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Insurance is big worry to small firms St. Louis Post Dispatch / Shera Dalin

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

Consumers feel rate-hike hit CBS Marketwatch / Andrea Coombes

Weak 2005 Start Casts Shadow Over Geneva Show Reuters / Michael Shields

Welcome Back, Martha / James B. Stewart

Reports indicate job growth remains bogged down USA Today / Barbara Hagenbaugh

Bubble was in migration Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

CT: Home Sales Still Solid Hartford Courant / Kenneth R. Gosselin

'No late fees' make some movies scarce Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Fed official focuses on jobless Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Joel Dresang

The battle for Britain The Economist

Boon for investment banks targeted CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / William L. Watts

U.S. Senate Defeats Military Exemption to Bankruptcy Bloomberg / Laura Litvan

France: Nine out of ten The Economist

How Germany Can Drive You Crazy Business Week via MSNBC / Jack Ewing

US house prices rise fastest since 1970s FT / Christopher Swann

US inflation benign, but targets in Fed spotlight Reuters / Tim Ahmann

Tech's five year hangover CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Goodyear pays chief $2.6 million bonus Akron Beacon Journal / John Russell

Qwest presses MCI for reply AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Bruce Meyers

Bankruptcy bill aims to make debtors pay Cox News via Washington Times

Social Security oddities San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

The Harebrained Cap-Raising Idea National Review / Donald Luskin

IMF slashes eurozone growth forecasts FT / Ralph Atkins, Mark Schieritz and Chris Giles

UK: Housing market 'bottomed out' says Nationwide Guardian

Ex-Chief of Hewlett Seen as Candidate to Head World Bank NY Times / Elizabeth Becker

Board adopts final rule on trust preferred securities Federal Reserve Board

General Motors, Ford Sales Off in February AP via Newsday

Lessons Learned from the Recent Business Cycle Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia / Anthony M. Santomero

Fed's Santomero sees stable prices, some pressures Reuters / Nick Antonovics

Inflation Targeting and the Conduct of Monetary Policy Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Jeffrey M. Lacker

Job Loss: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Michael H. Moskow

Finding the Middle Way Pimco / Mohamed A. El-Erian

US Treasuries end slightly higher, mood bearish Reuters / Wayne Cole

I've Got to Admit It's Getting Better; Getting Better All the Time Pimco / Bill Gross

Second homes now mainstream CNN / Sarah Max

GM, Ford U.S. Sales Fall in February; Toyota Rises Bloomberg / Bill Koenig

Bush faces growing pressure on Social Security Reuters / Caren Bohan and Donna Smith

February Manufacturing ISM Report On Business Institute for Supply Management

U.S. job displacement still high - Fed's Moskow Reuters

Manufacturing growth slows CNN

Oil prices too high, says Opec secretary-general Evening News via Scotsman

Argentina's Kirchner says debt default is over Reuters

US Treasuries under renewed pressure before data Reuters / Wayne Cole

More job opportunities seen for older workers Knight Ridder via Mercury News / Kevin G. Hall

CA: Home Prices May Be at or Near Peak LA Times / Annette Haddad

Congress pushing bankruptcy reform AP via Mercury News / Marcy Gordon

Steel supply puts manufacturers in a pinch Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Rick Barrett

If interest rates continue to rise, the number of companies taking write-downs could increase / Stephen Taub

Kill the Prescription Drug Benefit Ludwig von Mises Institute / George Reisman

Unions on a roll in Las Vegas Sacramento Bee / Rachel Osterman

2 + 2 = One hot field Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Eileen Mozinski

Poll: Bush slips on Social Security CNN

Cheat's gone, but name lives on Denver Post / Al Lewis

JPMorgan to Ditch Buyout Unit to Avoid Conflicts Bloomberg / Simon Clark

Final bids for Toys 'R' Us stores? CNN

The Two Markets Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Contrary Investor via Safehaven

A Vanguard Enthusiast Gets Carried Away Over Fees Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Qwest Chief Executive Notebaert Presses Case for MCI Takeover Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

Wolfowitz on shortlist for World Bank top post FT / Andrew Balls and Edward Alden

India's Supply-Side Budget Is a Wake-up Call Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee 


Bush's pension plan seeks to slaughter one of US' sacred cows Guardian via Taipei Times / Julian Borger

The Good-News Graveyard National Review / Larry Kudlow

The Beauty of the Flat Tax National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Social Security Vote May Be Delayed Washington Post / Mike Allen and Charles Babington

Amendment Could Impede Bankruptcy Bill Washington Post / Kathleen Day

Like A Lead Balloon via Safehaven / Brady Willett

BondWorks Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Levente Mady

May got lost trying to play by the book that Federated Threw Out St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

FL: Bankers: Regulation to prevent foreign corruption drives good clients away Miami Herald / Gregg Fields

The Three Desperados Always On Network via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Eric Janszen

Prospects for the U.S. Economy pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet Yellen

The Importance of Raising National Saving Federal Reserve Board / Edward M. Gramlich

Fed banks began discount rate push mid Jan-minutes Reuters

Greenspan: 'Very little evidence' foreign banks dumping US$ AP via Malaysia Star and Google News

Greenspan Warns Congress That Deficits Are 'Unsustainable' NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Comment Letter to IRS on Proposed Circular 230 Regulations pdf Bond Market Association

Rating outlook worries hit GM's corporate bonds Reuters / Dena Aubin

Bond prices finish mixed AP via Beaufort Gazette

Springtime for Jobs in February? Business Week via MSNBC / Rick MacDonald

The ugly side of mergers Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Top Exec Quits Bloomberg After Management Shuffle NY Post / Keith J. Kelly

Mergers and retiree questions CBS Marketwatch / Robert Powell

Home prices soaring in U.S. AP via Mercury News / Joseph Rebello

Millions are wary about retirement AP via Detroit News / Will Lester

CA: As Cargo Rises, Ports Struggle to Prepare LA Times / Ronald D. White

WA: Jobless rate here lowest in 4 years Seattle Times / Shirleen Holt

Millions balk at prospect of load funds Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

When Hedge Funds Attack / Will Swarts

Korea: Manufacturing Confidence Hits 10-Month High Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Greenspan comments calm bond fears FT / Jennifer Hughes, Charles Batchelor and Philip Stafford

Oil prices surpass $53 a barrel, up more than $10 since year began AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Brad Foss

The natural-gas explosion The Economist

Ramping up the oil patch AP via Washington Times / Roxana Hegeman

Potential Bidding War for MCI Takes Shape AP via Newsday / Bruce Meyerson

Ruling against Microsoft overturned Reuters via CNN

Starbucks Feb. Sales Beat Estimates AP via Forbes

Closing Time Forbes / Dan Ackman

Greyhound service to be cut in 150 cities Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Gordon Dickson

Automakers Steered Toward New Accounting / Stephen Taub

WTO Stance on U.S. Subsidies Sours Some Farmers Bloomberg / Mark Drajem

Greenspan urges spending restraint FT / Andrew Balls

Greenspan Says Current Budget Policy `Unsustainable' Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Alison Fitzgerald

Greenspan Urges Congress to Rein Soc. Sec. AP via Forbes

Bush trade policy credited for price rise moderation Washington Times / Jeffrey Sparshott

Senate rejects plan to protect seniors' homes under bankruptcy law AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Marcy Gordon

Labor leaders prioritize Social Security Washington Times / William Glanz

Fresh Pricks In Housing Bubble Forbes / Dan Ackman

CA: Factory, office buildings filling up LA Daily News / Gregory J. Wilcox

Bankruptcies fell in 2004 Bloomberg via Buffalo News

Economic outlook and current fiscal issues Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Greenspan: Deficits are a problem Reuters via CNN

A contrarian's look at the bond market CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

US Treasuries slip, bulls flinch before Fed chief Reuters

Where will Macy's go from here? Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Rick Stouffer

Stocks Open Lower Ahead of Greenspan AP via NY Times

CO: Home values slowing down Rocky Mountain News / John Rebchook

CA: O.C. homes end year up 25% Orange County Register / Jeff Collins

IL: Small business owners here not sold on Illinois' direction Chicago Sun Times / Francine Knowles

Hedge Funds, Buyout Firms Converge on Same Turf Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Government seizes fund managed by Anthem Baltimore Sun / William Patalon III

Nonprofits seem in no big hurry to fix their problems Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Why we're so incredibly stupid about retirement investing Slate / Daniel Gross

UK: Rates hike predicted as house prices rise again Scotsman / Nick Bevens

UK: Strong demand 'will push up inflation' Telegraph / Malcolm Moore

The song doesn't necessarily remain the same Chicago Sun Times / Eric Herman

Mortgage applications fall sharply Reuters via CNN

Greenspan Likely to Be Grilled on Social Security Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerald

Oil Prices Hold Ground Above $51 AP via Forbes

Why Can't Minority Firms Win Muni Bond Auctions? Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Proposed Law on Bankruptcy Has Loophole NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Every Problem Is an Opportunity for U.S. Economy Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Britain must do more to bridge gap with US Guardian / Larry Elliott

Dollar Gains on Speculation Greenspan to Mute Deficit Concerns Bloomberg / John Brinsley

Greenspan Humbled By Asia's Central Bankers Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Australian Central Bank Raises Rate by Quarter Point Bloomberg / Victoria Batchelor


One in 10 bought a new cell in 2004 Dallas Morning News / Terry Maxon

Mortgage notes alter rate game Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

The 7 Percent Delusion Slate / Daniel Gross

US Treasuries little changed ahead of jobs data Reuters

Courting Institutions Bond Buyer / Matthew Johnson

Goldschmid Wants New Powers Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Greenspan Says Taxes Should Focus More on Spending Reuters / Caren Bohan

Greenspan calls for tax code changes CBS Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Bankruptcy Bill Lingers in the Ring Washington Post / Michelle Singletary

WTO rejects U.S. appeal on subsidies for cotton St. Louis Post Dispatch / William Lambrecht

Social Security personal accounts lose support with over-40 crowd AP via St. Louis Post Dispatch / Will Lester

Fannie Mae Faces Billions in New Losses Dow Jones via

Canada: Dollar's rise led to tax cut, Goodale says Bloomberg via Toronto Star

Still want to buy? The Economist

Seattle bank to stop mortgage purchases UPI via Washington Times

CA: Region's bankruptcy decline tops in U.S. Orange County Register / Diana McCabe

Gas prices might increase 24 cents USA Today via 1st Headlines / James R. Healey

Gearing up for payrolls CNN / Alexandra Twin

The next big thing The Economist

Social Security Reform Lite? Business Week via MSNBC / Lee Walczak

NYSE seat sold UPI via Washington Times

Fat cats turn to low fat The Economist

CFOs worry about deficit Raleigh News & Observer / Amy Martinez

Argentina Ends Restructuring, Swaps $62.2 Bln Bonds Bloomberg / Daniel Helft and Eliana Raszewski

EU: The battle of the budget The Economist

Brazil: The dangers of tax and spend The Economist

From chaos, order The Economist

Exchange-rate forecasts The Economist

Venezuela Devalues Currency 10.7 Percent to 2,147.3 Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

Brazil's Real Falls on Yield Concern: World's Biggest Mover Bloomberg / Robert Jameson

Short Treasurys Slip; Movement Limited Ahead Of Payrolls Dow Jones via Morningstar, Moreover News and Bond Market Association

Rates on 30-year mortgages increase for third straight week AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Martin Crutsinger

The tiger in front The Economist

Greenspan touts idea of a national consumption tax AP via Newsday / Jeannine Aversa

Going off the (third) rails The Economist

Deficit spending seen as path to budget crisis Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Bush Will Have to Compromise on Social Security Plan Bloomberg / Brendan Murray

FL: For $200,000-plus a year, megayacht owners can give vessels a happy home South Florida Sun Sentinel / Joseph Mann

The tax system Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Economy’s Debt Threat NY Post / Paul Tharp

Fed boost for Soc Sec accounts NY Daily News via Google News / Tom van Riper

Jobless today, jobs tomorrow CNN / Kathleen Hays

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report U.S. Dept. of Labor

February Manufacturing ISM Report On Business Institute for Supply Management

SEC to recognize A.M. Best as rating agency Reuters

Argentina poised to end 3-year debt default drama Reuters / Hilary Burke

Treasuries cling to gains despite payroll pressure Reuters / Wayne Cole

ECB Puts Brave Face on Slowdown, Rates Kept Steady Reuters / David Milliken

Don't Blame Toyota for Europe's Jobless Bloomberg / Doron Levin

Report: NBC in talks to buy out MSNBC stake AP via Seattle Times

BofA in $460.5m WorldCom settlement Reuters via FT

Frank Wants Back on the Street AP via NY Post

Ahrens's Investments in `Sin' Lift Vice Fund Over Competitors Bloomberg / Ari Levy

MA: TD Banknorth wins arena deal Boston Globe / Sasha Talcott

New type of Roth accounts San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Productivity and Costs Bureau of Labor Statistics

Feb. Retail Sales Better Than Expected Baltimore Sun / Anne D’Innocenzio

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

Greenspan, Trichet, King Debate Rate Temptations Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Medicaid: the 'monster in the road' Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Q&A: The great Social Security debate Christian Science Monitor

Greenspan Walks Policy Tightrope Euro Pacific Capital via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Drilling for Oil by the Yard NY Times / Simon Romero

Taiwan, China trade expands 33.1 percent AFP via Taiwan News

Japan's Bonds May Fall; Growth Forecasts May Sap Auction Demand Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

EU: Forecast cut for eurozone GDP Guardian / Ashley Seager

UK: Bank guru says interest rates must rise Daily Mail via This is London / Edmund Conway

UK: The Budget must not be viewed simply in terms of Brown's rules Independent / Hamish McRae

S. Korea Business Confidence Jumps as Demand Picks Up Bloomberg via 1st Headlines / Yunsuk Lim

Disability Insurance Side of Social Security Raises Questions NY Times / Alan B. Krueger

A New Prince of Wall Street Uses His Riches to Buy Up Art NY Times / Landon Thomas Jr. and Carol Vogel

Dollar Near 10-Day High; U.S. Jobless Claims May Have Dropped Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose 



Data turning to the foreign deficit CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Bush tack on Social Security: Be flexible, patient Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldman

Searching for the next Greenspan CBS Marketwatch / Marshall Loeb

Martha trading on hope, hype Denver Post / Al Lewis

Greenspan enjoys rock star renown AP via Houston Chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

NV: Many investors priced out of Vegas market, Adelson says Las Vegas Sun / Liz Benston

WI: Slower home sales forecast Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Michele Derus

Bush Says `Drastic' Action Needed for Social Security Bloomberg / Brendan Murray and William McQuillen

UBS, SAC Big Guns To Start Fund Bondweek / Caroline Salas

Deutsche Bank Loses High-Yield Trio Bondweek

NASD Action Shows the Folly of Chasing Muni Yield Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Enjoy it while it lasts The Economist

Big day for the Dow CNN / Alexandra Twin

Putnam to pay $193m in scandal Boston Herald / Andrew Caffrey

Why adding on tops carving out Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Jobs: Not all good news CNN / Kathleen Hays

No let up, or pick up, for the Fed CNN

True to his roots Breaking News via CNN / Edward Hadas

Remembering The Bubble Boys Forbes / Penelope Patsuris

FL: West Palm hedge funds accused of fraud in $81 million loss South Florida Sun Sentinel / Alexandra Navarro Clifton

WI: U.S. forecast is good, state's is very good Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Avrum D. Lank

CA: O.C. pump prices keep rising Orange County Register

US Treasuries bounce as jobs lack inflation danger Reuters / Wayne Cole

Bond prices rise after US employment report FT / Joanna Chung

Dollar Declines Against Euro; U.S. Unemployment Rate Increases Bloomberg / Steve Rothwell

February shows spend trend Minneapolis Star Tribune / Chris Serres

Average hourly earnings of production Bureau of Labor Statistics

Factory Orders U.S. Census Bureau

Payrolls grow, but so does jobless rate AP via Houston Chronicle

US February job growth tops expectations FT / Christopher Swann

Oil merger rumored San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

Venezuela threatens to cut oil supply to US New Ratings via Google News

Oil Prices Fall but Stay Above $53 Mark AP via Newsday Wee Sui Lee

Midday Oil Prices Surge Past $55 Barrier NY Post

Investors hedge against US Feb job jolt in auction Reuters

Fed chief raises idea for national sales tax Baxter Bulletin via Google News

Fed chair backs hybrid reform Miami Herald / Kevin G. Hall

Surprise as new fed chief comes from within sector Inside Housing via Google News

SEC Keeps Timing Fees Optional LA Times / Jonathan Peterson

Burger King profits may double AP via Orlando Sentinel /  John Pain

SEC, IRS Crack Down on Hidden Executive Pay, Boats and Cars Bloomberg / Mark Jaffe

Rising Rates, Slower Home-Price Gains May Pinch U.S. Consumers Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Greenspan Pounds Away at Broken Budget Process Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Fannie Mae's fans standing firm CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Meet the Villains to Blame for `Closet Indexing' Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Russia: Income Gap Reaches a Dangerous Level Moscow Times / Francesca Mereu

Oil leaps as Opec hints $80 barrel is on the way Telegraph / Malcolm Moore

UK: Rate-rise prospects 'killed off' Evening Standard via This is London / Jane Padgham

Australia: Banks respond to rate rise Herald Sun

Swiss economy stumbles in quarter IHT / Tom Wright

Dollar Heads for Weekly Gain Versus Euro on U.S. Job Creation Bloomberg / John Brinsley

Did the Buck Stop Anywhere? NY Times / Ken Belson and Seth Schiesel

Fed's Chief Gives Consumption Tax Cautious Backing NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Argentina says debt default is over Guardian / Ashley Seager

Taiwan: Rising currency seen challenging exports Central News Agency via Taiwan News

ECB puts bright face on EU's downturn IHT / Carter Dougherty 


Why Trade Deficits Matter Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Russia: Tymoshenko: Russians Have 'Nothing to Fear' Moscow Times / Greg Walters

Would You Buy a Used Deficit From This Man? Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Senate to Vote on Minimum Wage Proposals AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jim Abrams

Buffett, After $1.63 Bln Gain, Hopes Dollar Bet Fails Bloomberg / Jesse Westbrook and David Plumb

Buffett deepens dollar worries FT / Dan Roberts

Chavez: Low oil rates a thing of the past AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

Bush Hits the Road to Sell Overhaul LA Times / Warren Vieth and Richard Simon

Buffett Gives Krispy Kreme A Boost NY Post / Paul Tharp

U.S. Two-Year Treasury Note Falls for Sixth Week Straight Week Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

Berkshire's Profit Rises 40 Percent on Currency Gains Bloomberg / David Plumb

Jobs report has a silver lining San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

Payroll News Sparks Rally on Wall Street LA Times / Josh Friedman

Payrolls up, but jobless rate rises Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrea Ahles

WA: Home prices soar some more Seattle Post Intelligencer / Brad Wong

Mortgage insurers say piggyback loans carry off business via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Holden Lewis

China to Stick With Yuan Peg, Won't Allow Big Change Bloomberg / Yanping Li

Dollar Falls for a Third Week Against Yen on U.S. Labor Report Bloomberg / Mark Tannenbaum

The tough climb to Big Board's peak IHT / Liz Alderman

Economy 'hit the sweet spot' AP via Pittsburgh Tribune Review

UK: For sale: merchant bank, slightly used Guardian / Edmond Warner

Japanese Bonds Fall for Fifth Week, Longest Slide Since April Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Chris Cooper

China's Finance Ministry to Sell Fewer Bonds in 2005 Bloomberg / Cathy Chan 


Some need to hear Greenspan's words more clearly Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Buffett says pressure on dollar will continue USA Today / Adam Shell

Making a big leap CBS Marketwatch / John Spence

Consumer advocates fear losing AT&T's voice USA Today / Leslie Cauley

Navigating the minefield of asset-backed securities Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Bond yields surprisingly low-BIS report Reuters / Stella Dawson

Intl debt issuance in 2004 up 14.5 pct vs 2003-BIS Reuters / Richard Barley

Capital One to buy Hibernia for $5.3 bln Reuters

Metal prices set to rise, miners told Globe and Mail / Wendy Stueck

Calling on government to cure ills? Dallas Morning News / Robert Dodge

Bush backers, Democrats spar on Social Security Reuters / Joanne Kenen

What will inflate the next Nasdaq bubble? St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Inventories, Rates May Hit Car Dealers Reuters / Poornima Gupta

Companies Behaving Badly NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Companies ignore cash, look to long term AP via Wichita Eagle / Rachel Beck

NE: Area real-estate gains not fanning fears of overheating Omaha World Herald / Deborah Shanahan

Send in the Clowns Safehaven / Rob Kirby

Sony breaks with tradition USA Today via 1st Headlines / David Lieberman

Who pays when a money manager makes a bad call? St. Petersburg Times / Joni James

Chase bears away; focus on bonds and time Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Flipping real estate is risky in any market Bradenton Herald / Jerry Chautin

A 'consumption' tax is less taxing Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Analysts say inflation is here, but it doesn't have to be brutal Minneapolis Star via Orange County Register / Mike Meyers

Lessons may be forgotten Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Credit card penalties, fees bury debtors Washington Post via 1st Headlines and MSNBC / Kathleen Day and Caroline E. Mayer

Stewart Says She's Changed, but Has She? AP via Chicago Tribune / Adam Geller

Greenspan's 'conundrum' (falling long-term rates) could indicate trouble ahead Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Greenspan has turned Fed job into a pulpit San Francisco Chronicle / Tom Abate

Snow Says High Oil Prices Create `Headwinds' for U.S. Economy Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerad

Adjustables lose their edge LA Times / Lew Sichelman

CA: For housing prices, a short-lived slump Mercury News / Sue McAllister

Tax-shelter orbit a vortex of greed Denver Post / Al Lewis

Ready for a Comeback: Growth Stocks Wall Street Journal / Ian McDonald

Reinventing department stores Houston Chronicle / David Kaplan

Profit From Weak Dollar Wall Street Journal / Elanor Laise and Nicole Bullock

Hedge funds' pitfalls exposed South Florida Sun Sentinel / Ian Katz

Buffett condemns 'force-feeding' of US wealth to the rest of the world Telegraph / Robert Preston

Why Wall St. Digs Raw Materials LA Times / Tom Petruno

NC: Steel, concrete busting budgets Charlotte Observer / Kerry Hall

CO: Grocery workers ratify contract, avert strike Denver Post / Kristi Arellano

CA: Ports just keep getting busier San Francisco Chronicle / George Raine

Can Anyone Be an Owner? Wall Street Journal / Jackie Calmes

Social Security Overhaul Splinters GOP LA Times / Janet Hook

How policy affects people San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Bono May Make Short List for World Bank AP via Forbes

Trade Gap Probably Grew on Import Demand: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Low-tech lessons remain 5 years after Nasdaq's peak Boston Globe / Charles Stein

Real Bonds, and Worries, Draw Interest LA Times / Joel Havemann

Disappointing week for fund investors CBS Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

MA: Nonprofits are found to add to job market Boston Globe / Michael Levenson

Foreign investors upbeat on South Africa AP via Seattle Times / Clare Nullis

Investment banks can cure the hedge fund virus Telegraph

Where in the world to build cars Guardian

UK: Bank set to leave rates unchanged - for now Guardian / Nick Mathiason

Interest Rate Turbulence: What's a Bond Investor to Do? NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Commodities Are Pointing Thumbs Up NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

'Dr Doom' scorns 'wild' boom in oil shares Telegraph / Edward Simpkins and Sylvia Pfeifer

Here Comes The Class of 2005. Can It Pay the Rent? NY Times / Hubert B. Herring

Who Wins in a New Social Security? NY Times / Eduardo Porter

Don't bank on HP's source of difficulty Guardian / John Naughton

EBay's Joy Ride: Going Once ... NY Times / Gary Rivlin

Wall Street Loves Tobacco. Well, for Now. NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle 



Housing mania will end in tears CNBC via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Bill Fleckenstein

Who's next on the Boeing hot seat? St. Louis Post Dispatch / Tim McLaughlin and Philip Dine

February's "Goldilocks" Jobs Report Business Week via MSNBC / Michael Englund

The Empathy Economy Business Week via MSNBC / Bruce Nussbaum

Buffett's Wisdom For The Ages Forbes / Dan Ackman

Worker shortage in the making? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Rick Barrett

US parties and their foreign policy masquerade FT / Francis Fukuyama

Jobs data bring sigh of relief Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

U.S. Treasuries move little in Asia, auction eyed Reuters

The Bear's Lair: Thank you, Mr. Greenspan UPI via Washington Times / Martin Hutchinson

The Politics Behind the U.S. Dollar Texas Hedge Report via Safehaven / T. Stein and S. McIntyre

If Bono Ran the World Bank ... Slate / Daniel Engber

Lobbying Under The Cloak Of Invisibility Washington Post / Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Call It a “Lockbox”! National Review / Donald Luskin

GOP senator wants to raise retirement age to 68 Chicago Sun Times / Nedra Pickler

Snow still hasn't found what he's looking for AP via Washington Times

The house call is back Washington Times / Andrew Johnson

Risky real estate moves CNN / Sarah Max

Venezuela Sells EU1 Billion of Bonds to Finance Debt Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

Delphi Debt Cost May Rise on Restatement, Rating Cut Bloomberg / John Dooley

Opportunities knocked CBS Marketwatch / John Spence

Korea: Foreign Analysts Split Over Recovery Korea Times / Kim Jae-kyoung

Senate defeats different proposals for raising the minimum wage AP via USA Today

Critics hammer Greenspan, lay rocky road for heir Reuters / Tim Ahmann

“Don't You Raise Those Prices!” U.S. Consumers Say Reuters / Andrea Hopkins

Consumer Credit Federal Reserve Board

Consumer Borrowing Jumps in January AP via Newsday / Martin Crutsinger

China's timber use ravages forests Detroit Free Press / Tim Johnson

Long-term U.S. Treasuries firm, brace for auctions Reuters

Europe CDO pricing beats US for first time FT

Bonds gain as market digests jobs data FT / Jennifer Hughes, Joanna Chung and Philip Stafford

Global junk bond default rate rises in Feb-report Reuters

U.S. Investment Income Trend Ominous for Dollar Reuters / Jamie McGeever

Oil Prices Edge Toward $54 a Barrel AP via Newsday / Wee Sui Lee

The Oil Pit Daily Reckoning /  Eric J. Fry

Oil prices cling to $53 mark despite OPEC comments AP via Boston Herald

Gold Is Not The Main Act Daily Reckoning / Paul van Eeden

U.S. mortgage rates fall Monday – BestInfo Reuters

Key Dates in Euro's Stability Pact AP via Forbes 

Treasury stresses permanent tax cuts CBS Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Dollar Continues its Modest Increase in February Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Greenspan-Predicted Rise in Savings Rate May Be Years Away Bloomberg / Art Pine

Key Treasury adds to post-job data rally CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

Venezuela to Sell Up to 1 Billion Euros of Bonds Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

Dollar recovers after Friday sell-off FT / Steve Johnson

Boeing CFO Steps In as CEO / Stephen Taub

GOP Senator to Pitch Plan for Social Security LA Times / Richard Simon

Who needs the hand of God? Guardian / Larry Elliott

U.S. Notes May Extend Gain on Tame Inflation View Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Japanese Bonds Advance After Yields Climb to Four-Month High Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Inflation, Monetary Stimulation and Interest Rates - A Cycle Perspective Stock Cycles for 21st Century Investor via Safehaven / Mike Alexander

Greenspan, Bush Advisers Say Productivity Mutes $50 Oil Threat Bloomberg / Joe Carroll

U.S. Already Has a Flat Tax, and It Isn't Pretty Bloomberg / John Wasik

Mr. Bush, meet Mr. Bust Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Tax Cuts Lose Spot On GOP Agenda Washington Post / Jim VandeHei

Fiscal follies in America and beyond Taipei Times / J. Bradford Delong

China Says It Won't Sell Dollars NY Times / Keith Bradsher

Italy's Banks Wilt Behind Protectionist Barriers Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

World economy too reliant on China and US, says IMF Guardian / Mark Milner

Bank of England May Keep Interest Rate Unchanged, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Laura Humble

Germany told slack fiscal controls pose threat to euro Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Shakeup at Sony Puts Westerner in Leader's Role NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin and Saul Hansell

Oil patch's boom is muffled by shortage of rig workers AP via Omaha World Herald

How Sexism in Japan Worsens Its Debt Outlook Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Yen to Gain as Traders Most Optimistic in 5 Weeks, Survey Says Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues 


Bond default rate widened last month FT / Charles Batchelor

Enter the dragon Washington Business Journal / Kent Hoover

WI: Credit unions attracting more customers statewide Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Paul Gores

Estonia is Europe's car bargain basement AFP via EU Business

Retailers count on refunds Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Copper soars on China, sagging dollar USA Today via 1st Headlines / Thor Valdmanis and Adam Shell

Paris turns gaudy in Olympic bid Baltimore Sun via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Todd Richissin

The Economic Outlook Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Fed can stick to measured pace of rate hikes Reuters / Ros Krasny

California Dreamin’ Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

Size Seen Pinching World's Biggest Gold Miners Reuters / Nicole Mordant

$3 gas may be in sight Oakland Tribune / Alec Rosenberg

European Securitisation Sets Issuance Record for Sixth Consecutive Year Bond Market Association

The Last Shall Be First Daily Reckoning / Eric J. Fry

Treasuries slump on technical selling at long end Reuters / Wayne Cole

Right time' is never to buy these notes CBS Marketwatch via Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

A Budget Deficit Fiasco? Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

You'll recall Ebbers; he recalls little Denver Post / Al Lewis

Nasdaq's wild ride Newsday / Susan Harrigan

Putting on Rally Caps over Job’s Growth a Fool’s Game NY Post / John Crudele

China pledges to figure out true growth rates Evening News via Scotsman / Scott Reid

Canada: Housing starts plunge in February Ottawa Business Journal

Canada: Loonie soars against slumping Greenback CP via Toronto Star

Canada: RBC temporarily suspended currency traders Globe and Mail / Sinclair Stewat

Exchanges say US futures laws should be tweaked Reuters

Where Are the Small-Business Jobs? / Jess McCuan

Breakout, or Fake-out? / Igor Greenwald

The Future Is Bright / Monica Rivituso

Made for walking The Economist

Fannie Mae Agrees to Put in New Controls AP via Newsday / Marcy Gordon

High demand for 50-year euro corporate bond FT / Ivar Simensen

Venezuelan Three-Month Bill Yields Hold Near Three-Year Low Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

Treasuries drop as investors shift positions FT / Jennifer Hughes, Joanna Chung and Philip Stafford

U.S. Treasuries Fall on Inflation View: World's Biggest Mover Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Bankruptcy bill marches ahead Reuters via CNN

Erasing Debts With Bankruptcy Gets Harder AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Marcy Gordon

Commodity Prices Climb to 24-Year High on Global Demand Growth Bloomberg / Claudia Carpenter

Brent crude price hits new record BBC News

US bullish in 2005 oil price forecast FT /Kevin Morrison and Javier Blas

Feds buying from Microsoft rival AP via Arizona Republic

Dollar Sinks to 2-Month Low Against Euro AP via Forbes

Mexico's Peso Climbs to 11-Month High on Local Yield Advantage Bloomberg / Adriana Arai and Jeb Blount

Merrill Lynch Fined for Fund Violations AP via Chicago Tribune / Michael J. Martinez

Electronic trading at CBOT shuts down twice AP and Bloomberg via Chicago Sun Times

Have bonds gone crazy? CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

US Treasuries retreat, mood swings back to bearish Reuters / Wayne Cole

U.S. Treasuries Fall; Yields Too Low Given Inflation Outlook Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

US chain store sales fall in March 5 week Reuters

What Social Security reformers easily forget CBS Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

GE Cuts Billions from Cash Flow / Stephen Taub

Dollar dips against leading currencies CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / Lisa Twaronite & Rachel Koning

Why the Dollar is Falling Ludwig von Mises Institute / Antony P. Mueller

Top Corporate Hate Web Sites Forbes / Charles Wolrich

Bankruptcy bill nearing vote Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Gelles

Petroleum's energetic rise fuels talk about a bubble Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

FL: Banks experience a baby boom Orlando Sentinel / Richard Burnett

And Waiting in the Wings? LA Times / James F. Peltz

J.D. Power to Be Bought by McGraw-Hill LA Times / John O'Dell

Bob Turner Takes Growth-Stock Quest to New Ground Bloomberg / Chet Currier

European Economies: EU Fails to Agree on Easing of Deficit Pact Bloomberg / James G. Neuger

Treasury rejected Bank of England independence four times Guardian / Larry Elliott

Europe's Deficit Betrayal May Kill AAA Ratings Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Interest Factors Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

Democrats fight back on Social Security Christian Science Monitor /  Alexandra Marks

Hedge funds derailed Deutsche Börse LSE bid IHT / Carter Dougherty

As Businesses Step Up Spending, Some See a Just-Right Economy NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews and Eduardo Porter

Japan's 10-Year Bond Yield Holds Near Four-Month High Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

Yen May Rise; Japan's Leading Index May Signal Faster Recovery Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

China to hold down investment, keep yuan steady AP via Taiwan News

China's Economy May Overshoot 8% Growth Target Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee  


How high can low go without adverse effects on economy? St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

China's global hunt for oil BBC News / Mary Hennock

Philadelphia Muni Trial Includes Pillow Talk Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

IMF urges Opec to raise output capacity FT / Javier Blas

Housing: A lesson learned? Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

MBIA receives additional document subpoena Reuters

Bond Market Association Releases Annual Report TBMA

The BMA Urges SEC to Adopt New Disclosure Rules Specific to Synthetic Asset-Backed Securities Bond Market Association

TBMA President Micah S. Green Speaks to a congressional committee Bond Market Association

MBIA's credibility takes a hit CBS Marketwatch / Herb Greenberg

Fear and Selling in Treasuries The Street via and Bond Market Association / Ross Snel

Emerging-Market Bonds Tumble on Concern Yield Advantage to Wane Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

Labor Markets and the U.S. Economic Outlook Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Michael H. Moskow

Moskow: Gradual moves appropriate CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

Wall Street Bracing for Bullish Intel Update Reuters / Daniel Sorid

Blockbuster extends tender offer for Hollywood Entertainment Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Oil Fears Send Dow Skidding 107 Points AP via Morning Call / Meg Richards

U.S. House panel backs $2.6 trillion budget plan Reuters / Anna Willard

The Right VATitude National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Bush's Plan Is Only a Start / Lisa Scherzer

US Senate nixes efforts to soften bankruptcy rules Reuters / Susan Cornwell

IBC profit down a bit in 2004 San Antonio Express-News / William Pack

ABN Amro, Three Other WorldCom Banks Pay $428.4 Mln Bloomberg / David E. Rovella

Russian foreign debt falls to 110.5 billion dollars: finance ministry AFP via Turkish Press

Illinois unemployment dips to 5.6% in January St. Louis Business Journal

Total Commitment to Customer Service Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Dot-con job: How InfoSpace took its investors for a ride Seattle Times / David Heath and Sharon Pian Chan

Many older Americans choosing to work after retirement AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Will Lester

U.S. Congressional Panels Present Plans With Cuts Bloomberg / Laura Litvan

Italy suffers further blow on economic reform FT / Tony Barber

Brown rules OK Guardian / William Keegan

The Fed in Search of a Strategie for the Time after Greenspan Handelsblatt / Marietta Kurm-Engels

Bond market skittish Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Rosy economy knocks bond prices CNN

Beige Book Federal Reserve Board

Dallas Beige Book Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Economic Quarterly Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

US industry passing on higher costs FT / Andrew Balls

Crude prices briefly rise above $55 a barrel AP via Dallas Morning News

Bracing for the bankruptcy bill CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Hong Kong Disneyland takes 10,000 hotel bookings AP via USA Today / William Foreman

Kmart to Put Sears Name on 400 Stores After Merger South Florida Sun Sentinel / Sarah Karush

Bush won't tap reserves to cut gas prices AP via Houston Chronicle

Advertisers: Their skin is available South Florida Sun Sentinel / Justin Dickerson

Dollar hit as China talks of currency basket FT / Steve Johnson

U.S. mortgage applications decrease last week-MBA Reuters

US Treasury yields spike higher before auction Reuters / Wayne Cole

Kmart posts $309M profit in fourth quarter AP via USA Today / Sarah Karush

Yield curve yields clue to Fed's interest rate strategy Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

IL: Citywide `Wi-Fi' network pondered Chicago Tribune / Gary Washburn

U.S. bond yields hit 7-mo high, up share pressure Reuters / William Kemble-Diaz

Finding oil gets harder Dallas Morning News / Sudeep Reddy

Nasdaq Record Looms Like Peak in Gold Bloomberg / Ari Levy

Bankruptcy Bill on Brink of Passing South Florida Sun Sentinel / Mary Curtius

Microsoft's Bill Gates Says U.S. Economy Is `Very Strong' Bloomberg / Brian Sullivan

Europe's House Prices Create a Puzzle for the ECB Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Note Yield Reaches Highest Since August Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Return of the Dealmakers / Stephen Taub

Less Stock-Based Comp for McDonald's / Stephen Taub

Mobile growth 'fastest in Africa' BBC News

MBIA Will Restate Results for 7 Years Over Improper Accounting NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Japan's 10-Year Bonds Fall for 1st Day in Three on Stock Rally Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Surging Prices for Commodities Reflect Global Growth NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Stringer's Nationality Is Not the Sony Shock Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Yen May Climb on Speculation Index to Signal Recovery in Japan Bloomberg / John Brinsley

Bankruptcy Bill Set for Passage; Victory for Bush NY Times / Stephen Labaton

Gold hits $439 The Scotsman

Australian Dollar Rises to One-Year High as Commodities Surge Bloomberg / Chris Young

How CEOs are being held to higher ethics Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Bankruptcy Bill Nears Final Senate Vote Washington Post / Kathleen Day

Off-radar tax breaks draw new scrutiny Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

More, more, more, store, store, store Christian Science Monitor / Clayton Collins

UK spending plans are right, Brown tells Brussels Guardian / Ashley Seager

EU: Ministers to meet again after marathon talks end in impasse IHT / Graham Bowley

U.S. Notes May Rise; Oil Gain, Stock Losses Feed Growth Concern Bloomberg / Shamim Adam 



An Ethics Lesson for MBA Wannabes Business Week via MSNBC / Geoff Gloeckler and Jennifer Merritt

Asia: US Treasuries slip as Greenspan adds salt to wounds Reuters

Wallets look fat, but aren't Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Greenspan: Trade adjustment could be smooth Reuters / Andrea Ricci

Texas is No. 1 in home foreclosures Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Steve Brown

Yield impact of cenbank dlr buys modest-Greenspan Reuters

No shift on dollar holdings imminent—Bernanke Reuters

Another Look at Taxes National Review / Tom Nugent

The Global Saving Glut and the U.S. Current Account Deficit Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

FDIC Reports on How Banking Institutions are Managing the Challenges from Rising Interest Rates FDIC

FDIC Outlook Spring 2005 pdf FDIC

Current acct gap not made in U.S.:Fed's Bernanke Reuters / Andrea Hopkins

Has the Junk Default Rate Bottomed Out? / Stephen Taub

Stumped / Igor Greenwald

U.S. House passes $284B federal transportation bill St. Louis Business Journal

Average price paid per tooth by the Tooth Fairy Minneapolis Star Tribune

FL: Gas prices won't deter our driving Fort Myers News Press / Dick Hogan

NC: State's jobless rate falls to 5 percent Raleigh News and Observer / Amy Martinez

Korea: BOK Expects Growth Above 4% Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Senate clears tougher bankruptcy rules Reuters via CNN

Greenspan reviews threats to growth CBS Marketwatch / Gregory Robb

Greenspan: Budget deficits a bigger risk Reuters via CNN

U.S. debt rises at fastest pace in 16 years CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Manufacturing capacity key factor in trade deficit Chicago Sun Times / David Hale

Russian corruption troubles foreign investors AP via MSNBC

Annual ad spending exceeds $141 billion San Francisco Chronicle / George Raine

Trade Secrets NY Post / Richard Wilner

30-year mortgage rates hit seven-month high AP via MSNBC

MD: Home sales in city market stay 'red hot' in Feb. Baltimore Sun / Jamie Smith Hopkins

MA: Slightly less important Boston Globe / Steven Syre

FL: More bad news for orange crop Orlando Sentinel / Jerry Jackson

Florida jobs looking up Orlando Sentinel

NYC Jobless Rate at 3/12 Year Low NY Post

Up, up and ... hold it! CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Lessons for Fund Investors from Buffett's Annual Letter Morningstar / Kunal Kapoor

Globalization Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Markets rocked by Koizumi comments FT / David Pilling and Song Jung-a

Fund warns junk returns becoming limited FT / Ivar Simensen

Bond Strategists: U.S. Yield May Reach 4.9%, Commerzbank Says Bloomberg / Richard Blackden

Traders' sense of gloom overcomes benign conditions Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

The California effect CNN / Sarah Max

GOP Pushes to Drill for Oil in Alaska Refuge Newsmax

Rising Oil, Falling Dollar Again in Age-Old Dance Reuters / Jamie McGeever

Oil, interest rates a 1-2 punch? CNN / Chris Isidore

Monthly Wholesale Trade pdf U.S. Census Bureau

Intel Says Business Better Than Expected Reuters / Daniel Sorid

UK-EU: The wedding's off The Economist

Change is in the air The Economist

Delta Warns on Bankruptcy Protection AP via Forbes

Germany: Mind the gap The Economist

China: Building the country The Economist

Brazil The Economist

Egypt: The new Pharaohs The Economist

The Amazing Efficiency Of America's Youth Forbes / Dan Ackman

US Treasuries struggle higher, Japan scare a drag Reuters / Wayne Cole

Rising sun, falling dollar CNN / Kathleen Hays

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report U.S. Dept of Labor

UK: Bank leaves interest rates unchanged Guardian / Mark Tran

EchoStar Accounting Raises Flags in Probe, People Say Bloomberg / Otis Bilodeau and Chitra Somayaji

Investors at risk in love triangle Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Jobless Claims at Highest Level in 2 Months AP via Newsday / Martin Crutsinger

Crude oil prices lower on profit-taking AP via MSNBC

NY: Brooklyn looks to grow Newsday / Randi F. Marshall

4 Foreign Banks Settle WorldCom Bond Case NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

U.S. Notes Fall; Koizumi Says Japan Should Study Reserve Shift Bloomberg / Shamim Adam

US Treasuries drop in Asia, Koizumi, auction weigh Reuters

California wants new houses, bubble or not Christian Science Monitor / Mark Sappenfield

Why the new jobs go to immigrants Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

The U.S. Economy is as Vulnerable as Ever to an Oil-Shock Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

BondWorks Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Levente Mady

UK: Increase in factory output sparks call for interest rate rise Independent / Phillip Thornton

UK: Rate rise on horizon - but not this time Evening News via This Is London

UK: Factory pick-up unlikely to affect rates Scotsman / Nick Bevens

Dollar Declines After Koizumi Says Japan May Diversify Reserves Bloomberg / Beth Thomas and Dan Moss

New Zealand Raises Key Interest Rate to Record 6.75% Bloomberg / Tracy Withers

UK: Interest rates were last this low 300 years ago Telegraph / George Trefgarne

German jobless summit IHT / Carter Dougherty

UK: Crude oil sets new high in London BBC News

China's Export Growth Picks Up, Causing Trade Surplus Bloomberg / Rob Delaney

Taiwan dollar strengthens to highest close since 2000 Bloomberg via Taiwan Times

Ruble Rises to 5-Year Dollar High Reuters via Moscow Times

U.S. Treasury Yields at Seven-Month High on Inflation Concern Bloomberg / Shamim Adam


Gains in U.S. Productivity: Stopgap Measures or Lasting Change? Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Canada: Annual Report 2004 Bank of Canada

Is Bush Now a Budget Cutter? Ludwig von Mises Institute / Grant Nülle

For Greenspan, permission to speak freely MSNBC / Martin Wolk

Million-dollar homes in ‘undervalued’ cities CNBC - MSNBC

ABN Amro Recommends Buying Brazilian Real Against U.S. Dollar Bloomberg / Jake Lee

Best part of waking up costs more; Folgers raises prices Reuters via USA Today

The man who Democrats hope can take that Hill Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

Economic Trends March 2005 Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Hedge Funds Strike Again Bondweek / Scott Goodwin

Barclays' Kibblewhite May Leave Bondweek

Strength should show in flood of data CBS Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Time for OPEC to plump up its cushion The Economist

The Nimble Shall Inherit the Earth Business Week via MSNBC / Steve Mckee

Chicken with a side order of values Denver Post / Al Lewis

China pledges to curb clothing exports to US FT / Richard McGregor and Edward Alden

Senate's bankruptcy reform can dig deeper financial holes Washington Times / Tom Ramstack

New bankruptcy law narrows the path for those seeking debt relief AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Marcy Gordon

30-year mortgages look to scale 6% CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

MD: Land rush continued in Feb. for homes in Baltimore region Baltimore Sun / Jamie Smith Hopkins

Fed finds U.S. households are getting richer Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Kmart at $160 a share? UBS thinks so CBS Marketwatch / Jennifer Waters

KPMG Audit Prompts EchoStar Probe / Stephen Taub

Keeping a lid on it CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Wall Street CEOs go for the green CBS Marketwatch / David Weidner

US Treasuries fall, trade data stirs inflation pot Reuters

U.S. Treasury Notes Fall After January Trade Deficit Widens Bloomberg / John Beresford-Peirse and Mark Tannenbaum

Emerging debt-Spreads narrow on Treasury yields rally Reuters / Manuela Badaway

Deficit figures cap dollar’s week of woe FT / Jennifer Hughes

Consumer Confidence Jumps on Hiring Surge AP via Newsday / Martin Crutsinger

U.S. mortgage rates rose Friday – BestInfo Reuters

Gold hits fresh 2005 high Reuters via CNN

Oil Prices Soar Above $54 a Barrel Mark AP via Forbes

Oil Crises Now And Then Forbes / Dan Ackman

Bush Urges End to Partisan Divide on Social Security Bloomberg / Roger Runningen and Brendan Murray

Greenspan warns smaller banks' weakness UPI via Washington Times

Greenspan: All is well ... maybe CNN / Kathleen Hays

Bank regulation Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

Greenspan: Regulators weigh costs of new bank rules AP via Houston Chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

U.S. Fed policymakers' recent comments Reuters

Regional Differences in the Impact of Energy Price Increases Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Katharine Bradbury

Mimicking Portfolios, Economic Risk Premia, and Tests of Multi-beta Models Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Pierluigi Balduzzi and Cesare Robotti

EU economy 20 years behind the U.S. UPI via Washington Times / Donna Borak

Long-Term Jobless Find a Degree Just Isn't Working LA Times / Nicholas Riccardi

Birthday, Shiller and bad bubbles Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Crude Future Prices Fall Below $53 Mark AP via Newsday / Wee Sui Lee

Asian Central Banks Play Chicken With the Dollar Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Treasurys fall, lifting key yield back to 4.5% CBS Marketwatch / Rachel Koning

U.S. Treasury Notes Fall After January Trade Deficit Widens Bloomberg / John Beresford-Peirse and Mark Tannenbaum

Lapsed Lawyers Find a Good Fit With Finance Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

U.S. Jan. Trade Gap May Have Widened to $56.8 Bln, Survey Finds Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Bracing for a Bankruptcy Rush NY Times / Riva D. Atlas and Eric Dash

An Old Stock Market Story of Greed and Punishment Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Telecom Italia's 50-Year Bond Shames Governments Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Farmers urge Singaporeans to return to the `country' AFP via Taipei Times

China's Inflation Accelerated to 3.9 Percent in Feb Bloomberg / Rob Delaney

Dollar Poised for Weekly Drop as U.S. Deficit Probably Widened Bloomberg / Taizo Hirose

Fixed-Income Watch - Now Is the Time to Sell Forbes / Richard Lehmann

Why reform is tough Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

Watching the bubbles bounce NY Times via IHT / Floyd Norris

G7 Likely to Turn Down Russia Bloomberg via Moscow Times / Simon Kennedy and Kevin Carmichael

UK: Rates unchanged but City speculates on rises to come Scotsman / David Black

UK: Interest rate freeze sparks City talk of pre-election increase Independent / Philip Thornton

UK: Productivity gain makes case for lower rates Independent / Jeremy Warner

UK: Interest rates kept on hold This Is Money – This Is London / Michael Clarke

Canada: Marijuana industry booming in Canada Christian Science Monitor / Susan Bourette

Households' saving rates The Economist

Tung Is Gone, Hong Kong's Challenges Remain Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr. 


Remarks Before ICBA National Convention San Antonio, Texas FDIC / Donald E. Powell

Social Security and the Fleecing of America Newsmax / Christopher G. Adamo

TX: Bordering on a boom Dallas Morning News / Katherine Yung

Is Ben Bernanke The "Reincarnation" Of Manley Johnson? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Kudlow on the Trade Deficit Euro Pacific Capital via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Latest session largely for show Houston Chronicle / Lynn J. Cook

WI: Economic benchmarks help measure progress Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / John Toinus

All about oil and inflation CNN / Alexandra Twin

FDR Stars in Bush Pitch to Alter His Safety Net LA Times / Peter Wallsten

U.S. 10-Year Treasury Notes Have Biggest Weekly Drop Since May Bloomberg / John Beresford-Peirse and Mark Tannenbaum

NC: State Cigarette Taxes, Per Pack Charlotte Observer

CO: Mile-high gas prices set record as surge continues Denver Post / Steve Raabe

Oil buyers focus on the long term Houston Chronicle / Tom Fowler

Official: OPEC has reached output limit AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

Mortgage insurers quietly reining in speculation Washington Post via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mexico's Slim Among World's 5 Richest Men AP via Chicago Tribune / Mark Stevenson

Dollar's Fall Silences Africa's Garment Factories NY Times / Michael Wines

Sears tags along as Kmart soars Chicago Tribune

Will you live to see Nasdaq at 5,000 again? CBS Marketwatch

Qwest's fourth offer for MCI Rocky Mountain News / Roger Fillion

Fannie Mae Restructures Pay System Washington Post / Terence O'Hara

AT&T execs would receive $31M in SBC sale AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bruce Meyerson

Major investor urges breakup of OfficeMax Chicago Sun Times

CO: Private mortgage insurers may be investigated Rocky Mountain News / John Rebchook

Putting Europe into the EU budget Taipei Times / Daniel Gros and Stefano Micossi

China cut US dollar reserves last year AP via Taipei Times



Greenspan should have removed the punch bowl Telegraph via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Richard Siklos

Going for broke: Credit card companies big winners in bankruptcy reform Boston Herald / Brett Arends

What's a gift, what's a bribe? Mercury News via / Karl Schoenberger

CalPERS rethinks China, Russia markets Sacramento Bee / Gilbert Chan

Union body wasting away Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Jobs are returning, but now we face a wageless recovery Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Growing fears credit boom may implode FT / Dan Roberts, David Wighton and Peter Thal Larsen

A new boss at the Federal Reserve might look for a way to pop stock market bubbles Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Reports impacting greenback will likely command attention Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Bankruptcy bill could benefit unscrupulous advisory firms Baltimore Sun / Eileen Ambrose

Concern Over Inflation Could Intensify AP via Baltimore Sun / Michael J. Martinez

Lenders worry about speculators defaulting Baltimore Sun / Ken Harney

Beleaguered Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae offer opportunities Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Kathleen Gallagher

Deciphering a Chinese puzzle Dallas Morning News / Jim Landers

US bank accuses Brown over spending spree Scotsman / Allister Heath

Vanguard ETFs go global CBS Marketwatch via 1st Headlines / John Spence

U.S. owes world for cheap loans Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Bush's Overhaul Riles a Roosevelt LA Times / Peter G. Gosselin

Money Supply and the Dollar Main Line Investors via Safehaven / Robert D. McHugh, Jr.

Skies to brighten for solar? LA Times / Barbara E. Hernandez

Brokerage earnings under microscope this week AP via MSNBC

Don't believe the tale of Buffett and the dollar bears Independent / Mark Tinker

UK: The deficit can be finessed for now, but this will be the last of the fiscal-friendly Budgets Independent / David Hillier

UK: Brown rides to the rescue again Guardian / William Keegan

It could be time to buy GM, Ford Mercury News

CT: Tables Turning On Landlords Hartford Courant / Robin Stansbury

Softer Words for Harder Times? NY Times / Jonathan Fuerbringer

Not everyone ready to dump GM on junk pile Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Telecom Italia Leads Week's European Debt Sales With 2055 Bond Bloomberg / Jon Laycock

Oil nations 'can exceed' quotas BBC News

The Poor Man's 'Hedge' Funds CBS Marketwatch via Wall Street Journal / Paul B. Farrell

Mad. Ave’s New Product Plug: Video Games NY Post / Art Janik

Who's Boeing's next chief executive? St. Louis Post Dispatch / Tim McLaughlin

Dow's march upward is a low-key trip Boston Globe / Andrew Caffrey

Traders see positives in NYSE changes AP via Journal News / Michael J. Martinez

How to Beat a Bust Washington Post / Albert B. Crenshaw

Retail Sales, Factory Production Rise: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Economy's '01 salvation: Small firms USA Today via Arizona Republic / Jim Hopklins

It's spring break, not spring broke Washington Post via Boston Globe / Michelle Singletary

Manufacturers' concerns about Chinese currency AP via Miami Herald

MO: St. Louis industry crumbles further with latest plant closings St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

CA: Bay Area's economy bruised but still strong San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

CA: Bankrolling a recovery Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Fees from overseas revisited San Francisco Chronicle / David Lazarus

U.S., Canada having domestic spat Knight Ridder via St. Paul Pioneer Press and Google News / Matt Stearns

Spain 'cracks $300m money racket' BBC News

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Invest? NY Times / Paul J. Lim

High oil prices here to stay Evening Standard via This is London / Steve Hawkes

Sorry, I'm Keeping the Bonus Anyway NY Times / Jonathan D. Glater

Young, ailing and uninsured Minneapolis Star Tribune / Thomas Lee

The bubble economy Minneapolis Star Tribune / Neal St. Anthony

WorldCom Teaches a Pricey Lesson NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

The Last Days of Enron NY Times / Kurt Eichenwald

Taiwan: Continued inflow of 'hot money' to send currency higher Taiwan News / Shih Hsiu-chuan

Savings: Lots of Talk, but Few Dollars NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews 


The BMA and ASF Applaud the Responsible Lending Act, Legislation that Preserves the Benefits of Subprime Lending Bond Market Association

The Fed sees bubbles -- and keeps them secret MSN via Google News / Bill Fleckenstein

Local congressmen reap credit card debt Newsday / J. Jioni Palmer

IMF to discuss final Brazil loan review March 21 Reuters

Emerging debt-Selling galore as US yields soar Reuters / Greg Brosnan

U.S. mortgage rates unchanged Monday – BestInfo Reuters

National debt not a credit Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

UK: All Budget bets are off if UK growth falters Independent / Stephen King

Look Both Ways: Trade Gets Revved Up / Ed Zwirn

Trade issues addressed Dallas Morning News / Katherine Yung

Key yield shy of nearly 8-month high Reuters / Rachel Koning

Deal reached on Medicaid South Mississippi Sun Herald via / Geoff Pender

The Iger Sanction Slate / Daniel Gross

Ford: CEO Turns Down Salary Again, Gets $18 Million Stock Package Forbes / Greg Levine

He's just one man CBS Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Wall Street analyst goes to Monster CBS Marketwatch / Bambi Francisco

IBM buying Ascential Software for $1.1B AP via Raleigh News and Observer

Greenberg to resign as AIG CEO AP via Rocky Mountain News / Eileen Alt Powell

Buffett promotes long-term investment AP via Washington Times / Meg Richards

Hedge funds swell revenue at investment banks Bloomberg via IHT

Will gold sector miss the party? CBS Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Sour crude oil sweetens profits for refineries AP via Washington Times / Brad Foss

Will boomers cash in? Christian Science Monitor / Gregory M. Lamb

As corporate taxes shrink, who pays? Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Why commodities make sense now Christian Science Monitor / Thomas Watterson

Saudi Talk of Higher Output Fails to Calm Washington Post / George Jahn

California consumers lose their edge in confidence Orange County Register

Brazil Real Falls 5th Day in 6 on Bank Dollar Purchase Outlook Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

Free-spending young adults buried under mountains of debt South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jamie Malernee

Thoughts On The Economy and The Banking Center pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet L. Yellen

They call them flippers Money Magazine via CNN / Jon Birger

Oil Rises to $54.95 on Speculation Demand Will Outstrip Supply Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Time for OPEC to plump up its cushion The Economist

A bottom-up approach to layoffs CNN

New Big Cheese NY Post / Paul Tharp

It Was Eisner's Show to the End LA Times / James Bates

Too Little Too Late NY Post / Christopher Byron

NC: What ever happened to the 3-martini lunch? Charlotte Observer / Mike Drummond

NV: McCarran sixth in U.S. in domestic passenger count Las Vegas Sun / Richard N. Velotta

FDIC Spring 2003 Outlook pdf FDIC

Bank Secrecy Act and Capital Compliance Issues Federal Reserve Board / Susan Schmidt Bies

Chicago Fed Letter Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Freddie Mac: A Mercantilist Enterprise Ludwig von Mises Institute / Paul A. Cleveland and Michael D. Tucker

Brazil: Millions of Underground Jobs Curb Brazil's Growth Reuters / Andrei Khalip

Wishy-washy Wall Street CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Brazilian Bonds Drop to 7-Week Low on Concern Over U.S. Rates Bloomberg / Jeb Blount

US Treasury yields test highs on inflation unease Reuters

US Tsy official: No plans to bring back 30-yr bond Reuters

US Treasuries steady as high yields draw demand Reuters

Can Papers End the Free Ride Online? NY Times / Katharine Q. Seelye

CA: When One Is Too Much, Build Two AP via LA Times

Mining the 3rd Dimension for Bigger Profits NY Times / Ian Austen

U.K. Raw Materials Costs Show Biggest Gain Since 1995 Bloomberg / Gonzalo Vina

Bank of England May Cut Rates on Property Slide, Lehman Says Bloomberg / Sam Fleming

Oil prices decline ahead of OPEC meeting New Ratings via Google News

Online banking: Many happy returns Chicago Sun Times / Mary Wisniewski

HSBC's Investment-Bank Hiring Spree Is a Gamble Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Iger's to-do list: 1. Pixar CNN / Krysten Crawford

Cell phone use booms, despite uneven service USA Today / Edward C. Baig

Another Euro-US divide: cellphones Reuters via CNN

China May Surprise on Yuan Reform Reuters via LA Times

Saudi Arabia Urges OPEC to Increase Production Bloomberg / Stephen Voss

UK manufacturers hit by climbing input price inflation FT / Friederike Tiesenhausen Cave

China's GDP Figures in Doubt LA Times / Don Lee

Bottom Dollar Newsweek via MSNBC / Robert J. Samuelson

The Buck Stops Here Newsweek via MSNBC / Allan Sloan

Forbes Billionaires Underscore Asia's Wealth Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Opec to continue pumping above quota FT via Google News / Kevin Morrison and Javier Blas

U.K.'s Brown May Cut Taxes, Boost Research Spending in Budget Bloomberg / Gonzalo Vina

Gold May Gain as Dollar's Allure Erodes in Asia, Survey Says Bloomberg / Choy Leng Yeong

UK: Brown must fix the machine Guardian / Larry Elliott

Japan Says Economy Grew at 0.5% Annual Pace in Fourth Quarter Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

Japan's Bonds May Fall for 2nd Day on Revised Economic Growth Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

U.S. 10-Year Treasuries May Fall After Biggest Drop Since May Bloomberg / Michael McDonald and Mark Tannenbaum

Dollar May Drop on Speculation Current Account Gap Will Widen Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold


Ackerman: My credit card debt not a problem Newsday / J. Jioni Palmer

Major Foreign Holders of US Debt Us Treasury

"Of Course, There's No Bubble" Business Week via MSNBC

Studying debt, with interest ... Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Lehman's Profit Rises to Record on Trading, Banking Bloomberg / Adrian Cox

MSRB: Ban Consultants For Dealers Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Tribal Deals Examined Bond Buyer / Emily Newman

UK: The perils of a private pension system Dallas Morning News / Tod Robberson

Deficits Make You Poorer Lew Rockwell / Rep. Ron Paul

Tax-Cut Vote Likely National Review / David Malpass

Skepticism of Bush's Social Security Plan Is Growing Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

CA: Economy faces home slip Oakland Tribune / Nicholas Yulico

IN: State job growth eases in February Indianapolis Star / Norm Jenkins

The sky may be falling in land of autos Detroit Free Press / Tom Walsh

Toys 'R' Us doesn't put date on earnings release CBS Marketwatch / Jennifer Waters

If eBay CEO left, who'd replace her? Mercury News via / Michael Bazeley

Ebbers Jurors Truly His Peers NY Post / John Crudele

US budget on 'unsustainable' path: Greenspan AFP via Turkish Press

Greenspan spells out cost of Social Security reform FT / Andrew Balls

Day trading? It's still around Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

Disney keeps rising after CEO named CBS Marketwatch / Russ Britt

Canada: Mutual fund sales skyrocket in February Ottawa Business Journal

Germany: Investors in hedge fund blow-up join forces Investment and Pensions Europe

Las Vegas top in employment standings American Business Journals via St. Louis Business Journal / G. Scott Thomas

KS: Early Easter a retail risk Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Bankruptcy reforms bring tougher consequences Morning Call / Lorene Yue

Principal: American understand Social Security's new role Des Moines Register

Senators question phone mergers AP via Beaufort Gazette / Genaro C. Armas

The Oil Problem Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

Natural Resources Are Red Hot / James B. Stewart

Opec on verge of lifting production quotas FT / Kevin Morrison, Javier Blas and Stephanie Kirchgaessner

How China is helping commodity prices to defy gravity Independent / Saeed Shah

Barrels of Oil, Miles of Mud Daily Reckoning / Bill Bonner

The Ides Of March... Daily Pfennig via Daily Reckoning / Chuck Butler

Dollar firms on strong appetite for US assets FT / Steve Johnson

West coast tops for coffee shops CBS Marketwatch / Kristen Gerencher

Sleepless in Houston CNN / Krysten Crawford

Imagine -- no IRS CNN / Krysten Crawford

Economy back, but jobs lag Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

CA: State's upturn is seen losing speed Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

Real Estate: Avoid the Burn Business Week via MSNBC / Amey Stone

Small Hedge Investors Squeezed Wall Street Journal via Hartford Courant / Carrick Mollenkamp and David Reilly

Korea: Won Outpaces Other Currencies Korea Times / Kim Yon-se

Starkers The Economist

Brazil Bonds Drop on Yield Gap Concern: World's Biggest Mover Bloomberg / Elzio Barreto

Treasuries drop, technical tug-of-war favors bears Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Oil could gush to $100 NY Daily News / Tom van Riper

Oil ends above $55 in volatile session CBS Marketwatch / Lisa Sanders

Tuesday's Commodities Roundup AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

Greenspan: Accounts are the 'lockbox' CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Greenspan, Clinton Clash on Forecasts AP via Newsday / Jeannine Aversa

Qwest Former Chief Nacchio Accused of Fraud by SEC Bloomberg / Dana Cimilluca

Hey Mike. Can you hear me now? CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Bernie Ebbers Guilty Forbes / Dan Ackman

OfficeMax posts dismal quarter Chicago Tribune / Becky Yerak

Fund Managers Prefer Equities Over Bonds Forbes / Scott Reeves

A brighter view of the 'age wave' Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Mexico Mulls Silver Lining Against Currency Crash Reuters / Pav Jordan

CA: Mind-set matters for O.C. homes Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

AZ: Home costs reach record Arizona Republic / Yvette Armendariz

Job outlook? Cautiously optimistic CBS Marketwatch / Andrea Coombes

Foreigners Buy U.S. Assets at Fastest Pace Since 2003 Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy

More investors bet Treasuries to head lower-survey Reuters

Greenspan again warns on deficits Reuters via CNN

Future of the Social Security program and economics of retirement Federal Reserve Board / Alan Greenspan

RBS, First to Forecast 2.25% Fed Rate, Now Sees 4.25% Bloomberg / Vivianne C. Rodrigues

Empire State Manufacturing pdf Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services U.S. Census Bureau

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales U.S. Census Bureau

CA: Real Estate Reliance May Hurt California LA Times / Nicholas Riccardi and Annette Haddad

NY: Wall Street to the Rescue NY Post / Paul Tharp

WI: 'Help wanted' signs pop up Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Joel Dresang

Wachovia chief's pay up 37% Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

The Method of An Austrian Hedge Fund Ludwig von Mises Institute / Toby Baxendale

Family Tradition NY Post / Richard Wilner

Greenspan Shields Fed's Political Independence Bloomberg / John M. Berry

U.S. February Retail Sales Probably Rose 0.6%, Survey Says Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Bush's Social Security Reform Meets Brick Wall Bloomberg / Andrew Ferguson

With Rare Unity, OPEC Ministers Gather in Iran NY Times / Jad Mouawad

Taiwan: Bank mulls steps to curb speculation Taiwan News / Shih Hsiu-chuan

China's Industrial Production Gain Exceeds Forecasts Bloomberg / Nerys Avery

UK: Lehman puts housing crash risk at one-in-four Independent / Philip Thornton

UK: House prices set 'for 7% fall' Evening Standard via This is London / Jane Padgham

UK: Finance directors calculate odds on further changes Scotsman / Martin Flanagan

ECB net loss rises sharply in 2004 China View via Google News

N.Y. Times Considers Charging for Web Newsmax / Jon E. Dougherty

Philip Morris makes $5.2 billion bid in Asia IHT / Donald Greenlees

Needed in class: a few good men Christian Science Monitor / Jodi Helmer

Russia: Putin Defends Small Business Moscow Times / Guy Faulconbridge

An `Unexpected' Change in Yuan Isn't Imminent Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee