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Germany and Japan—shrinking giants The Economist

Greenspan Undermines Bush's Social Security Plan Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Fed chief's confession from afar Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

TX: Rural land a hot commodity in Texas Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Missouri bill might give MOST to the brokers St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Families Strain Public Insurance Wall Street Journal via Hartford Courant / Kris Maher

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

MA: Home prices top selves again: Mass. single-family houses jump 11.5% in '04 Boston Herald / Jerry Kronenberg

Raymond James head testifies St. Petersburg Times / Helen Huntley

Wachovia investigates stock trading in California AP via Charlotte Observer

Canada: Mutual fund assets hit $500 billion CP via Toronto Star

Citi assures Saudi prince scandals over Bloomberg via NY Daily News

Behavior of world bonds a "conundrum"-Greenspan Reuters / Andrea Hopkins and Mark Felsenthal

An Empirical Analysis of Bond Recovery Rates: Exploring a Structural View of Default pdf Federal Reserve Board / Daniel Covitz and Song Han

Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Declines, Asset-Backed Securities Issuance Hits Record Levels Bond Market Association

BondWorks Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Levente Mady

Greenspan: Rates Low, Discipline Vital Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Greenspan Feigns Confusion Over a No-brainer Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

U.S. Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Bush open to talks on raising payroll tax cap Reuters / Caren Bohan

Two financial futures for Social Security National Review / Stephen Moore

Class-Warfare Death Wish National Review / Larry Kudlow

Is the Dollar on the Verge of Another Breakdown? Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

Sears, Like Kmart, Will Restate Results / Stephen Taub

Greenspan Stumped by Low Long Rates; Rates Rise Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Fed edges closer to setting inflation targets FT / Andrew Balls

Greenspan Lobs No Bombshells / Igor Greenwald

Greenspan: Fed Will Continue to Raise Rates Dow Jones via Smartmoney / Elizabeth Price and Campion Walsh

Greenspan urges Social Security changes CNN / Chris Isidore

Greenspan Favors Cautious Changes in Social Security NY Times / David Stout

Greenspan Says Economy `Firmed' With Low Inflation Bloomberg / Craig Torres

MA: Beside the point Boston Globe / Steve Bailey

CA: Gas prices go back up again San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

Oil futures increase on inventory report AP via Seattle Times / Madlen Read

Back to the futures CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Treasury yields hit 2½-year high FT / Päivi Munter

Treasurys tumble, pushing yields up CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

U.S. Treasuries Decline; Greenspan Says Rates Are `Fairly Low' Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Currency scandal suits are long shots Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Bush May Raise Taxes for Social Security AP via Newsday / Laura Meckler

Project 'scrap-that-tax,' day 1 CNN / Krysten Crawford

Social Security: something's gotta give CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Free trade on the ropes in Congress CBS Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Starbucks to restate 3 years of results Reuters via CNN and 1st Headlines

Mellow after the Maestro CNN / Alexandra Twin

Qwest Says MCI Bid Totals $8 Billion Reuters via NY Times

Liberals say job growth lags economy UPI via Washington Times

House party continues CNN

Social Security funding hard under pay-go-Greenspan Reuters

Treasuries fall as Greenspan nods at higher rates Reuters

Rate futures slump as Greenspan signals no pause Reuters

Greenspan: Economy Expands at Solid Pace AP via Forbes

Greenspan Urges Fiscal Discipline Washington Post / Nell Henderson

Housing wealth on shaky ground Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

DC: Median home price breaks D.C. record Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Sears must restate credit card finances Chicago Sun Times / Sandra Guy

Russia: Policymaking Muddle In Russia Forbes / Oxford Analytica

UK: Further rise in UK jobless total BBC News

Greenspan: Be vigilant CNN

Federal Reserve Board's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Monetary Policy Report to the Congress Federal Reserve Board

Industrial Production Federal Reserve Board

Report: 8-figure home sales soar CNN

Has Negotiation's Success Spoiled Underwriters? Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Foreign Buying of Treasuries Fell in December NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

A Hedge Fund May Try to Buy Circuit City, but It May Not NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin and Riva D. Atlas

American retirement increasingly rides the market Christian Science Monitor / Mark Sappenfield

Spruced Up, Qwest Looks at Its Options NY Times / Ken Belson and Matt Richtel

UK: January inflation figures point to interest rate rise Independent / Philip Thornton

Philippine Debt Ratings Cut Two Levels by Moody's Bloomberg / Jun Ebias

Conditionally Unconditional Pimco / Paul McCulley

Electrolux could pull plug on 27 western factories Guardian / Mark Milner

UK: Mortgage fees up by 50% This is Money - London / Michael Clarke

US crude maintains price Scotsman via Google News

A Simple Explanation for Bond-Market Exuberance Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Pimco Likes Japanese Bonds; Dan Fuss Doesn't Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Yen Drops After Report Shows Japanese Economy Enters Recession Bloomberg / Mark Tannenbaum

Japan Falls Into Recession as 4th-Qtr GDP Shrinks Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya


How US suffers when the dollar falls Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Canada: Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Movements Bank of Canada / David Dodge

We Shoulda Seen it Coming! Ludwig von Mises Institute / Sean Corrigan

A.G. Edwards goes the extra mile to maintain Security St. Louis Post Dispatch / Jerri Stroud

FL: Dollar dip a boon, bane in S. Fla. Miami Herald / Gregg Fields

U.S. Treasuries unchanged in Asia after U.S. fall Reuters

French reserve fund staying away from bonds Investment and Pensions Europe

Far West Falls Short Bond Buyer / Rich Saskal and Jasmina Kelemen

The Nation That Debt Built Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Greenspan urges govt cut Fannie, Freddie portfolio Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Greenspan backs privatization Knight Ridder via Wichita Eagle / Kevin G. Hall

Another Whippy Day! Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

Bush hails Fed chairman on accounts CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Highlights from Greenspan's House testimony Q&A Reuters

Low mortgage rates baffle Greenspan Boston Herald / Brett Arends

Wealthy clipping coupons, shopping at discount stores CBS Marketwatch via Akron Beacon Journal / Andrea Coombes

Tasty Scraps Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Qwest May Sweeten MCI Bid to Scuttle Verizon Deal Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

MN: Developer warns of condo glut St. Paul Pioneer Press / Gita Sitaramiah

The Triumph of Economic Technology National Review / Tom Nugent

Canada: Rates on hold for now, Dodge hints CP via Toronto Star

TX: Builders pushing freebies Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Enron Bought Washington. So What? Slate / Daniel Gross

Conference Board suspends analyst CBS Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Canada: Foreigners bought a record $53.2 billion in Canadian securities last year CP via Financial Post

Thursday's Commodities Roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Improvements to The Board’s Website Federal Reserve Board

A dose of pension reality Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

CA: CalPERS says no to pension overhaul Sacramento Bee / Gilbert Chan

Hollywood Rejects Latest Blockbuster Bid Wall Street Journal via / Joe Flint

The Fed's Magical Mystery Number Business Week via MSNBC / Rich Miller

Greenspan Is Confident on His Path Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Wallace

Are We Scaring Tourists Away? AP via Hartford Courant / Brad Foss

Cheapest, priciest & fairest markets CNN / Les Christie

SC: Bank survived Depression, takeover era The State / Ben Werner

Smith Barney Lays Off Entire US Technical Analysis Team Dow Jones via CNN

Korea: Citibank's Net Profit Up 436% Korea Times

China emerges as global consumer BBC News

Treasuries down as focus stays on Greenspan FT / Jennifer Hughes, Päivi Munter and Mariko Sanchanta

Qwest Plans to Submit New Bid for MCI AP via Baltimore Sun / Sandy Shore

SEC Finds Bear Stearns Aided Illegal Fund Trades Bloomberg / Otis Bilodeau

To fix Social Security, just add more money St. Petersburg Times / Helen Huntley

Greenspan has flaws, but critic's `fraud' attack out of line Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Mortgage teaser rates near 0% Wall Street Journal via Orange County Register / Ruth Simon

Mortgage rates turn higher CNN

Like hair, barbers' ranks thinning Chicago Tribune / Tim Jones

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Fed February Manufacturing Index Rises Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Greenspan: Social Security in trouble Reuters via CNN

When style and substance meet The Economist

Save not, have naught Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

A new spymaster—and a powerful one The Economist

L.A. Mutual Fund Firm Accused of Misconduct LA Times / Josh Friedman and Tom Petruno

Stockmarket sectors The Economist

Brazil Raises Benchmark Lending Rate to 18.75 Percent Bloomberg / Charles Penty

Second thoughts on the third age The Economist

The Economist poll of forecasters The Economist

UK: The end of the affair The Economist

Bad for business? The Economist

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Falls; Greenspan Again Says Rates Are Low Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

GOP bill tightens rules for bankrupt Boston Globe / Rick Klein

Trustbuster Forbes / Scott Woolley

Graham Says Bush Will Build Support for Social Security Plan Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla

Clarke says government, industry deserve 'F' in cybersecurity San Francisco Chronicle / Carrie Kirby

Canada To Compete In Oil Market Forbes / Oxford Analytica

Dollar resumes slide post-Greenspan FT / Steve Johnson

Leading Indicators Conference Board

Foreign Trade Statistics U.S. Census Bureau

CalPERS elects president  San Francisco Chronicle / Christian Berthelsen

EU Constitution Ballot May Produce Regional Rift Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Japan bank holds monetary policy steady AP via Seattle Times

Dollar Is Near One-Week High; U.S. Interest Rates Set to Rise Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Microsoft Leads `Balance-Sheet Powerhouse' List Bloomberg / John Dorfman

UK: Interest rates on hold with jobless tally at 30-year low Guardian / Larry Elliott

UK: Interest rate rise on horizon Evening Standard via This is London / Jane Padgham

UK: King stresses downside risk as inflation strays above target Independent / Philip Thornton

Europe rebukes Chancellor Gordon Independent / Stephen Castle

Russia: 2 Oilmen Arrested in $54M Case Moscow Times / Guy Faulconbridge

Telecom mergers as a window on job market Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Bush administration blurs media boundary Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Japan's 'recession' sparks global fears Scotsman / Nick Bevens

Britain receives caution as EU unveils budget report Scotsman / Nick Bevens

Greenspan warns of further US rate rises Independent via Google News / Rupert Cornwell 


Greenspan And His Bubble Forbes / Dan Ackman

Productivity and Inflation Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Calif. Muni bonds make strides CBS Marketwatch via and BMA

Barclays Opens Up a Pandora's Box of Derivatives Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Newspapers bulk up Internet operations Reuters via MSNBC / Martha Graybow

No Heroes in this Medicare Drama Business Week via MSNBC / Howard Gleckman

Are America And Europe Now Friends? Maybe Not For Long National Journal via Real Clear Politics / Clive Crook

The Greenspan Factor MSNBC via 1st Headlines / Martin Wolk

Second-home buyers mean business CBS Marketwatch / Andrea Coombes

Slick Oils Rude Awakening via Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Tip Of The Iceberg? Sales, Trading & Research Vets Leave Morgan Stanley Bondweek / Caroline Salas

BofA Bumps Trading Head In Favor Of Lehman Veteran Bondweek

NV: New home sales set January record Las Vegas Sun / Jennifer Shubinski

McDonald's giveaway puzzles analysts Chicago Tribune via Orlando Sentinel / John Schmeltzer

MCI's No. 1 Investor, Slim, Undecided on Verizon Deal Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

Canada: Bankruptcies hit record in 2004 Ottawa Business Journal

American Airlines to put passengers in seat squeeze Newsday / James Bernstein

Auditors Rotating at a Dizzying Pace / Stephen Taub

Fed chief sees home price bubble Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Be wary of new mutual fund investments AP via Grand Forks Herald / Meg Richards

PPI Spike Could Shift Terms in Fed Rate Debate Reuters / Ros Krasny

Building the American dream…or nightmare? The Economist

Senate judiciary panel votes to tighten rules on bankruptcy AP via Baltimore Sun

Trsy's Snow insists no hike in Social Security tax Reuters / Kevin Plumberg

Emerging debt-Market takes lighter hit than Treasuries Reuters / Greg Brosnan

Oil Prices Rebound Above $48 Per Barrel AP via Baltimore Sun / George Jahn

Lack of late fee empties shelves Orange County Register / Nancy Luna

U.S. business loans fell in Feb. 9 week – Fed Reuters

Wholesale Prices Climb, Raising Concerns AP via Chicago Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

UK: 'Post-Christmas lull' in lending BBC News

Colombian Peso Climbs for Fourth Straight Week on Yield Outlook Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

Rise in US producer prices unsettles bonds FT / Jennifer Hughes

U.S. Treasury Notes Fall After Measure of Wholesale Prices Rise Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Core inflation: biggest gain in 6 years Reuters via CNN

U.S. Feb. Michigan Sentiment Index Falls a 2nd Month Bloomberg / Victor Epstein

Conservatives Put Off by Bush's Talk of Tax Hike LA Times / Peter Wallsten and Warren Vieth

CA: Few fall behind on home loans San Francisco / Kelly Zito

Swap home, see world Money Magazine via CNN / Jean Chatzky

UK: Five years on, 'banks still run a monopoly' Guardian / Jill Treanor

Turkey's Investors Dismiss Fear Country Will `Mess Up' EU Bid Bloomberg / Ben Holland

Italian gets nod as ECB board member IHT / Carter Dougherty

Tricky politics of Social Security Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

Quick, Early Gains Embolden Business Lobby NY Times / Stephen Labaton

Residential real estate booms as investment St. Louis Business Journal

Vanguard Boss Belittles Fidelity `Marketing Ploy' Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Greenspan Suddenly Silent About 'Measured' Rate Increases Washington Post / Nell Henderson

Greenspan Tells More Whoppers Euro Pacific Capital via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Greenspan Says He's Willing to Consider Tax Increases After All Bloomberg / Jeff Bliss and Craig Torres

Greenspan repeats Fanny, Freddy plea Bloomberg via Seattle Post Intelligencer

U.S. Pension Rules May Force 30-Year Bond Return, Investors Say Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy

U.S. Muni Market Marks a Very Special Anniversary Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Indonesia's Debt Rating Outlook Raised By Moody's Bloomberg / Shanthy Nambiar

U.S. 10-Year Notes Head for Biggest Weekly Drop Since November Bloomberg / Shamim Adam and Mark Tannenbaum

Inflation-Deflation Tug The Aden Forecast via Safehaven / Mary Anne & Pamela Aden

A New S.E.C. Rule Fails to Raise Share Prices, and Some Are Angry NY Times / Floyd Norris

Retirement planning FT via Google News

Outlooks Differ at Wal-Mart and Target NY times / Constance L. Hays

Fed Chief Urges Cutback in Scale of 2 Big Lenders NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Credit Suisse Net Up 22%, Topping Quarterly Forecast NY Times / Mark Landler

Pay Dirt: Don't bet the house on a whim Minneapolis Star Tribune / Kara McGuire

Calpers May Return to Thailand. Should You? Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Australian Dollar Drops After Macfarlane Says Growth Has Slowed Bloomberg / Chris Young 



Trucker shortage may affect consumers Gannett News via Tucson Citizen

Borrow and spend vs. export and stumble NY Times via IHT / Floyd Norris

The bullish case for Euroland bonds Pimco / Matthieu Louanges

International Bonds Offer U.S. Investors Many Potential Benefits Pimco / Suhail H. Dada

Pension Update: Treading Water Against Currents of Change Pimco / James Moore, PhD

An extra billion isn't everything IHT

Wal-Mart's Labor deal to get official scrutiny Kansas City Star / Diane Stafford

High stakes in race to head the WTO IHT / Paul Geitner

Mr. Greenspan has been talking Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

European 10-Year Government Bonds Post Biggest Weekly Decline Since April Bloomberg / Richard Blackden

The market's conundrum CNN / Alexandra Twin

Fannie, Freddie accused of keeping fees high Washington Post via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Politicians offer lecture on high debt Houston Chronicle / Loren Steffy

Governors Oppose Bush's Medicaid Cuts AP via Chicago Tribune / Robert Tanner

U.S. companies bring overseas profits home AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Mary Dalrymple

U.S. Watches As China Woos Caribbean Chicago Tribune / Michael Norton

Wholesale prices escalate San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

Dollar Has Its Biggest Weekly Drop in 2 Months After Greenspan Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

Peru Nearing Investment Grade Rating, De Rato Says Bloomberg / Alex Emery

TD Bank buyout of Banknorth approved Portland Press Herald / Edward D. Murphy

Biggest increase in prices since '98 Chicago Tribune / Robert Manor

United extends bankruptcy exit again Chicago Sun Times / Dave Carpenter

Qwest bonuses top $7 million Rocky Mountain News / David Milstead

For SBC Chief, AT&T Deal Is Essential in New Telecom Era LA Times / James S. Granelli

MCI up 8 percent on Qwest news Bloomberg via Omaha World Herald

Home prices rebound, bursting bubble fears Louisville Courier Journal / Ken Berzof

GOP Takes to Heartland With Social Security Plan LA Times / Janet Hook

SC: Report says China buying more goods from state AP via The State 


PNC economist doesn't expect 'housing bubble' to burst anytime soon Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Ron DaParma

CA: Home prices hit record once again LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

Bush plan runs against conservative grain Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

A sticker shocker: GM slashes prices USA Today / Chris Woodward

If our personal savings rate goes negative, is that bad? Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Emerging debt to follow US Treasuries Reuters / Manuela Badaway

Desperate Stockbrokers CBS Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

TX: A bad grade for Texas' economy Dallas Morning News / Angela Shah

Invest by Code of the West CBS Marketwatch via Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

As it turns 30, IRA is simply wonderful Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

Bush to laud US and Europe’s shared goals FT / James Harding and Daniel Dombey

Citigroup, JPMorgan Lead Sellers of $15 Bln in Bonds Last Week Bloomberg / David Russell

Secretaries: going the way of typewriters? Knight Ridder via Seattle Times / John Russell

Legal work heads offshore Knight Ridder via Seattle Times / Karl Schoenberger

Daily Papers Face Unprecedented Competition . . . Washington Post / Frank Ahrens

Study: Consumer-Confidence Data Useless AP via Newsday / Stephanie Stoughton

What's good for the goose not good for the government San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Medicare not easy to salve San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

Class B shares head for exit St. Petersburg Times via Newsday

ATA report shows loss of $100 million during 2004 AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Unwelcome jumbo: where would the A380 land? AP via Morning Call / Allison Linn

New cycle of mergers take place Cox News via Oakland Tribune and Inside Bay

Shareholders Must Push To Stop Ridiculous Pay NY Post / Terry Keenan

Economy Probably Grew 3.6% in Fourth Quarter: U.S. Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

Australian Interest Rates May Rise Twice in 2005, Lawmaker Says Bloomberg / Matt Chambers

'Housing bubble' disputed Baltimore Sun

In the job market, some win, some lose Boston Globe / Charles Stein

White-collar workers are back in demand Christian Science Monitor via Seattle Times / Ron Scherer

'Universal Default' Wall Street Journal / Andrew Blackman

US could see its advantage in technology slip away Boston Globe / Robert Weisman

Debate should focus on government's economic role St. Louis Post Dispatch / Rik Hafer

Suing MCI: Can you hear us now? Denver Post / Al Lewis

Fiorina shows women can sink companies, too Charlotte Observer / Jon Talton

When is a small business not a small business? St. Louis Post Dispatch / Shera Dalin

Fiorina shows the profitable way to ruin two companies and net a US$21 million payoff Guardian via Taipei Times

Bonds Provide A Steady Alternative Tribune Media via Hartford Courant / Carolyn Bigda

CA: City Dwellers Plow Money Into Farmland LA Times / Stephanie Simon

CA: Why now? Why not? LA Times / Allison B. Cohen

CO: Home-sales data erroneous Denver Post / Christine Tatum

NC: State legislatures take on outsourcing Charlotte Observer / Stella M. Hopkins

Why Wall Street Likes Private Accounts Wall Street Journal / Paul B. Farrell

There are more layers to peel away in fund industry St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Question of Honor for Fund Manager LA Times / Tom Petruno

A Portfolio For All Seasons Hartford Courant / Andrew Leckey

CO: Some locals flee to Colorado's crowded slopes Denver Post / Julie Dunn

UK: Why coal can be top of the heap Guardian – Observer / Brian Wilson

Franc is gone, but it's still old Europe Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

UK: Bank breaker Guardian – Observer / Nick Leeson

UK: Few escaped unscathed from glittering class of 1995 Guardian – Observer / Conal Walsh

When the Fed stops its neutral talking, we'll know the squeeze is about to be applied Independent / Danny Gabay

When Greenspan Is Stumped, Investors Should Play It Safe NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Did MCI Get the Right Door or the Wrong Number? NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin

SEC wants shorter fund prospectuses Bloomberg via Arizona Republic

Unmasking That Pension Consultant NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

UK: House price average tops £100k Evening Standard via This is London

Greenspan's comments on economy should have received more coverage Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Amtrak can't be derailed further; it's off track here Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz 


Report: China to issue license for first private airline, Okay Airways AP via Boston Herald

Noting Soros CNN / Kathleen Hays

Analyst isn't worried over savings rate Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Social Security a 'new business opportunity' Newsday via Houston Chronicle / Tami Luhby

Bank of Japan warned on monetary tightening FT / David Pilling

Holiday Worry NY Post / Paul Tharp

Four Fed Hikes and a Funeral Safehaven / Rob Kirby

Profit warnings mount Globe and Mail / Roma Luciw

Why Carly's Out Time / Bill Saporito, Chris Taylor, Laura A. Locke, Darren Fonda and Jyoti Thottam

Gold's outlook this week Kitco / John Lee

Lining Up The Pay Scales Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Fed's Pianalto Calm on U.S. Inflation Reuters / William Schomberg

MD: State workers see some benefits erode as governor tries to rein in spending Baltimore Sun / Ivan Penn

UK: Game, set and - nearly - match to Brown Guardian / Ashley Seager

Taiwan: NT dollar seen remaining strong against greenback Taipei Times

The economic horrors facing central bankers Independent / Stephen King

Bush mends fences in Europe CBS Marketwatch

French Fries Back on Menu as Bush, Chirac Make Up Reuters / Adam Entous

More than a technicality CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Funds: Cashing in on the Next Wave of Mergers Reuters / Linda Stern

China allows banks to establish mutual funds FT

Korea: Won May Rise Past 1,000 to Dollar in 1st Half Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Slow growth in eurozone to prompt ECB rate freeze FT / Ralph Atkins

Sears CFO to resign Reuters via CNN

Stocks seen struggling to top December highs AP via MSNBC

Lehman JGB traders quit as bonus season spurs moves Reuters

Former head of emerging markets leaves Citigroup Reuters

Venezuela May Sell Up to $1.275 Bln of Bonds, Lawmaker Says Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

Corporate Loan Defaults: A Rising Possibility In 2005 Forbes / Oxford Analytica

India: Malls sprout at breakneck pace in India Chicago Tribune / Kim Barker

European Economies: ECB's Wellink Says CPI in Check Bloomberg / John Fraher

Soros: Dollar tied to oil Reuters via CNN

Brent futures rise in quiet trading AP via Seattle Times

Deutsche Bank Slips Out of Favor at Home LA Times / Patrick Jenkins

Argentina, 3 Years After Default, to Sell Longer Debt Bloomberg / Daniel Helft and Andrew J. Barden

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

Shareholders to Vote on Sears-Kmart Deal AP via Newsday

FedEx, Kinko's still building Dallas Morning News / Sean Wood

Social Security Reform: A Free-Market Alternative Ludwig von Mises Institute / George Reisman

Battle over Social Security heats up CNN

Dollar sinks to 22-year low versus kiwi FT / Darryl Thomson

CO: NBA's sparkle didn't translate into gold for local retailers Denver Post / Kimberly S. Johnson

U.S. Notes May Extend Biggest Weekly Drop Since May Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton and Michael McDonald

Japanese 20-Year Bonds Drop as Brokers Prepare for Auction Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Russia Upbeat on WTO Talks AP via Moscow Times / Jonathan Fowler

New Leaders Helping Asia Get Its Groove Back Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

U.K. Economy Probably Grew 0.8% in Fourth Quarter, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Laura Humble

Yen May Fall as Traders Most Bearish in Two Months Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues 



Americans using home equity pile up billions in extra debt Sacramento Bee / Andrew LePage

Chapter 11 bankruptcies on verge of surge? USA Today / Matt Krantz

GM promotes Chevy brand in China Knight Ridder via Houston Chronicle / Jamie Butters

Markets minding minutes Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

The Maestro Changes His Tune Lew Rockwell / Rep. Ron Paul, MD

Greenspan Sees Fervent Social Security Discord Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Foundation strong for housing market Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

MO: Housing prices go through roof St. Louis Post Dispatch / Eric Heisler

Canada: Bond sales hit record in Q4 Globe and Mail / Roma Luciw

Kyoto and the End of Hot Air Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

Russia: Indians Arrive Seeking Landmark Energy Deals Moscow Times / Guy Faulconbridge

Bloomberg Mess NY Post / Keith J. Kelly

Fannie Mae mortgage portfolio shrinks AP via Beaufort Gazette

Consumers Exercise Their Growing Clout Washington Post / Keith L. Alexander

Canadian dollar gains Globe and Mail / Tavia Grant

Gas Hike to $2.75 Coming NY Post / Paul Tharp

Tuesday's Commodities Roundup Dow Jones via AP and Beaufort Gazette

NY: TD Bank eyes N.Y. growth Bloomberg via NY Post

Legg Mason manager Hagstrom gives Buffett's way a twist CBS Marketwatch / Jonathan Burton

The Maestro vs. the Expert Hack National Review / Donald Luskin

Consumer Confidence Index Dips In February The Conference Board

Is U.S. Inflation Target Behind Low Bond Rates? Reuters / Mike Dolan

US Treasuries sink on inflation, foreigner worries Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Emerging debt-Spreads widen on U.S. inflation data Reuters / Manuela Badawy

Metal prices rise on dollar woes FT / Kevin Morrison

Inflation Gets a Big Headstart Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Englund and Rick MacDonald

Germany and Japan—shrinking giants The Economist

Stocks get slammed CNN / Alexandra Twin

Kohl's to restate earnings to reflect accounting ruling Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Doris Hajewski

Electronic FX Trading Boom Spawns Niche Players Reuters / Gertrude Cahvez

Korea: Won Hits 7-Year High to Dollar Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Pressing Putin to mend his ways The Economist

Bush names John Dugan as Comptroller of Currency Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Donaldson's Balancing Act Business Week via MSNBC / Amy Borrus and Mike McNamee

In the eye of the investor The Economist

18th Century penny sells for $437,000 Chicago Tribune via South Florida Sun Sentinel

U.S. mortgage rates rise Tuesday – BestInfo Reuters

Chicago Fed Letter Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Do Free Trade Agreements Actually Increase Members’ International Trade? Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Scott L. Baier and Jeffrey H. Bergstrand

CA: States' Private Pensions Make a Weak Showing LA Times / Peter G. Gosselin

CA: How buyers are pushing up cheaper markets Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

How much 'truth' in lending? CBS Marketwatch / Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine

World Bank Program to Receive $34 Billion AP via Forbes

Market hasn't adjusted for ARMS Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

For adjustable-rate loans, know your prime numbers Orange County Register

Federal Banking Agencies Propose Revisions to Community Reinvestment Act Regulations FDIC

Time To Patch Things Up Forbes / Oxford Analytica

UK: Bank 'dove' open to more rate rises Guardian / Mark Tran

Treasury curve warped by inflation, foreign demand Reuters / Wayne Cole

Brazil Bonds Fall Most in World on Legislative Concerns Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

Venezuela to Pay $329,300 in Overdue Payment on Brady Bonds Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

A Layman's Guide to a Q&A With Alan Greenspan Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Dollar drops as Korea backs away Reuters / Keiron Henderson, William Kemble-Diaz

Oil Jumps as Cold Weather Boosts Fuel Demand in U.S. and Europe Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Dollar sinks sharply against euro, yen AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

Dollar drops on reserves concerns BBC News

Consumer confidence slips in February, but beats expectations AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Analysts say jobless rate to fall, GDP to slow in '05 AP via Boston Globe

A mortgage that puts interest first Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

TN: Area home buyers offer rosy report on Realtors Tennessean / Keith Russell

The best medicine? The Economist

Home Depot Q4 profit jumps almost 10% AP via USA Today / Harry R. Weber

Sears CFO first casualty of merger with Kmart Chicago Sun Times / Mary Wisiniewski

Winn-Dixie Files for Bankruptcy Protection NY Times / Constance L. Hays

Social Security overhaul unlikely? Reuters via CNN

Dems prepared for big Social Security fight Newsday via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Ken Freman

China: Wheeling but Little Dealing in China LA Times / Don Lee

Canada: More people collected employment insurance in December than in November CP via Financial Post

India's Future Is About Price of Fish Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

Northern Californians buy more cars San Francisco Chronicle / Birgitta Forsberg

FL: Florida has record year for visitors South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jerry Jackson

Fed's Rate Boosts Backfire by Stimulating Economy, Lending Bloomberg / Art Pine and Scott Silvestri

Scandals have a price; ask Boeing Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

Dollar Declines on Report Korea to Diversify Currency Reserves Bloomberg

Do indexes tell it straight? AP via Omaha World Herald

Russia: GDP Growth Slows as Inflation Picks Up Reuters and MT via Moscow Times

Dollar May Gain on Expectations of Faster U.S. Economic Growth Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Japan's Bonds May Gain on Expectations 20-Year Coupon to Rise Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

Pimco, RBC Say Sell Australian 2-Year Bonds on Rates Bloomberg / Chris Young

Euro keeps damper on Germany IHT / Carter Dougherty

Don't delay economic change, Brown urges China Reuters, Bloomberg and AFP via IHT 


TX: Houston runs with the pack Houston Chronicle / L.M. Sixel

A Mean Budget Common Dreams / Anuradha Mittal

Dollar Keeps Gains as U.S. Rates Eyed Reuters / Naomi Tajitsu

Global Imbalances and Global Poverty — Challenges for the IMF IMF / Rodrigo de Rato

Canada: Budget spending levels worries business Ottawa Business Journal / Ellen Tsaprailis

Qwest Has Room to Raise MCI Bid –Analysts Reuters / Justin Hyde

The price of creative lending Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Minorities own more businesses in U.S. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Rick Romell

When it comes to oil, experts hedge about how high price will go St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

At Morgan Stanley, It’s All Relative NY Post / Paul Tharp

More grocers to follow Winn-Dixie? USA Today / Bruce Horovitz

Morocco looks for U.S. partners San Francisco Chronicle / David Armstrong

South Carolina AAA at Risk, S&P Warns Bond Buyer / Tedra DeSue

Treasuries hold gains but Fed saps some strength Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Steady Fed report leaves Treasuries becalmed FT / Alex Skorecki and David Pilling

Dollar Rises as FOMC Suggests Rate Hikes Reuters / Gertrude Chavez

US wants 'strong dollar' says Hadley AFP via Turkish Press

Government will pay half of medical costs within a decade AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Pauline Jelinek

Rosen named top Bush economic adviser Reuters / Caren Bohan

Oil reserve estimating needs urgent modernization, study shows Dallas Morning News / Sudeep Reddy

Oil buoyant despite Opec promise BBC News

Oil prices dip but still above $51 mark AP via Houston Chronicle / George Jahn

Oil prices roil above 51 dollars amid OPEC remarks, cold snap AFP via Turkish Press

Gold, silver contract futures jump to 2-month highs Dow Jones and AP via Clarion Ledger

Inflation Fears Abate After CPI Data Reuters / Tim Ahmann

Fed Saw Inflation Stable at Feb Meet Reuters

U.S. Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Fed Minutes: Rate Hike Hinges on Economy AP via Newsday / Jeannine Aversa

Fed warns of yet more rate rises BBC News

January airline revenues edge expectations Dallas Morning News / Eric Torbenson

UK: Bank split fuels rate fears This is Money - This is London / Andrew Oxlade

UK: Government sets Budget date This is Money - This is London / Andrew Oxlade

Worries about weapons, contd The Economist

Canada: Loonie tumbles ahead of budget CP via Toronto Star

Dollar Crisis Evokes Panic Among World Financial Elite EIR via Fiend’s Super Bear Page

O'Neill: Turn babies into millionaires Detroit Free Press / Kevin G. Hall

Put Social Security in the Budget National Review / Deroy Murdock

Bush, Pledging Low Pension Fees, May Follow Sweden Bloomberg / Gregory Viscusi and Heather Walsh

How Walgreens Got Me . . . Once Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Changes continue at SouthTrust Tallahassee Democrat / Juana Jordan

Canada: Bank mergers years away: BMO Toronto Star / Stuart Laidlaw

U.S. demands cash and carry from Cuba UPI via Washington Times

Bond prices mostly rise at midday AP via Tallahassee Democrat

NV: Finished construction tops 3 million square feet in '04, researcher says Las Vegas Review Journal

Some Treasury investors more bullish - J.P. Morgan Reuters

U.S. Treasuries Gain; Consumer Prices Rise Less Than Forecast Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

U.S. Treasury's Snow sees economy in "good shape" Reuters

The Anguish of Central Banking 2005 Ludwig von Mises Institute / Antony P. Mueller

Consumer Price Index Summary Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. January Consumer Prices Rise Less Than Forecast Bloomberg / Joe Richter

NY: Manhattan's Uptown Apartment Prices Quadrupled in Last Decade Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

Banks rapped on cost of bounce protection Boston Globe / Bruce Mohl

Crude Oil Prices Hold Above $51 a Barrel AP via Baltimore Sun / George Jahn

Agency finds Fannie accounting issues Reuters via CNN

Qwest's bid to purchase MCI given a boost Denver Post / Tom McGhee

Clorox holds its own vs. much bigger competitors Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Oil price jump greases Wall St. skid AP via Chicago Sun Times / Michael J. Martinez

States could lose $214 billion under Bush budget / Pamela M. Prah

South Korea has best-dressed homeless Reuters via CNN

Instant Economic Depression Safehaven / Magnus Ekervik

Bank of Korea Says It Has No Plan to Sell Dollars Bloomberg / Sangim Han

Dollar Gains on Slower Japan Export Growth, Korea Isn't Selling Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

N.Z.'s Cullen Says Rising Currency a `Major Concern' Bloomberg / Tracy Withers

Dollar dives and oil soars as Seoul Switches Reserves Independent / Philip Thornton

Bush leans on Putin. Will he budge? Christian Science Monitor / Scott Peterson

`The Aviator' Is a Lesson in U.S. Finance Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

Social Security Faces Demographic Tsunami Newsmax / Ralph R. Reiland

Tom Wolfe's Crumbs Hard to Find in Asia Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Oil Trades Above $51 a Barrel on Colder Weather, Weaker Dollar Bloomberg / Sri Jegarajah and Mark Shenk

Japanese Export Growth Slowed to 3.2% in January Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya



FL: Orlando housing frenzy escalates Orlando Sentinel / Jack Snyder

Demographic Challenges to State Pension Systems Around the World Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis / William Poole

Nested Nest Eggs--but no Golden Goose? Liberty Whistle / Dan Spillane

Analysts: Crude Could Hit $60 a Barrel Dow Jones via / Karen Matusic

The Wal-Mart Manifesto Slate / Daniel Gross

Homeland Depot CBS Marketwatch / Jennifer Waters

MN: Telecom mergers: the fallout St. Paul Pioneer Press / Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

Goodyear sees profit Akron Beacon Journal / John Russell

Consumer watchdogs back Qwest bid Denver Post / Tom McGhee

Viacom Has $18.4 Bln 4th-Qtr Loss on Radio Writedown Bloomberg / Aimee Picchi

Won Under Attack from Hedge Funds Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Dollar Bulls Have Reason To Worry Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

Retail money funds rise in latest week AP via Beaufort Gazette

Quiet Canadian conqueror CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

What About the Economy? / Monica Rivituso

The Fatal Flaw in Social Security and Medicare Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

CA: Prices up 3.7% in county; U.S. average is just 2.7% San Diego Union Tribune / Dean Calbreath

PA: Former Treasury Secretary O'Neill returns to for-profit world AP via San Diego Union Tribune

Rich stay rich, poor stay poor, life goes on Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Foreign Relations Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Fed's Bernanke Says He's Fine With Rate-Increase Pace Bloomberg / Vivien Lou Chen

Service sector has its price Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

The January CPI's Deceptive Story Business Week via MSNBC / Rick MacDonald

Colombia Says It May Offer to Swap Foreign Bonds for Peso Bonds Bloomberg / Helen Murphy

Wachovia to Halt Suspect Trading LA Times / Tom Petruno

NY: Wal-Mart’s New York City store plan scrapped AP via MSNBC

Boeing -- Another Corporate Giant Destined to Fail? Bloomberg / David Pauly

Fed prosecutors to probe Krispy Kreme execs AP via MSNBC

Selling the Social Security Overhaul LA Times / Lianne Hart and Richard Simon

The Importance of Price Stability Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Jack Guynn

New England Economic Indicators Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Argentina: Screeching to the precipice The Economist

Saudis see no easing of oil prices FT / Javier Blas

Rates on 30-Year Mortgages Increase AP via Newsday / Martin Crutsinger

Record for luxury home sales CNN

Bank and Thrift Earnings Set Fourth Consecutive Annual Record in 2004 FDIC

FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile FDIC

FDIC Consumer News FDIC

EU: Vote early, vote often The Economist

China: A marginalised market The Economist

Palestine: Lifting the shackles The Economist

EU budget chief attacks richer states’ aid FT / George Parker

WI: Local prices up less than average city's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Avrum D. Lank

Fortune 500 companies used auditors for tax shelters, study finds AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Mary Dalrymple

Social Security: Nixing the wage cap CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Bush Presses Putin on Democracy, Draws Guarded Reply Bloomberg / Richard Keil and William Roberts

An ode to failure The Economist

U.S. Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Qwest's Desperate Deal Forbes / David M. Ewalt

US Treasuries sag as debt sale fails to impress Reuters

CO: Moody's rates Colorado Housing & Fin mortgage bonds Reuters

Treasuries mixed as curve flattens, auction looms Reuters / Wayne Cole

30-year bond not in plan at Treasury Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Dollar weakens as Fed remains ‘accommodative’ FT / Neil Dennis

U.S. Dollar Sinks Further Against Euro AP via Forbes

Prices hold, but many feel pinch Arizona Republic / Jonathan J. Higuera

Initial Claims for 02/19 U.S. Dept. of Labor

Inflation with a new face San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

US durable goods orders drop 0.9% FT / Christopher Swann

Durable Goods Orders U.S. Census Bureau

Fed: Word up CNN / Kathleen Hays

Oil cartel will pump more to keep price rises in check Guradian / Larry Elliott

Chiquita heads into lettuce San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Kiss name goodbye Philadelphia Inquirer / Harold Brubaker

Probe: Fannie Keeps Cookin' NY Post / Richard Wilner

Italy to get economic action plan BBC News

Consumption Factors In Japan Forbes / Oxford Analytica

WA: Seattle, L.A. areas not so dissimilar Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

Judge Helps Donald Trump His Foes in Bankruptcy Court NY Post

The Domino Effect / David M. Katz

Fed Is Split on Whether to Set Inflation Target Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Yield Curve Says Fed Less Stimulative, Not More Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

France doubles sale of its bonds Bloomberg via IHT

Conference Board Plans to Modify Leading Indicators Index Bloomberg / Joe Richter and Caroline Baum

U.S. Durables Orders May Have Stalled Last Month, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Credit Suisse Tries to Sell Itself to Its Bankers NY Times / Mark Landler and Jenny Anderson

Fannie Mae Scrambles for New Ways to Raise Capital NY Times / Stephen Labaton

Dollar May Strengthen After Fed Minutes Say Key Rate Is Too Low Bloomberg / John Brinsley

If a Currency Can Feel, the Dollar Feels Vulnerable NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

NY: Top of the Heap? New York Leads the Nation in Inflation NY Times via Google News / Jennifer Steinhauer

Competing Visions For Social Security Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

Bush, Putin Meet as Disagreements Put End to `Romantic Period' Bloomberg / Richard Keil and William Roberts

Bush in Europe: new dialogue, old quarrels Christian Science Monitor / Howard LaFranchi

China Merger Boom Goes From `Pioneers' to `Settlers' Bloomberg / Douglas Wong

New Concerns for Economy in Japan NY Times / Todd Zain

Taiwan Poised to Welcome China Lenders for First Time Bloomberg via 1st Headlines / James Peng

UK: Pressure mounts to lift interest rate ahead of election Telegraph / Malcolm Moore

Japan's Bonds May Advance; Investors to Match Change in Index Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Slovakia, the `New Detroit,' Turns Carmaking Into Growth Engine Bloomberg / Radoslav Tomek

Last Thing India Needs Is a `Robin Hood Budget' Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee 



Rising price of crude renews US inflation fears FT / Andrei Postelnicu

New Krispy Kreme Probe Begins / Lisa Yoon

Aussie official: U.S. dollar may collapse UPI via Big News Network and Fiend’s Super Bear Page

Credit Mart Braces For Potential Fallout Bondweek

Researchers Leave As Goldman Creates New Strategy Group Bondweek

Long-Dated Treasurys Take Heart From Tame Inflation Data Dow Jones via Morning Star, Moreovernews and BMA

Friday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Lighter car lots Dallas Morning News / Terry Box

Analysts see lower Feb. auto sales CBS Marketwatch / Shawn Langlois

Riding the rails San Francisco Chronicle / Pia Sarkar

Safeway back in black after a brutal quarter San Francisco Chronicle / Jenny Strasburg

MCI Will Press Ahead With Verizon Deal, Capellas Says Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

CA: Median home price rises to $580,220, realtors say San Diego Union Tribune

The Most Expensive States To Insure Your Home 2005 Forbes / Sara Clemence

Social Security's tougher issues Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

As President Bush pushes his Social Security plan -- centering on private... Charlotte Observer

Mexico Raises Rates for 11th Time to Curb Inflation Bloomberg / Adriana Arai

Bank of America says tapes with customer data lost AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Paul Nowell

Flush with Cash, Corporate America Sits Tight Reuters / Daisuke Wakabayashi and Reshma Kapadia

KY: UPS announces $82.5 million expansion in Louisville AP via Louisville Courier Journal / Bruce Schreiner

Short-term U.S. Treasury yields reach 3-year highs Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Bond traders content with curve-flattening FT / Jennifer Hughes

February U.S. Auto Sales Likely to Disappoint Reuters / Tom Brown

Oil prices come back in from the cold FT / Tom Braithwaite

UK growth rate comes in below predictions Evening News via Scotsman

Running on empty CNN /  Chris Isidore

The wealth of nations is being lost Taipei Times / Partha Dasgupta

Foreign Investment's Flip Side Washington Post / Paul Blustein

Big Bush Thoughts in Brussels National Review / Larry Kudlow

French Unemployment Rate Rises Bloomberg / Sandrine Rastello

Leeson's legacy lives on in Singapore BBC / Malcolm Borthwick

IL: Blagojevich tries to rein in Illinois' runaway pensions St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Louisiana Loses in Tale of Two Muni Bond Sales Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Argentina Expects 75% Acceptance as Debt Offer Ends Bloomberg / Andrew J. Barden and Eliana Raszewski

Clear Channel Has $4.67 Bln Loss on Asset Writedown Bloomberg / Michael White and Chitra Somayaji

Putting 'jobs' into recovery CNN / Kathleen Hays

US economy grows 3.8% in final quarter FT / Christopher Swann

Gross Domestic Product Bureau of Economic Analysis

Fidelity profit surged in 2004 Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

Bank of America consolidating fund operations Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

S&P warns of multiple, simultaneous airline bankruptcies Dow Jones via Buffalo News / Tom Sullivan

Wall Street flat as GDP revised upward FT / Andrei Postelnicu

Qwest offers faster payout for MCI Baltimore Sun

First the Markdown, Then the Showdown NY Times / Tracie Rozhon

Dollar makes gains against the euro AP via Seattle Times

From Fed chairman to a fraud NY Times via Kansas City Star / Paul Krugman

Economic Posts Unfilled Despite Big Pushes Ahead NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

What Social Security Crisis? Newsmax / Kathleen Antrim

EU: Mandelson warns of China exports 'flood' Guardian / Jonathan Watts

Crude Oil Trades Near Four-Month High on U.S. Inventory Report Bloomberg / Sri Jegarajah in Singaporeand Gavin Evans

Foreign Central Banks Bought $20B of Treasuries Last Week Safehaven / Bud Conrad

BondWorks Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Levente Mady

Greenspan is Gone in Nine Months Texas Hedge Fund Report via Safehaven / T. Stein and S. McIntyre

Big grocers under stress Christian Science Monitor / Patrik Jonsson

Domestic cuts signal 'tipping point' in budget politics Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Country risks The Economist

Gold demand The Economist

Russia: Paper Links Putin to Dresdner Moscow Times

Ruble Close to 4-Year Dollar High Bloomberg via Moscow Times

Fear and Loathing Crack Greenspan Bond Conundrum Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert 


Alan Greenspan is Destroying Your Money! Mogambo Guru via Daily Reckoning / Richard Daughty

Mass. gains 3,100 jobs in Jan.: Analyst: Worst is over, but lagging Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

U.S. 2-Year Treasury Note Declined for the Fifth Straight Week Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

Japan's 10-Year Bonds Have 4th Weekly Drop, Longest Since June Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

New Zealand Dollar Rises to Record This Week; Bonds Spur Demand Bloomberg / Sineva Toevai

Ottawa vows action on banks Toronto Star / Stuart Laidlaw and Dana Flavelle

Caution: Falling profits CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Geezer army is on call Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Bush Says He'll Step Up Campaign for Social Security Bloomberg / Holly Rosenkrantz

Social Security Trust Fund Sits in Drawer AP via Chicago Tribune / David Epso

Bankruptcy reform spurs fierce debate over 'fresh starts' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Paul Gores

Bush's economist reflects on man, job Boston Globe / Robert Gavin

Campaign-Like Attacks Turn Up Volume on Social Security Debate LA Times / Warren Vieth

Bono, World Bank chief? Reuters via CNN

Asian central bankers affecting markets AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Meg Richards

Dollar Has Weekly Decline on Concern Banks May Slow Purchases Bloomberg / Vivianne Rodrigues and Jake Lee

Bankruptcy idea that's too harsh Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Gelles

Trade deficit: On borrowed time? Washington Post via Seattle Times / Paul Blustein

FL: Prices soar for homes in South Florida South Florida Sun Sentinel / Rafael Gerena-Morales

WI: Strong dollar to blame for loss of state manufacturing jobs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / John Torinus

CA: Jobless rate dips to 5.8% in state San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

CA: Job Picture in California Not So Dark LA Times / Nicholas Riccardi

CA: Job growth in state catching up to nation Mercury News / Nicole C. Wong

Commodity Prices in Broad Rally Reuters via LA Times

EU-US relations roiled by new split on farm aid IHT / Paul Meller

Europe is tough customer Omaha World Herald / Chris Clayton

Specter of a jobless recovery in France IHT / James Kanter

UK: Mortgage approvals hit new low Guardian / Ashley Seager

Oil price surge defies forecasters CBS Marketwatch / Lisa Sanders

Too high even for OPEC? NY Times via IHT / Keith Bradsher

Argentina closes $102.6bn debt swap BBC News



Angst over what plan for 'fixing' Social Security will be selected San Diego Union Tribune / Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Earnings likely to keep rising Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Paul Gores

Social Security calculators give wide variations AP via Clarion Ledger / Laura Meckler

Housing's future is bleak Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Oil Climbs Towards $52 Reuters

Oil is a big challenge for China Dallas Morning News / Jim Landers

Happy investor = bad investor CBS Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

Ailing airlines are opportunity for bond buyers Bloomberg via Seattle Times / Lynne Marek and John Lippert

PA: Manufacturing still matters, and should matter, to Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Post Gazette via / Steve Masse

Adjustable-rate mortgages are less attractive option these days Wichita Eagle

SC: Area boom in housing good news for banks Myrtle Beach Sun News / Dawn Bryant

SC: Housing market holds torrid pace Myrtle Beach Sun News / Jenny Burns

Korean Official Exposes Worries Over Currencies AP via Hartford Courant / Meg Richards

Korea: Global Asset Managers Tap Local Pension Fund Market / Choi Kyong-ae

Emerging debt market eyes U.S. jobs data Reuters / Greg Brosnan

Fund Managers Favor Stocks Over Bonds Reuters / Cal Mankowski

Creditor accepts Argentina's debt offer FT / Adam Thomson

Federated to Buy May –Sources Reuters

A Federated-May Deal Could Just Mean a Bigger Dinosaur LA Times / James Flanigan

Bond market defying textbook Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Bond market as economic beacon CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

Fed won't raise rates as high as feared UPI via Orange County Register / Brendan Boyd

Rising Employment Boosts Growth Prospects: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

The inflation factor CNN / Alexandra Twin

It's the little things that hurt Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Home investors wear out welcome Chicago Tribune / Mary Umberger

CA: Where property tax goes San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Investors need to manage their money the cowboy way CBS Marketwatch via San Francisco Chronicle / Chuck Jaffe

Peter Lynch's guide to philanthropy Boston Globe / Michael Paulson

Currencies are worth investor consideration Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

When 3% May Be a Bum Number LA Times / Tom Petruno

CO: Let homebuyer beware Denver Post / Christine Tatum and Steve Raabe

Bankruptcy rules could KO some debtors Orlando Sentinel / Susan Strother Clarke

The Savings Account Is Back. (No Laughing, Please.) NY Times / Robert D. Hershey Jr.

Six Months, and Still Glittering NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Russian oil reserves attract U.S. interest Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Laughing all the way: HSBC's record £9bn Guardian – Observer / Richard Wachman

Debate will help Social Security Minneapolis Star Tribune / Bob Potter

How to Save Medicare? Die Sooner NY Times / Daniel Altman

World prices rebound as traders hedge against hikes AFP via Taipei Times

Nomura sees 'golden age' Guardian – Observer / Richard Wachman

The Alpha Currency? It's Still the Dollar NY Times / William J. Holsten

Wal-Mart's Profits: Nearly $20,000 (Per Minute, That Is) NY Times / Hubert B. Herring

Big deal, but does it add up? Guardian – Observer / Simon Caulkin

Yes, Foreign Stocks Can Still Reduce a Portfolio's Risk NY Times / Mark Hulbert

Want to Be a Fairly Good Investor? Follow the Paw Prints NY Times / Ben Stein 



Commodities now the only ‘pure bull market’ Investment and Pensions Europe

Bond Market Association Forms Ginnie Mae Advisory Committee Bond Market Association

Bankruptcy costs add to its burden Denver Post / Kelly Yamanouchi

What happened to the German economy? Independent / Stephen King

German unemployment at its highest since 1930s FT / Bertrand Benoit and Birgit Marschall

UK: 2002 - the year of company collapses Evening News via Scotsman

A Trillion Barrels of Oil... and Prices Rise? Elliott Wave via Safehaven / Robert Folsom

Dress rehearsal for a dollar deluge MSN and CNBC / Bill Fleckenstein

New Residential Sales U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. workers voice increasing dissatisfaction with jobs, survey says AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Adam Geller

New home sales tumble 9.2% CNN / Katie Benner

Alan the Great's final year of service CBS Marketwatch / Daniel A. Seiver

Greenspan Goes Bananas Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Hurray! Savings are higher Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Social Security may be in trouble by '08 Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Senate tackles bankruptcy bill CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

U.S. Treasury yield stuck near 3-month high Reuters

Exxon Mobil May Save on Bonds as Energy Prices Rise Bloomberg / Walden Siew and Jim Polson

U.S. mortgage rates rise Monday – BestInfo Reuters

AZ: Loans to stoke economic growth Arizona Republic

Call It Quits, Qwest Forbes / David M. Ewalt

Qwest Would Cut as Many as 15,000 Jobs in an MCI Deal Bloomberg via Google News / Dana Cimilluca

Citigroup will cut 1,400 jobs Reuters via CNN

U.S. life expectancy hits record high CBS Marketwatch / Kristen Gerencher

Freddie Mac sees low net 2nd-qtr note issuance Reuters

CA: Tight Inventory May Send Region's Home Prices Surging Again LA Times / Annette Haddad

Approval of Reserve Banks' proposal to stop providing services for collection and processing of definitive municipal securities Federal Reserve Board

Loan Quality and How It Reflects the Overall Economy Federal Reserve Board / Mark W. Olson

Fed seems less independent Miami Herald / Peter A. Lewis

Fed expects US economy to grow at solid pace-Olson Reuters via Google News

U.S. spending slows as inflation gains CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Blacks Courted on Social Security LA Times / Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger

India Unveils Budget to Fight Poverty, Reform Tax Reuters / Surojit Gupta and Anirban Nag

Tuning into econorama CNN / Kathleen Hays

Look Both Ways: What, Me Worry? / Ed Zwirn

U.S. January Spending Unchanged; Incomes Fall 2.3% Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Budget critics: What would Jesus cut? Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Japanese Bonds Fall as Production Increased More Than Expected Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

Two Big Retailers Agree to Merge for $11 Billion NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin and Tracie Rozhon

Hotel "Debt" California Safehaven / Richard Benson

Russia: Khodorkovsky Gives His First Testimony Moscow Times / Guy Faulconbridge

Australia: Downside seen in stronger yuan AAP via Herald Sun

Yen Rises After Japan's Output Improves: World's Biggest Mover Bloomberg / John Brinsley

HSBC: Let the Ruble Appreciate Bloomberg via Moscow Times

Watch Out for Those Yields Clif Droke Market Analysis via Safehaven / Clif Droke

Greenspan's 'Conundrum' Newsweek / Robert J. Samuelson

Treasury Notes May Decline as U.S. Job Growth Seen, Survey Says Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold and Al Yoon

Dollar May Gain on Speculation U.S. Job Growth Is Accelerating Bloomberg / Mark Tannenbaum

Japan's Industrial Output Rose 1.5% in January, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya