwatch via Google News / Rex Nutting

Blockbuster Offering to Buy Hollywood's Bonds Bloomberg via LA Times

Outsourcers are anxious to safeguard your privacy Charlotte Observer / Stella M. Hopkins

O.C. Broker Pleads Guilty LA Times / E. Scott Reckard

CO: Denver's bling fling Rocky Mountain News / James Paton

DC: Former Aide To Mayor Working D.C. For Wal-Mart Washington Post / Michael Barbaro

Canada: The unhinging of a hedge fund Globe and Mail / Sinclair Stewart, Paul Waldie and Karen Howlett

Brokerage Leaves Coalition Washington Post / Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Michigan bank joins LaSalle in name Chicago Tribune / Mark Skertic

Bush says plan benefits blacks Chicago Tribune / Naftali Bendavid

Banks ease up on their bad-debt reserves Seattle Times / Melissa Allison

CA: Economist says Bay-area real estate has peaked Orange County Register / Paul Elias

Boxer comes out fighting San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Amtrak backers hope for money AP via Detroit Free Press / James Prichard

Yen Declines for Fourth Straight Week on Japan Economy Concern Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies and Joshua Krongold

U.S. debt: Watch out for the domino effect IHT / Daniel Altman

Big Oil's Burden of Too Much Cash NY Times / Jad Mouawad

Star CEOs often no help AP via Arizona Republic / Ellen Simon

Verizon Still Undecided About an Offer for MCI NY Times / Matt Richtel

Lazard caught up in Wall Street investigation into gifts The Independent / Katherine Griffiths 



Saving for retirees is problem abroad, too Dallas Morning News / Jim Landers

Google's givers go Democratic USA Today / Jim Hopkins

Love growing strong on Web USA Today / Edward C. Baig

Weak dollar means higher prices on imports Journal News / Allan Drury

Corporate tax break is not growing jobs AP via Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Rachel Beck

Do identities need paid protection? Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

Baby boomers sparing no expense on lifestyle AP via Houston Chronicle / Meg Richards

Fed Claims Disappear in Light of Math Liberty Whistle / Dan Spillane

Rampant consumer spending can't continue, analyst warns Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Bidding war for MCI? CNN

Nothing from nothing CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Paul B. Farrell

Dollar falls in early Asian trading AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

Retail Sales Fall, Production Slows: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Senate seeks reforms making it harder for people to escape debt Hearst via Orange County Register / Judy Holland

Tensions remain between US and EU FT / Peter Spiegel and Daniel Dombey

Sara Lee brought only half a loaf St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Companies scrambling over stock options Seattle Times / Drew DeSilver

AT&T was more than a company to employees Chicago Tribune / Barbara Rose

Giving Away Lots of Money Is Easy, Right? NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Pensions may become footnote in labor history Dallas Morning News via Seattle Times / Pamela Yip

The Short-term Outlook for Crude Oil Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

CA: Home prices may finally be cooling LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

Is Labor Out in Front on Health Care? NY Times / Matt Miller

Emerging debt steady ahead of Greenspan testimony Reuters / Manuela Badawy

MN: Inner-city homes soar in value St. Paul Pioneer Press / Jennifer Bjorhus

Canada: Predicting the loonie's fate is key Toronto Star / Bill Carrigan

Congressional Budget Office: On the record: Douglas Holtz-Eakin San Francisco Chronicle

Social Security By The Numbers: But which numbers? Morning Call / Mark Weisbrot

KS: To survive, Wichita must attract outside clientele Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Mutual funds getting off without admitting guilt CBS Marketwatch via San Francisco Chronicle / Chuck Jaffe

Study finds foreclosures often forced by 'abusive loan terms' San Diego Union Tribune / Emmet Pierce

Commodities get new spin Chicago Tribune / Janet Kidd Stewart

EBay woes a warning to Google? AP via Modesto Bee / Rachel Beck

Hard Road Ahead For Small Stocks Wall Street Journal / Ian McDonald

Australia: Commonwealth Bank's Murray Says Interest Rate Rise Not Certain Bloomberg / Kevin Foley

Social Security Debate Uses Code Words Wall Street Journal / Jackie Calmes

Social Security: Pros' doubts cause for pause Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

REIT funds not sweet as ever, but experts haven't turned sour AP via Cincinnati Enquirer / Meg Richards

Korea: Banks' Higher Rates May Weaken Retail Spending Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

What's the Bond Market Saying? LA Times / Tom Petruno

Retail Sales Fall, Production Slows: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

All eyes on Greenspan CNN

With dollar falling, foreign buyers pursue US firms Boston Globe / Robert Weisman

Qwest debt a huge burden Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Rap mogul speaks out against KFC Newsday

CA: 'Ham and Eggs' Pension Plan Promised $30 a Week in '30s LA Times / Cecilia Rasmussen

Plan presents U.S. with hard choices Chicago Tribune / William Neikirk

Real life in Bush's 'ownership society' Cleveland Plain Dealer / John Kroll

We'll pay the piper later if our leaders keep taxes low Boston Globe / Charles Stein

In 24/7 world economy, love happens Denver Post / Al Lewis

Hunt for Fugitives Expands to Retirees LA Times / Sandy Bergo

Don't let unlikely events scare you into insurance policies you don't need Cleveland Plain Dealer / Bill Lubinger

Qwest Raises Offer for MCI to More Than $7 Billion, People Say Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

UK: I've got a banker right here, his name is Paul Revere Independent / Jason Nissé

UK: All the signs show it's looking up for growth. Expect the cost of borrowing to do the same Independent / David Hillier

UK: A flat tax solution to Brown's Budget 'irrelevance' Independent / Mark Tinker

If it gets tough, will the tough still go shopping? Guardian – Observer

Tax Reform Looks for a Passing Lane NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Barclays: prey or predator? Guardian – Observer / Heather Connon

UK: House prices on an even keel Evening Standard via This is London / Jane Padgham

UK: Now who do you trust? Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart

What's Behind Door No. 1? In These Funds, You Needn't Guess NY Times / Paul J. Lim

Carl Fiorina? He'd Probably Be Out of Work, Too NY Times / Claudia H. Deutsch

Analyzing the I.Q. of Money NY Times / Conrad de Aenlle

Headstrong, pushy ... and so farewell to Fiorina Guardian – Observer / Edward Helmore 


Will all get quiet on the telecom front? Dallas Morning News / Vikas Bajaj and Terry Maxon

What The Heck Is A REIT? Forbes / Stephane Fitch

What we owe keeps growing Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Moody's may downgrade Verizon, upgrade MCI Reuters

Emerging debt-Swap optimism lifts Argentina prices Reuters / Greg Brosnan

Treasuries mixed, yield curve flattens anew Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Few Will Receive Restitution Under SEC Settlement Decision Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Every penny saved is a worker burned Washington Post via Miami Herald / Amy Joyce

FedEx Kinko's plans to keep multiplying Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Sean Wood

Out of Fashion NY Post / Suzanne Kapner

Got a great cause? Here's how to build clout. Christian Science Monitor / G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Snow to tout Social Security reform on Wall Street CBS Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Budget Bunk National Review / Donald Luskin

Canadians to keep spending, say TD economists CP via Toronto Star

Beware the bear Warsaw Business Journal via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Zbigniew Piekarski

Who's at fault in an online stickup? Boston Globe / Hiawatha Bray

Fidelity buys Google to end year with 8.9 million shares AP via Boston Herald

DC: Region joins housing bubble Washington Times / Patrice Hill

MD: Officials revisit housing ideas Baltimore Sun / Larry Carson

Gillette: the rest of the story Boston Globe / Jack Falvey

Buffett's Berkshire Doubles Comcast Stake, Trims Nike Bloomberg / David Plumb

Chile Debt Rating Outlook May Be Raised by Moody's Bloomberg / Heather Walsh

Southwest Bucks a Trend Bond Buyer / Elizabeth Albanese

Treasury, IRS Retroactively Target SILOs Bond Buyer / Emily Newman

MD: Bankruptcy doesn't preclude Mirant's lobbying legislators Baltimore Sun / Tom Pelton

Kerry assails Bush for continuing cuts in budget for SBA Chicago Tribune

Bush fills long-standing vacancy at FDA AP via San Diego Union Tribune

V-Day's getting hotter Newsday / Evan Malakates and Hilary Johnson

Look Both Ways: Irrational Gloom? / Ed Zwirn

FDIC 2004 Annual Report FDIC

FDIC Reports Year-End 2004 Financial Results for Bank and Thrift Insurance Funds FDIC

Blockbuster suffers setback in pursuit of Hollywood video chain Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

NYSE Puts Late Filers on Notice / Stephen Taub

Dollar slips as sentiment remains soft FT / Steve Johnson

GOP reps back Social Security accounts Charlotte Observer / Tim Funk

Bush, Buoyed by Economy, Iraq Election, May Reap Political Gain Bloomberg / Holly Rosenkrantz and William Roberts

OfficeMax CEO resigns; company fires six workers AP via Chicago Tribune and South Florida Sun Sentinel

GM Bonds Fall; Moody's Signals Rating Closer to Junk Bloomberg / Walden Siew

Would you like a mortgage with that deposit? Minneapolis Star Tribune / Chris Serres

Economists raise 2005 GDP forecast-Fed survey Reuters

Personal, business credit link cited Orange County Register / Jan Norman

Treasurys drift lower ahead of Greenspan CBS Marketwatch via Google News / Rex Nutting

US Treasuries mostly ease with some profit taking Reuters

Tax Rates May Be Increased in Sweden. Yes, Sweden. FT via LA Times / Nicholas George

Cuba's Dollar Ban Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christina D. McIntosh and Grant M. Nülle

World funds are latest bubbly bet Detroit Free Press / Susan Tompor

Brazil's Real Rises to 32-Month High on Interest Rate Outlook Bloomberg / Charles Penty

Israel Attracts More Capital FT via LA Times / Sharmila Devi

Firms lacking online component might be losing some customers Detroit Free Press / Carol Cain

Looking Back, Fiorina Was Stuck in the 1960s LA Times / Michael Hiltzik

Increase in "click fraud" saps ad budgets AP via Seattle Times / Michael Liedtke

Bush's Budget Means Cutting Only Peanut Butter Bloomberg / Gene Sperling

EU mortgages poised for shake-up Guardian / David Gow

Japan’s surplus up but exports seen weak Reuters via FT

Citigroup Loses European Government Business Amid Bond Probes Bloomberg / Christine Harper

Verizon to Buy MCI for About $6.6 Billion, People Say Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

How to Avoid Hedge Fund `Accident' With Diligence Bloomberg / John Wasik

Meet Martin Van Buren, Mediocre President and Life of His Party Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Yen Gains; Japan's Current-Account Surplus Unexpectedly Widens Bloomberg / John Brinsley

The Tragic Kingdom Time via Google News / James Poniewozik

Social Security cure: procrastination Christian science Monitor / David R. Francis

Africans' new motto: 'Charge it' Christian science Monitor / Abraham McLaughlin

Russia: Putin Calls For Speedy Repayment AP via Moscow Times

Russia: CB: Currency Basket Is Only for Daily Dealings Reuters via Moscow Times / Artyom Danielyan

Dollar May Drop for First Week in Five, Bloomberg Survey Shows Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

U.S. Treasuries May Fall; Greenspan Seen Optimistic on Economy Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

China, India and Japan Duke It Out in Asia Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.


Chrysler: Smart Or Just Lucky? Forbes / Jerry Flint

Do Deficits Matter? Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Higher costs can pay off UPI via Washington Times / Shihoko Goto

Fed chief thrives on surprise Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Will Greenspan channel hawkish side? CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

MSRB Wants To Bolster Its G-37 Rule Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Are Americans successful because they're nuts? The Slate / Daniel Gross

Haggling down inflation CNN / Kathleen Hays

Nasdaq's relative weakness bearish? CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

The Bush Investment Shift National Review / William P. Kucewicz

Economic Trends Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Supply Chain Management: The Science of Better, Faster, Cheaper Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

In slow times, traders again look to Greenspan for signals Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

What Greenspan Will Tell Congress Business Week via MSNBC / Kim Rupert and Michael Wallace

Health costs swamping U.S. economy CNBC - MSNBC / Rob Reynolds

Some Suppliers Seen Vulnerable in Verizon-MCI Deal Reuters / Deborah Cohen

CalPERS sells 101 shopping centers Sacramento Bee / Gilbert Chan

EEOC collects record $420 million for workers alleging discrimination AP via Bradenton Herald / Darlene Superville

Korea: BOK Cautious About Economic Outlook Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

UK: Stubborn sellers dampen housing recovery This is Money - London / Michael Clarke

U.S. 10-Year Treasuries Fall; Fed's Greenspan to Give Testimony Bloomberg via and BMA / Elizabeth Stanton

US Treasuries ease as retail, TICs data unnerve Reuters via Google News / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Bonds slip ahead of Greenspan testimony AP via Tacoma News Tribune

Oil Demand can Exceed Oil Supply in 2005 Finance Gate via Google News / Peter Van Bruggen

Merger will give consumers fewer choices, critics say Chicago Tribune / Jon Van

Qwest manages to squeeze loss to $139 million Omaha World Herald / Virgil Larson

LeapFrog suffers loss, spurring layoffs AP via Seattle Post Inteligencer / Michael Liedtke

Blaming the bankrupt Boston Globe / Thomas Oliphant

Retail sales are weakest in five months AP via USA Today / Martin Crutsinger

Greenspan Will Have Ears of All Parties in Social Security Debate LA Times / Warren Vieth

Economy's Growing, but Where Are the New Jobs? LA Times / Nicholas Riccardi

Cinderella markets The Economist

Europe's shrinking giants The Economist

Dollar rebounds as overseas demand persists FT / Steve Johnson

Convertible Note Spurs Kmart Restatement / Stephen Taub

Sears Restates Fourth Quarter Earnings AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel

Firm Makes $3.25B Offer for Circuit City AP via Orlando Sentinel / Stephanie Stoughton

Deere reports record first quarter profits AP via San Diego Union Tribune

Applied Materials Says Profit Tripled; Orders Decline Bloomberg / Ian King

OH: Jobs in health-care field among hottest in Ohio Cincinnati Enquirer / John Byczkowski

FL: Orlando passes Miami as state's busiest airport; Lauderdale No. 3 AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel

It's Not a Good Time for New Greenspan MacGuffin Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Empire State Manufacturing pdf Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Fed refrained from open market operations Reuters

Treasuries mixed after data, await Greenspan Reuters

Advance Monthly Retail Sales U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Retail Stocks Rise on Circuit City Offer, Economic Report Bloomberg / Ari Levy

Qwest 4Q Loss Narrows, Tops Estimates AP via Forbes

"We are moving on" Denver Post / Tom McGhee

Market barely acknowledges telecom deal AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer / Michael J. Martinez

Fiorina had everyone sold on her Denver Post / Al Lewis

CA: Mortgage habits driving up prices Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Hot housing markets CNN / Sarah Max

Best places in rural America CNN / Les Christie

European Economies: Growth Slows as Germany Contracts Bloomberg / Meera Louis

German economy close to recession in 2004 Reuters via FT

Farmed Robbery Ludwig von Mises Institute / Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Interest-Rate Squeeze Puts Bond Managers on Spot Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Howard Dean, Democratic Outsider, Steps Inside Bloomberg / Andrew Ferguson

Dollar Near 1-Week Low; Demand for U.S. Assets May Have Eased Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Promises, promises CBS Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

The war of words over Social Security Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

With Huge Proposed Mergers, the Regulatory Maze Ahead for a Recast F.C.C NY Times / Stephen Labaton

Restraining Regulators From Making Rules Through Enforcement Actions NY Times / Jenny Anderson

Japanese 30-Year Bonds Fall; Yield at Highest Since November Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

UK: City sniffs a rate rise as factory costs go up rapidly Guardian / Larry Elliott

India's Next Big Move Will Be to Open Up Retail Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

Fahrenheit 9/11 had no effect, says Carlyle chief Guardian / Nils Pratley

Treasury experts split on Social Security plan The Hill via BMA / Jonathan Kaplan

Pentagon Is Investigating Another 8 Air Force Contracts NY Times / Leslie Wayne