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America for Sale / Tim Reason

Bondholder Backlash / Ronald Fink

Comment Letter on S&P DDP Criteria Revision pdf Bond Market Association

One Good(K)Night does not a Sweet Prince Make FallStreet via Safehaven / Brady Willett and Todd always

Greenspan Leaves & Takes Away "Measured" Forex News via Safehaven / Ashraf Laidi

Greenspan Still The Chair-Man NY Post / Paul Tharp

Busting the State Tax-Revenue Boom National Review / Chris Edwards

Government fears Blackberry shutdown CNN / Grace Wong

Union address that ran on empty FT / Jacob Weisberg

MO: A professor of economics gets high marks in annual challenge St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Canada: Global Economic Trends: Implications for Canada Bank of Canada / Paul Jenkins

EU: Eurozone unemployment edges up to 8.4 pct in December AFP via EU Business

China 'will continue to see huge growth' Scotsman / Hamish Rutherford

U.S.'s Snow says committed to keep taxes low Reuters

The Spend of Our Union Is Strong Tech Central Station / Veronique de Rugy

We Have It Coming Tech Central Station / Dr. Henry I. Miller

Treasuries fall on fears of supply, more Fed hikes Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Presumed Ignorant Slate / Daniel Gross

Companies raise dividends with confidence Cox News via Tacoma News Tribune / Robert Luke

Just a Matter of Time / Monica Rivituso

Wednesday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Weekly Home Mortgage Rates AP via NJ Post

Commercial real estate loans scrutinized AP via Beaufort Gazette / Aleksandrs Rozens

AZ: Real estate bubble safe here, land experts say Tucson Citizen / David Pittman

Wednesday's Money Rates AP via NJ Post

Greenspan ends 18-year Fed rule Cox News via Myrtle Beach Sun / Marilyn Geewax

All Together Now / Laura DeMars

House passes, sends Bush $39B spending cuts Reuters via CNN

Treasuries Fall as Report Shows Gains in Manufacturing, Prices Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold and Al Yoon

Treasuries slide as supply bulge looms FT / Jennifer Hughes and David Turner

Starbucks profit up 20% in first quarter Marketwatch / Russ Britt

Dow Average Leads U.S. Gain as Boeing's Forecast Trumps Google Bloomberg / Dune Lawrence

Opec issues warning on Bush oil pledge FT / Carola Hoyos and Christopher Swann

Oil taps two-week high then drops 2% Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Oil prices drop by more than $1 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle

Any move Bernanke makes will garner interest Detroit Free Press / Susan Tompor

Greenspan's early days vs. the final days Detroit Free Press

Bernanke era begins at the Fed Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Profiting from the uncertainty discount Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

How Bernanke Could Outshine Greenspan NY Times / David Leonhardt

Banking vs. the S&P Analysis AND an update on the VIX / Marty Chenard

Challenges Facing the New York Metropolitan Area Economy Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ben S. Bernanke sworn in as fourteenth Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Federal Reserve Board

Greenspan signs up to UK Treasury BBC News

Short-term loans soon to cost more Cincinnati Enquirer / Alexander Coolidge and Jeff McKinney

Reading Google's Tea Leaves Forbes / Chris Kraeuter

Ford, DaimlerChrysler U.S. Sales Rise; Nissan Falls Bloomberg / Bill Koenig

Time Warner 4th-Quarter Profit Rises 21%; Sales Gain Bloomberg / Cecile Daurat

Big Changes For Pensions Ahead Forbes / Janet Novack

It's banner year for CalSTRS Sacramento Bee / Gilbert Chan

Vanguard announces new mutual fund Philadelphia Inquirer

NY: LI's population sets a record Newsday / Bill Bleyer

Limited Vision Forbes / Jessica Holzer

Brazil's Azevedo Expects Dollar Trading to Double Bloomberg / Elzio Barreto

Wednesday World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Wednesday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Oil prices dip as oil, gas inventories rise AP via NJ Post

30-year Treasury bonds return Feb. 9 AP via Seattle Times / Martin Crutsinger

Boeing 4th-Qtr Earnings Rise on Rising Deliveries Bloomberg / James Gunsalus

Hilton Profit Climbs 62% LA Times / Juliet Chung

Major Market Indexes Slip After Fed Decision LA Times / Tom Petruno

Author sees need for stock trading reform Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Official rate falls short as measure of true savings Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Job losses mar manufacturing gains Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

U.S. Economy: Manufacturing Expanding, Prices Rising Bloomberg / Joe Richter

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

Eurozone fails to match Germany’s industrial revival FT / Ralph Atkins

Dollar gains as market eyes March rate rise FT / Steve Johnson

Greenspan Goes Out With Final Jab at Inflation Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Adieu Alan, Bonjour Ben, Welcome Transparency Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

IRS `Concerned' About Bear Stearns, CDR Relationship Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Meet Your New Bankers / Don Durfee

Bernanke Inherits Fed Poised to Keep Raising Interest Rates Bloomberg / Craig Torres

European Central Bank May Raise Rates AP via NY Post / Matt Moore

Banking on Bernanke Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

Greenspan steps down as Fed chief with his reputation at its zenith Independent / Rupert Cornwell

Exit Greenspan, Amid Questions on Economy NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

$20bn wiped off Google value despite profits boost Guardian / David Teather

S. Korea's Exports Gained at Slowest Pace in 3 Years Bloomberg / Seyoon Kim

Australia: Warning on 'fully valued' equities Australian / Kevin Andrusiak


The risk of doing business BBC News / Jeremy Scott-Joynt

MetLife, Prudential expected to feel yield-curve pressure Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

SC: Walgreens stores on way to coastal Carolinas Myrtle Beach Sun / Kathleen Vereen Dayton

Strong job growth expected Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

America will fall harder if oil prices rise $ FT / Martin Feldstein

Negative Q4 Real GDP, Really Free Market News via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Jim Willie CB

Data show 'squeeze' on U.S. profits Charlotte Observer / Kerry Hall

U.S. Treasury balances at Fed fell Feb. 1 Reuters

J.P. Morgan Trips G-37 Ban in N.Y. Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Boehner's election seen as boosting pension reform Reuters / Susan Cornwell

Bush to seek $439.3 billion U.S. defense budget Reuters / Charles Aldinger

Putting out The Ritz: When hotels go condo CNN / Les Christie

Mortgage rates still rising Washington Business Journal / Jeff Clabaugh

Money funds fall in latest week AP via Tacoma News Tribune

The Continuous Challenges of Risk Management Federal Reserve Board / Susan Schmidt Bies

Bernanke urged to nix Wal-Mart application AP via NJ Post

U.S., South Korea begin free trade talks AP via Modesto Bee / Martin Crutsinger

STOP - Telegram era over, Western Union says AP via MSNBC

United's New Stock Drops in Nasdaq Debut AP via Minneapolis star Tribune / Dave Carpenter

CVS 4th-quarter profit soars to $402.8M AP via NJ Post / Michelle R. Smith

Starbucks stock soars after 20 percent profit jump AP via Seattle Times / Elizabeth M. Gillespie

Addicted to What? Tech Central Station / James K. Glassman

Bush to request another $120 billion for wars Knight Ridder / Ron Hutcheson

Experts agree U.S. is addicted to oil, but differ on how to cure it Knight Ridder / Kevin G. Hall

NY: Housing prices rise in Westchester, Putnam Westchester Journal News / Jerry Gleason

New York Foreign Exchange AP via NJ Post

U.S. Stocks Fall on Earnings, Terrorism Concerns; Tyco Declines Bloomberg / Dune Lawrence's 4th-Qtr Net Income Falls 43% on Spending Bloomberg / Mary Jane Credeur and Andria Cheng

Treasuries rangebound ahead of jobs data FT / Jennifer Hughes, Joanna Chung and David Turner

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

Are bigger paychecks around the corner? CNN / Chris Isidore

Oil plunges over $2, towards $64 a barrel Reuters via CNN

A self-defeating panic over pensions $ FT / Martin Wolf

Economists price the ravages of climate change $ FT / Scheherazade Daneshkhu and Fiona Harvey

Fed Attempts To Tame U.S. Market Volatility Forbes / Oxford Analytica

Robert Rubin’s Platitudinous Prescriptions National Review / John Tamny

Mortgage rates leap higher CNN

Unhappy hunting grounds The Economist

Betting On Bond Contrarians Forbes / Betting On Bond Contrarians / Bernard Condon

Minnesota Gov. Eyes $2.5B Plan Bond Buyer / Yvette Shields

Metals shine as gold and platinum hit new highs FT / Kevin Morrison

Thursday's Metal Prices AP via NJ Post

Energy giants’ mega-profits $ The Economist

Is Bush's oil plan valid? Mercury News / Matthew Bunk

Running on empty The Economist

Japan: Saving it from the shadows The Economist

The land of leisure The Economist

FDIC Banking Review FDIC

NASD Steps Up Hedge Fund Probe, Seeks Customer Data Bloomberg / Otis Bilodeau

A Brighter Day for Asia's Banks? Business Week and Standard & Poor’s

Housing's slide will have ripple effect Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

CA: Home outlook iffy for buyers, sellers Sacramento Bee / Andrew LePage

Thursday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

U.S. Retailers' Sales Rise on Gift Cards, Confidence Bloomberg / Cotten Timberlake

U.S. productivity, jobless claims drop unexpectedly Reuters / Andrea Hopkins

US productivity dips 0.6 per cent  FT / Christopher Swann

PA: More visitors checked into Pittsburgh area hotels in 2005 Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Rick Stouffer

IL: Study finds state leads region in poverty, lags on job growth Chicago Tribune / Mary Ann Fergus

Sara Lee 2Q profit rises on gain from sale AP via NJ Post

Tyco net profit falls, outlook soft; stock lower Reuters

Soaring oil price sees Shell hit record profits $ FT / Tom Griggs and Rebecca Bream

Janus fund manager exits as shake-up continues Denver Post / Will Shanley

Investment banking drives profits at Deutsche $ FT / Patrick Jenkins

IMF Faces Deficit, Doubts on Role as Brazil, Argentina Pay Debt Bloomberg / William McQuillen

Eurozone interest rates held at 2.25% FT / Steve Johnson

IRS Computers Can't Handle Gates' Taxes Forbes / Parmy Olson

Green Card Blues Tech Central Daily / Ilya Shapiro

Crunched By The Number Business Week via MSNBC / Lee Eisenberg

Much Talk, Mostly Low Key, About Energy Independence NY Times / Simon Romero

Bush's plan to wean US off imported oil: ambitious enough? Christian Science Monitor / Mark Clayton

Treasuries May Fall on Concern Jobs, Services to Show Growth Bloomberg / Shamim Adam

Amazon's profit picture still a worry Marketwatch / Bambi Francisco

Time Warner Posts Gains; Buyback Plan Will Expand NY Times / Richard Siklos

Dollar Gains to Seven-Week High Against Yen Before Jobs Report Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Kosuke Goto

JPMorgan's Dimon, Yelling Less, Vows to Boost Profit 10 Percent Bloomberg / Justin Baer

If the eurozone grows more quickly than the UK, it is good news for all Independent / Hamish McRae

UK: Lloyds TSB soars amid takeover speculation Guardian / Jill Treanor

Greenspan to advise Brown in honorary Treasury role Guardian / Larry Elliott

Curveball Pimco / Bill Gross

Steve Rodosky Discusses the Return of 30-Year Treasury Bonds Pimco / Steve Rodosky

EU: A Curve Too Flat? Pimco Bonds / Emanuele Ravano


Hot home markets to cool will your home fare? CNN / Les Christie

President Bush expected to participate in ceremonial swearing-in of Ben S. Bernanke Federal Reserve Board

NY: State banking chief makes it official - no fed job for her Newsday / Susan Harrigan

Oil Prices Climb on Iran-Related Fears AP via Allentown Morning Call / Madlen Read

Mortgage rate rises to 6.23% AP via Baltimore Sun

Venezuela Long-Term Debt Rating Raised by S&P to BB- Bloomberg / Alex Kennedy

U.S. Stocks Fall on Fed Concern; Indexes Have Weekly Decline Bloomberg / Dune Lawrence

When Rebalancing Comes Marching In National Review / Tom Nugent

Enron story gets rewrite in court Denver Post / Al Lewis

Pentagon sees China as greatest potential rival FT / Peter Spiegel and Demetri Sevastopulo

The Silence of the Good News National Review / Larry Kudlow

KS: In debt, even with insurance Wichita Eagle / Karen Shidler

Meyer raises $6B for new fund Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

Vanguard shuts two popular funds to new investors Marketwatch / Jonathan Burton

Good as Gold / Donald Luskin

Oilcoholics Anonymous Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Massive oil profits may not last Fortune via CNN / Nelson D. Schwartz

Metals gain as copper and aluminium hit fresh highs FT / Kevin Morrison

Friday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Bonds climb on demand for long bond AP via NJ Post

Why The Economy Is A Lot Stronger Than You Think Business Week via MSNBC

CEO pay soars, even higher than before Reuters via CNN

Amazon-Dot-Bomb Smartmoney / Lawrence Carrel

Getting A Slice Of The Commercial Market Business Week via MSNBC

Overall spending has skyrocketed under Bush, GOP Knight Ridder / Ron Hutcheson

Passing Ships in the Night Morgan Stanley / Stephen Roach

United States: Rebound - Is It Real or Just the Weather? Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

Economic stability needs soft landing Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Overtime at the NYSE Wall Street Journal via Marketwatch / Mark Gongloff

Aluminum's energetic boost Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Why oil addiction isn't a foreign ill Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

JPMorgan faces $2.2B fraud lawsuit over bonds Reuters via CNN

Bond Prices Mostly Higher at Midday AP via Houston Chronicle

Construction costs hitting home Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

TX: In comparison, D-FW houses undervalued Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Steve Brown

Currencies: A Yield Curve for the De Facto Dollar Zone Morgan Stanley / Stephen L. Jen

Currencies: The Search for Yield Still Dominates the G10 Space Morgan Stanley / Stephen L. Jen

China: What Next? Morgan Stanley / Andy Xie

Currencies: Revival in FDI Inflows Morgan Stanley / Stephen

UK: Credit spree triggers rise in personal insolvencies FT / Scheherazade Daneshkhu

U.S. 30-year bonds surge before $14 bln auction Reuters

Moody's may downgrade Dow Jones' debt ratings Reuters

US Treasuries gain a foothold after ISM services Reuters

Moody's profit rises 22 pct on ratings demand Reuters

GM Unit Sale May Need Bank Role to Avoid Junk Rating Bloomberg / Jeff Green and Brett Cole

Friday's Metal Prices AP vi Seattle Post Intelligencer AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

Friday World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Friday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

U.S. Economy: Jobless Rate Drops to Four-Year Low Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Dollar Rises Versus Yen, Euro After Unemployment Rate Declines Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

Foreign firms are buying U.S. companies at the fastest clip in five years, creating concerns on Capitol Hill / Tim Reason

US Trsy's Snow sees no inflation from wage rises Reuters

Maytag Posts Wider Fourth-Quarter Loss AP via Forbes gets slammed CNN

Gateway on Road to Rebound LA Times / Terril Yue Jones

Gunning For Google Forbes / Dennis Kneale

MI: Condo sales stay brisk in downturn Detroit Free Press / Suzette Hackney

Don't Let Goldilocks Write Today's Jobs Story Bloomberg / Amity Shlaes

The squeeze on American pocketbooks Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

Gold rally not a bubble, could go on up Reuters / Atul Prakash

Spring, and Investors' Thoughts Turn to Tax-Exempts Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Imaginary Stock-Market Joy Ride Ends in a Ditch Bloomberg / Chet Currier

High Profits, Sluggish Investments $ NY Times / Floyd Norris

January Job Gains in U.S. Likely Reached 250,000, Survey Says Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Wall Street Bankers, Bonus Battles Won, Crave Titles to Match Bloomberg / Lisa Kassenaar

U.S. Health-Care Wounds Won't Heal With Tax Breaks Bloomberg / John Wasik

Saving Social Security (in Slovakia?) Tech Central Station / Marian Tupy

Oil Analysts Are Less Optimistic Prices Will Rise, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Republicans Campaign Against `Borrow-and-Spend' Republicans Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla

China, India Finally Appear on Bush's Radar Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

Bravo, Commerce Department, for a Sensible GDP Report! Gillespie Research via Safehaven / Douglas R. Gillespie

Greenspan's Retirement Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Bob Hoye

Let's Bury Greenspan, Not Praise Him Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff



Bush: U.S. Economy Must Stay Competitive AP via Baltimore Sun Deb Riechmann

U.S. Stocks Slide a 2nd Week in Three on Higher Interest Rates Bloomberg / Edgar Ortega and Daniel Hauck

Private buyouts hit record high AP via St. Paul Pioneer Press / Laurence Frost

CA: Experts predict more jobs, higher pay Contra Costa Times / George Avalos

IN: Wal-Mart No. 1 employer in state Indianapolis Star / Madhusmita Bora

FL: Insurer's cash fund could be depleted Miami Herald / Beatrice E. Garcia

AZ: Shift of 50% of new homes out of county predicted Tucson Citizen / David Pittman

Oil one of many U.S. addictions Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Market shifts in home buyers' favor via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Holden Lewis

A bullion-dollar bank account Business 2.0 via CNN / Paul Sloan

U.S. Two-Year Treasuries Fall for a Third Week on Fed Outlook Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton and Joshua Krongold

Mexico's Government Bonds to Be Sold in U.S. LA Times / Marla Dickerson

AZ: Home buyers in a squeeze Arizona Republic / Glen Creno

CO: Lender supports mortgage licensing Rocky Mountain News / John Rebchook

IL: Home advantage Chicago Tribune / Jeffrey Steele

Falling Jobless Rate Boosts Wages but Fuels Concern on Prices and Profits LA Times / Bill Sing

North America Ports Report Record Traffic LA Times / Ronald D. White

Greenspan Heads Out and the Enron Two Head to Court NY Times / Mark A. Stein

Up, Up and Away From Wall St. NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

$140 for a clock? Detroit Free Press

Kurds urge foreigners to explore oil reserves AP via Washington Times

Cuba's oil bid angers U.S. Houston Chronicle / Eliza Barclay

The Disappearing Savings? Union Securities via Safehaven / David Chapman

The Love Song of the U.S. Home Owner Blasingham and Ellison via Safehaven / Ron Ellison


Dropped in with the rich people St. Louis Post Dispatch / Jack Naudi

NY: Building on condo boom NY Daily News / Lore Croghan

The market has spoken: Stocks advance best whenever Pittsburgh plays in the Super Bowl Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Len Boselovic

Gas prices to soar again, analysts say AP via Myrtle Beach Sun / Brad Foss

Oil-Hunting China Aims to Curb Appetite AP via Washington Post / Joe McDonald

AIG may pay $1.5B to settle probes Marketwatch

Sandwiched, and in a pickle Chicago Tribune / Susan Chandler, John Schmeltzer and Ann Therese Palmer

Bush health savings plan mostly helps the wealthy St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Budget set to highlight strain on US public finances FT / Christopher Swann

Most Rich Earned Fortunes NY Post / Richard Wilner

Ahead of the Yield Curve Thoughts from the Frontline via Safehaven /. John Mauldin

Bush readies fiscal '07 budget Marketwatch / William L. Watts

AMT will hit hard for '05 -- maybe harder for '06 Mercury News / Mark Schwanhausser

Real estate transactions can trigger an audit Mercury News / Mark Schwanhausser

Sweating out the Google nose dive Denver Post / Al Lewis

No simple answers in world of money Toronto Star / David Cruise and Alison Griffiths

Paper via Safehaven / Gary Tanashian

MI: In metro Detroit, as elsewhere, apartments are being converted at a steady rate Detroit Free Press / Suzette Hackney

CA: Housing have-nots Orange County Register / Jeff Collins

SC: Rising demand lights fire under city’s condo market The State / Delawese Fulton

NY: The bonuses in the Big Apple hide a tale of two cities Independent / Christopher Walker

CO: Building drives jobs Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Bond Gurus Uneasy Over Debt but Not Alarmed LA Times / Tom Petruno

You gotta believe! Fuhgedaboudit! Boston Herald / Kenneth R. Harney

Homes grow, but not yards LA Times

Encouraging signs are overshadowed Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

A Nation Addicted to Oil -- and Debt LA Times / Tom Petruno

Trade Gap Probably Widened in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

`We've saved enough' Chicago Tribune / Gail MarksJarvis

Gold may be glittering today, but volatility always a threat Chicago Tribune / Andrew Leckey

Inflation woes stalk Wall St. again CNN / Alexandra Twin

Two views of CEOs: Villains or victims Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

NY: Pleasantville hedge fund manager challenges new rules Westchester Journal News / Jay Loomis and Allan Drury

Greed at the top is a mutual sin Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Why funds aren't monkey business Marketwatch via Westchester Journal News / Charles Jaffe

MD: Running dry? Baltimore Sun / Timothy B. Wheeler

Yen May Weaken as BOJ Keeps Zero Percent Rate, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Kabir Chibber

How to Navigate the Fixed-Income Shoals Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Clements

AZ: Private bankers smooth way for wealthy Arizona Republic / Russ Wiles

An Intriguing Twist on Stock Indexing Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Burton

Where do stocks go from here? AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Michael J. Martinez

Your U.S. Fund May Be Scurrying Abroad Wall Street Journal / Andrew


Breaking Down the Budget Wall Street Journal / David Wessel

Have Commodities Become the New Tech Stocks? NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

Ignore the Ups and Downs at Your Peril NY Times / Paul J. Lim

Rising Prices Lift All Bonuses $ NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Why Let the I.R.S. See What the S.E.C. Doesn't? NY Times / Anna Bernasek

Why 500m peasants scare the US Guardian – Observer / Will Hutton

UK: Rates on hold despite retail slump Guardian – Observer / Nick Mathiason


Approval of final rule on risk-based capital treatment of cash-collateralized securities borrowing transactions Federal Reserve Board

Haggling has its rewards NY Daily News / Margaret Price

Courting the cash-strapped Marketwatch / Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine

Fuss about China is overdone $ FT / Guy de Jonquières

Business write-off cap could increase USA Today / Jim Hopkins

More fund money for Washington Marketwatch / Kathie O'Donnell

Bush Offers 2.1% Grant Increase Bond Buyer / Humberto Sanchez

IRS makes changes to refund fraud program AP via MSNBC

UK economy 'starting to improve' BBC News

Greenspan’s Final Grade National Review / Jerry Bowyer

Canada: Global Imbalances and the Canadian Economy Bank of Canada / David Dodge

Bunting On The Budget Forbes / Jessica Holzer

What "Ownership Society"? Slate / Daniel Gross

Bush's budget would increase spending on security, cut programs Knight Ridder / Ron Hutcheson

Monday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Dollar rises as market eyes rates of 5% FT / Steve Johnson

Bush Budget Plan a Headache for Congress AP via LA Times / Andrew Taylor

NY: Mayor Bloomberg Says Silverstein Won't Finish Site Bloomberg / Henry Goldman

Oil prices fall as traders take profits AP via NJ Post / Madlen Read

Monday's Metal Prices AP via NJ Post

Treasuries slip ahead of U.S. borrowing bonanza Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Disney Profit Rises 7 Percent as Parks, TV-Unit Gain Bloomberg / Alex Armitage

U.S. Stocks Fail to Rebound as Health-Care Shares, Apple Drop Bloomberg / Sophie Hayward

If home prices fall, rents may fuel inflation Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Downside is growing U.S. debt Toronto Star / Stuart Laidlaw

NY: Allstate cancels some NYC-area homeowners policies Reuters via San Diego Union Tribune

GM's fate: A Hail Mary Fortune via CNN / Carol Loomis

Bush says U.S. fed global symbol of integrity Reuters

Bush's $2.77 Tln Budget Boosts Defense, Cuts Medicare Bloomberg / Roger Runningen

US 2-yr Treasury yields rise above 30-yr yields Reuters

Bonds pressured by supply Marketwatch / Leslie Wines

Hidden costs can cut your profits from mutual funds Morningstar via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Christine Benz

Euro Falls to Lowest in a Month as European Retail Sales Drop Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Joshua Krongold

MI: Some Michigan residents are heading to other states as they look for ways to make a living Lansing State Journal / Barbara Wieland

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman and David Greenlaw

Betting on Sustainable Growth Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner and David Greenlaw

Monday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

GM Board to Meet Under Pressure for Dividend Cut Bloomberg

The United States: Still the Growth Engine for the World Economy? Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas / Richard W. Fisher

Remarks at the ceremonial swearing-in by President Bush Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

New Fed Chief Vows to Work With Congress AP via Baltimore sun / Jeannine Aversa

Fed's Fisher says U.S. economy on solid track Reuters

Government Expands Tax-shelter Inquiries / Stephen Taub

CA: Default notices are on the rise Sacramento Bee / Andrew LePage

PA: Bank deal was too fast Philadelphia Inquirer / Joseph N. DiStefano

Global: The Battleground of Globalization Morgan Stanley / Stephen Roach

A Stewpot Of Corruption Forbes / David A. Andelman

Germany: The Consumer Conundrum Morgan Stanley / Elga Bartsch

UK: Downside Risks to Trend Growth Morgan Stanley / David Miles, Vladimir Pillonca and Melanie Baker

Japan: Holding Tight Morgan Stanley / Takehiro Sato

Chinese currency hits post-revaluation high AP via NJ Post

Korea: Worried about Strong Won? Morgan Stanley / Andy Xie

U.S. Treasuries ease in Asia on profit-taking Reuters

`Long Bond' Returns With Lowest-Ever Yield at $14 Bln Auction Bloomberg / Jake Lee

For Long-Term Investing Plan, Measure Real-World Return Wall Street Journal via Marketwatch / E.S. Browning

Is something wrong with GE? Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Earnings to reach double digits again USA Today / Matt Krantz

Major business and economic events this week Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Wage inflation plagues Wall Street traders Boston Herald / Brett Arends

Bush's Low-Cost Borrowing `Comes Home to Roost' as Rates Rise Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerald

Presidential Wardrobe Holds Key to Energy Policy Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Bush's Policies, Election Politics May Block Deficit-Cut Goal Bloomberg / Catherine Dodge

Dollar slips but US rates provide support Reuters via Washington Post / Naomi Tajitsu

Commodities ETF breaks new ground Marketwatch / John Spence

Morgan Stanley Overtaken by Goldman in Asset Management Revenue Bloomberg / Adrian Cox

Deutsche Bank Spreads The Wealth NY Post / Sam Gustjn

MA: Hub developer says condo costs rising Boston Herald / Scott Van Voorhis

UK: Not all central banks understand that the conventional wisdom on inflation is redundant Independent / Stephen King

BOJ practices patience as markets eye April shift Reuters / Tamawa Kadoya

Does the trade deficit threaten the US economy? Brookes News / Frank Shostak

Is there such a thing as bad growth? Christian Science Monitor / Laurent Belsie

Treasuries Show Inflation Concern Rising Fastest Since 2004 Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

IRS steers more people into the electronic lane Christian Science Monitor / Randy Dotinga

Oil Rises as Iran Says It Will Pursue Nuclear Program, Defy UN Bloomberg / Angela Macdonald-Smith and Will Kennedy

Yen Climbs on Speculation Reports Will Signal Stronger Economy Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Chris Cooper

UK: Seven Lessons Greenspan Could Teach Gordon Brown Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn



Pensions Consider Credit Derivatives Institutional Investor / Jonathan Shazar

Investors might start looking to bond funds AP via Aberdeen News / Joe Bel Bruno

The Bush budget is a trillion little pieces of fantasy Houston Chronicle / Loren Steffy

Cooling Housing Market Drops the Stock Market Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Home sales expected to slow, but not sink in '06 USA Today / Sue Kirchhoff

SEC Eyes Rating Trip Payments Bond Buyer / Lynn Hume

Oil prices fall to $63 a barrel as supply fears ease AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Making volatility pay Marketwatch / Thomas Kostigen

This Ford has a good track record Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

The Google Opportunity / James B. Stewart

Pour It On, Now Tech Central Station / James K. Glassman

The American Social Model Tech Central Station / Tim Worstall

Consumer Credit Federal Reserve Board

Consumer credit grows in 2005 at slowest pace in 13 years AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

President Calls for One-Year Measure To Protect Millions from AMT; Compromise on Estate Tax? Wall Street Journal / Tom Herman

Rumours of US housing bubble are hot air $ FT / John Weicher

Cash-out refinancing to drop in '06 -Freddie Mac Reuters / Julie Haviv

Treasuries weak after lukewarm auction FT / Jennifer Hughe, Joanna Chung and David Turner

SWAPS- Tighten on hedging on new debt supply Reuters

U.S. junk bond investors take on more auto risk Reuters / Dena Aubin

CBOE seat price hits $1 million as volumes surge Reuters

Saudi official says soaring oil prices can't last AP via Houston Chronicle

Tuesday's commodities roundup AP via NJ Post

The Buttonwood column: Japan $ The Economist

U.S. Stocks Drop, Led by Homebuilders; S&P 500 Sets 2006 Low Bloomberg / Sophie Hayward

Energy giants’ mega-profits $ The Economist

Cisco Net Falls 1.8%; Shares Rise on Signs of Pick Up Bloomberg / Ari Levy

Bush's Budget: Stock Bets? Forbes / Andrew T. Gillies

Bush's budget proposal $ The Economist

Washington goes long, but will it score? Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

Behind The Jobs Letdown NY Post / John Crudele

Corporate Profits Or Household Spending - Which Has Bigger Effect On Capex? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Another Pro-Growth Jobs Report National Review / Michael T. Darda

Will Iran dispute push oil to $130? CNN / Chris Isidore

TX: News for landlords is only so good Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

FL: No letup in '06 for commercial real estate Orlando Sentinel / Jack Snyder

KS: It's still a renter's market, but... Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

NY: Home Price To Fall Here NY Post / Braden Keil

Ameriquest loan rules no cure-all Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

Farm spending cuts sought again Des Moines Register

Disney earnings gain, beat estimates Marketwatch / Russ Britt

India's economy accelerates again BBC News

Wolfowitz 'to target corruption' BBC News

No need for WTO to step in over Denmark boycott: Lamy  AFP via EU Business

The GDP Glass Is Half-empty / Ronald Fink

MA: Decline in housing sales grows steeper Boston Globe / Kimberly Blanton

MA: State's pension fund tops most peers Boston Globe / Ross Kerber

Crude oil prices slip below $65 a barrel  AP via NJ Post

US Treasury's Snow: Keep taxes low to shrink deficit Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Budget Sets Risky Election Strategy LA Times / Ronald Brownstein and Janet Hook

U.S. Treasuries mixed before barrage of auctions Reuters / Oliver Ludwig

Moody's Places Toshiba Ratings Under Review AP via Houston Chronicle / Yuri Kageyama

Betting on Dow losers may pay off Sacramento Bee / Jack Sirard

GM Halves Dividend, Cuts Exec Pay / Stephen Taub

Coca-Cola 4Q Profit Dips, Beats Street View AP via Forbes / Harry R. Weber

Toys R Us names Target exec to CEO post AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Anne D’Innocenzio

Economic sanctions just never seem to work Vancouver Sun via / Jonathan Manthorpe

Yen rises ahead of Bank of Japan meeting FT / Steve Johnson

Outsourcing Frontier: Yanks Need Apply / John P. Mello Jr.

Senate finance panel probes Fannie, Freddie foundations Marketwatch / Dawn Kopecki

Would Jack McCoy Throw Book at TD Waterhouse? Bloomberg / Susan Antilla

In Europe, Banks Look at More Deals Over Borders NY Times / James Kanter and Eric Sylvers

Retirees Might Find Themselves Halfway to Nowhere Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Bush budget a tough row Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

Energy Theater Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Morgan Stanley Cuts Japan, Emerging-Market Stocks; Boosts U.S. Bloomberg / Michael Tsang

Semiconductor Manufacturing Narrows Loss on Orders Bloomberg / Janet Ong

The Jitters Davids Stock Market Chartmentary via Safehaven / David Yu

UK: Call for rate cut as sales burst peters out Guardian / Larry Elliott

The Myth of the Math and Science Shortage Ludwig Von Mises Institute / Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

No Happy Ending for GM in Tale of Two Automakers Bondheads / Mark Gilbert


Monetary and Fiscal Fallacies Feed Unsustainable Outcomes ForexTV via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / David Gilmore

Mortgage Application Volume Down Slightly In Latest Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Ending the Wall Street insider's game $ FT / Dan Reingold

Wide spread Reuters

Bernanke taking Fed reins at key point -Dallas Fed Reuters

Bernanke seen hiking rates to 5 pct, bet premature Reuters / Alister Bull

Wal-Mart sees room for over 1,500 new stores AP via MSNBC

FL: Vacation home sales have cooled Orlando Sentinel / Kelly Griffith

NV: Home prices down in LV Las Vegas Review Journal / Hubble Smith

Wednesday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

CA: Businesses paint rosy picture of job market Contra Costa Times / George Avalos

SEC closes Morningstar investigation Marketwatch / John Spence

NYMEX Battling A Crude Upstart NY Post / Zachery Kouwe

Lazard shares jump on 4Q earnings report AP via Beaufort Gazette

Portfolio Recovery's risk Marketwatch / Herb Greenberg

King of the Road / Stephanie AuWerter

Investors look anew at the power of bonds $ FT / Jennifer Hughes

US SWAPS - Mixed amid rate worries, supply hedging Reuters

Fed: Loan demand slackens across board CNN

'Generation Debt' is going deep into the red MSNBC / Vanessa Richardson

Saudi questions Bush oil plan Houston Chronicle / David Ivanovich and Lynn J. Cook

Perils of Bush's binge borrowing $ FT / Jacob Weisberg

Stability returns to gold and metals prices FT / Kevin Morrison

Senate panel probes Fannie, Freddie foundations Reuters

Home mortgage rates edge up to 6.25% Reuters via USA Today

Level 3 reports '05 loss Rocky Mountain News / Jeff Smith

Apocalypse ain't nigh Fortune via CNN / Justin Fox

Texas Economy Shifts into Higher Gear Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

MI: GM cutbacks reverberate across region Lansing State Journal / Barbara Wieland

AZ: Valley home buyers now hold upper hand Arizona Republic / Glen Cero

IA: Sale prices of homes to keep climbing Des Moines Register

Did Anyone Actually Read Bush's Budget? Tech Central Station / John Merline

Consumer prudence is still overdue Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Oil seesaws as gas stocks swell CNN / Steve Hargreaves

Wednesday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Wednesday World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Return of the 30-year US Treasury bond Reuters

Gearing Up for the 'Long Bond' LA Times / Tom Petruno

Treasuries tread water ahead of 10-year sale FT / Richard Beales

Greenspan spoke at Lehman event on Tuesday Reuters

March FOMC meeting date to expand to March 27 and 28 Federal Reserve Board

What's your home worth? Get a 'Zestimate' Money via CNN / Stephen Gandel

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

WA: Housing sales on decline Seattle Post Intelligencer / Dan Richman

MD: Apartments takeover fight reveals market state Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

GM Gets 'Sell' Rating on Ongoing Concerns Chicago Tribune

Time Warner's Bankers Get Rich Forbes / Liz Moyer

AMT repeal would create huge shortfall Boston Globe / Michael Kranish

UK manufacturing shows signs of life FT

IL: High cost of heating expected to linger Chicago Sun Times / Mary Wisniewski

Looking Down The Highway Forbes / Andrew T. Gillies

Stand Up for Public Finance That's Right, Decent: Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Japan's Warlords Meddling in the Nikkei-225, Yen, and JGB markets SirChartsAlot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

Owing money loses stigma for rich, poor alike in U.S. Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Currency Strategists: Morgan Says Pound Is Euro Proxy Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

Psychology of a Falling Dollar Merk via Safehaven / Axel Merk

Correction Time is Here! Tomorrow’s Gold via Safehaven / Marc Faber

Oil Companies, SEC Differ on Metrics / Stephen Taub

Buy Silver or Gold? Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Asian Stocks Have Biggest Drop in Three Weeks; Inpex, BHP Slide Bloomberg / Chen Shiyin

GM's Wagoner Pulls in Bulging Salary Gut a Notch Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Freddie Mac's Bitsberger Says Asia Funding Important Bloomberg / Chris Cooper

American dream putting homeowners in deep debt Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Foreclosures Rise / More Defaults Expected Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis via Safehaven / Mike Shedlock

2 Web Sites Push Further Into Services Real Estate Agents Offer NY Times / Damon Darlin

A Florida City Awaits the Payoff From Its Bet on Condos NY Times / Lisa Chamberlain

Muttering at the World Bank Washington Post / Paul Blustein

Dollar Rebounds From One-Week Low Against Yen on U.S. Rate Gap Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto

Who will feel budget's impact? Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

Europe's Iron Curtain Reappears in Economic Split Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Australian Central Bank Leaves Rate Unchanged at 5.5% Bloomberg / Victoria Batchelor

First Enron, Then WorldCom; Now Japan's Livedoor Bloomberg / William Pesek


Long Bond Redux Forbes / Paul Maidment

IL: Credit agency upgrades Chicago rating AP via Chicago Sun Times

Chicago GOs Raised To Aa3 Bond Buyer / Yvette Shields

Markets Can't Hold On To Its Momentum Washington Post / Jerry Knight

Net Phone Firm Vonage Plans a Public Offering LA Times / James S. Granelli

The Energy-Sufficiency Myth National Review / John Tamny

Congress pushes for change on U.S. trade IHT / Elizabeth Becker

Labor rigidity in India keeps firms on edge IHT / Saritha Rai

Economic Outlook Symposium: Summary of 2005 results and forecasts for 2006 pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / William A. Strauss

Life after Fed proves tricky for Greenspan FT / Richard Beales and Jennifer Hughes

U.S. 30-Year Treasury Bonds Advance After $14 Billion Auction Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Brazil Buying Back International Bonds, Levy Says Bloomberg / Elzio Barreto and Carlos Caminada

Gold jumps near 25-year peak Reuters via CNN

Oil and metals recover from large knocks FT / Kevin Morrison

Chicago Merc to trade snowfall futures AP via NJ Post / Dave Carpenter

Retail money funds rise in latest week AP via NJ Post

Weekly jobless claims in U.S. hit new low AP via NJ Post / Martin Crutsinger

China: Bystander No More Newsweek via MSNBC

Mortgage rates again move higher AP via MSNBC

Don't buy into the 30-year bond hype Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Strong welcome for return of US long bond FT / Jennifer Hughes

U.S. 30-Year Treasury Bonds Advance After $14 Billion Auction Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Bush Says Markets Will Drive U.S. Economy, Guide China, Russia Bloomberg / Richard Keil

IRS targets strategy for wealthy executives Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Rachel Emma Silverman and Jane J. Kim

The isolationist temptation The Economist

Rising gold prices pinch young love Des Moines Register

Beyond irrelevance $ The Economist

The blog in the corporate machine The Economist

Food companies and obesity $ The Economist

OH: Gift card revamp sent to Taft Cincinnati Enquirer

EU: The fertility bust $ The Economist

Some top US pensions say no to long bond for now Reuters / Herbert Lash

Long bonds long on fans Chicago Tribune / Susan Diesenhouse

MBIA 4th-qtr profit down; sees slower growth Reuters / Dan Wilchins

GM Unit May Retain Junk Rating, CreditSights Says Bloomberg / Mark Pittman

The January 2006 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

The hard truth about oil Fortune via CNN / Nelson D. Schwartz

Thursday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Copper Rises as Investment Funds Buy to Diversify Portfolios Bloomberg / Simon Casey

US job claims signal labor market in good shape Reuters / Alister Bull

CBOT Holdings posts profit on fee revenue AP via NJ Post

Knight Capital Unit Looks to Settle Probe AP via Forbes

Best Buy Raises 4Q View on Strong Sales AP via Newsday

CO: Crocs walking on air after debut Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Marriott 4Q Profit Leaps on Robust Revenue AP via Forbes

Yen shrugs off unchanged BOJ policy FT / Darryl Thomson

Bank of England leaves rates on hold FT / Scheherazade Daneshkhu

Call for openness on political donations Boston Globe / Ross Kerber

Whither Bush's Small Biz Budget Forbes / Brett Nelson

Real Men Trade the Long Bond Institutional Advisors via Safehaven / Bob Hoye

Debt Markets Demystified Kirby Analytics via Safehaven / Rob Kirby

`Greatest Central Banker Ever' Comes Down a Peg Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Strong Economy, Weak Coverage Tech Central Station / Meg Kreikemeier

Consumers May Lift U.S. Growth to 4% This Quarter, Survey Says Bloomberg / Carlos Torres and Andy Burt

Why airfares stay so low - while airlines struggle Christian Science Monitor / Alexandra Marks

Ethanol, Boon to Farms, Won't Cure Oil Addiction Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Analyst Is Fined in Conflict-of-Interest Case NY Times / Jenny Anderson

US plans massive data sweep Christian Science Monitor / Mark Clayton

Stuck on Galbraith Tech Central Station / Arnold Kling

Bank of Japan Keeps Policy With a 7-2 Unchanged Vote Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

UK: Interest rates to be held again with cut predicted for May Guardian / Ashley Seager

South Korean Central Bank Raises Benchmark Rate to 4% Bloomberg / Seyoon Kim

If China's Government Spends, So Will People Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee



Canada: Economy gains jobs, but jobless rate increases Ottawa Business Journal

NY: Bad mix of rising rents, falling pay NY Daily News / David Saltonstall

Conn. treasurer picks new investment banks Reuters

Fall Into the Trade Gap / Mark Glassman

Futures traders never fool with Mother Nature Marketwatch / Kevin Kerr

Men spend lots more than women on Valentine's Day Knight Ridder / Iris Kuo

Oil's Slippery Slope / Donald Luskin

Friday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

MN: Home listings set record, giving buyers more choices Minneapolis Star Tribune / Kara McGuire

G8 countries grapple with world energy supply woes Reuters / Giselda Vagnoni

Bond-Default Dollar Volume Soars / Marie Leone

Treasuries slip, readying for Bernanke's big day Reuters / Ros Krasny

US SWAPS - Spreads narrow on early bond gains Reuters

Oil Drops to 6-Week Low on Report of Rising Production Capacity Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Crude-oil prices edge lower nearing $61 a barrel AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / George Jahn

Trade deficit soars to new record, led by surge in deficit with China AP vi San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Mind the record trade gap CNN / Chris Isidore

US Treasury seeks analysis of tax policy benefits Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Brown: I Warned White House As Katrina Hit AP via Forbes / Lara Jakes Jordan

AZ: Money stash fuels real estate Arizona Republic / Jonathan J. Higuera and Glen Creno

TX: Existing home sales in North Texas rise Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrea Jares

OH: Another falls in flip probe Cincinnati Enquirer / Mike Boyer

Business Conditions - Consolidation or Slowdown? Morgan Stanley / Shital Patel and Richard Berner

U.S. Economy: Trade Deficit Widened to Record in 2005 Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Superstars snap up US growth $ FT / Samuel Brittan

US trade gap for year balloons to $726bn FT / Christopher Swann

U.S. Treasuries up in bond auction followthrough Reuters / Oliver Ludwig

Brazil Currency, Bonds Surge After Govt Announces Debt Buyback Bloomberg / Andrew J. Barden

Friday World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Friday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Social Security issue – again Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Gateway CEO Resigns Post LA Times / Terril Yue Jones

British supermarket chain eyes the U.S. AP via Baltimore Ssun

MD: Apartments takeover fight reveals market state Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Fund Investors Hear Some Noisy Echoes of the '90s Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Will the BoJ's Ending QE Cause a Collapse in USD/JPY? Morgan Stanley / Stephen Jen

Global: Rebalancing Made in Japan? Morgan Stanley / Stephen Roach

ECB's Trichet Sends Subliminal Message on Rates Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

New York mayor fires worker with solitaire on computer screen AP via Chicago Tribune / Sara Kugler

Poor Ben Bernanke Daily Reckoning via Lew Rockwell / Bill Bonner

U.S. Treasuries Head for Weekly Drop; More Rate Increases Seen Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

The Knack for When and the Gift for How Pimco / Paul McCulley

Big Errors By Bear Bring Big Board Hit NY Post / Roddy Boyd

Flabby or Fit? / Don Durfee

Enron Government Witness Gets Mad / Stephen Taub

Perhaps Exxon Really Needs Stock Options $ NY Times / Floyd Norris

Oil Giants Fell Behind on Fees NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews and Simon Romero, Jr.

Federal directive targets risky mortgage practices Washington Times / Patrice Hill

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in December, Bloomberg Survey Shows Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Currency Strategists: Goldman Says Dollar Has Reached `Peak' Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

Yen Gains; Machine Orders Grow Four Times Faster Than Expected Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto

UK: Bank holds rates at 4.5% despite signs of weakness on trade and house prices Guardian / Ashley Seager

Pentagon Budget 'a Great Surprise' Washington Post / Renae Merle

Stop Worrying About the Trade Deficit Tech Central Station / Donald Boudreaux

'You Have a Telegram' Tech Central Station / Ralph Kinney Bennett


Bernanke jitters to overshadow stocks Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

Farm income to drop, U.S. estimates show AP via Chicago Tribune

Auto economist sees decline in 2006 U.S. sales Reuters

GM's turnaround plans lack the magnitude, creativity required AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Bruce Meyerson

More Medicines From Abroad Seized Chicago Tribune / Lisa Girion

G-8 Sees Oil Price as Risk, Seeks Stable Supplies Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy

Yen Gains Versus Dollar This Week as Japan Shows Growth Signs Bloomberg / Joshua Krongold

European Bonds Advance for First Week in Five on Slowing Growth Bloomberg / Prashant Rao

Canada: What's killing our manufacturing jobs? Toronto Star / Steven Theobald

U.S.'s Snow-G8 shares responsibility on imbalances Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Here's one Fed nominee that didn't draw accolades Bloomberg via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Brendan Murray and Matthew Benjamin

Employment, pay raises might hurt stocks AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Ellen Simon

GM, Ford turn attention to cutting dealerships AP via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Dee-Ann Durbin

Putin seeks quick talks on WTO accession AP via NJ Post / Vladimir Isachenkov

Calif. reports record grape harvest in '05 AP via Charlotte Observer / Michelle Locke

Report: Bird flu found in Greece, Italy Marketwatch

The Return of the Long Bond Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

The Other Shoe Blasingham and Ellison via Safehaven / Ron Ellison

Unwinding the US trade deficit is the policy challenge of our time, but nobody can say how Independent / Jeremy Warner

Greed by Four Lengths Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Dollar Shrugs Deficit, Awaits Hawkish Bernanke Forex News via Safehaven / Ashraf Laidi

The Doctor.... is in Safehaven / Mark Taylor

A Mortgage in Reverse: Debtor Beware NY Times / M.P. Dunleavey


Spotlight shines on Ben Bernanke FT / Chris Flood

Your checks don't clear as quickly as you think Boston Globe / Bruce Mohl

Advice to keep fund-related illnesses at bay Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

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

TX: Countrywide comes out of its shell Dallas Morning News / Cheryl Hall

Sears in demolition mode Chicago Tribune / Susan Chandler

Google shares may fall another 50 pct-Barron's Reuters

Emerging debt prices up on flows, eye U.S. data Reuters / Manuela Badawy

Bernanke to debut as Fed chief on Capitol Hill Reuters / Tim Ahmann

$15.5 bil of debt sold in U.S. Bloomberg via Arizona Republic

Henry Ford's great-great grandson joins Ford AP via Contra Costa Times / Dee-Ann Durbin

Bugs could be key to kicking oil addiction AP via Contra Costa Times / Paul Elias

Outcry over Greenspan dinner is just desserts NY Post / Terry Keenan

Inverted need not be perverted for investors Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Len Boselovic

FL: High pay no lure as home costs escalate South Florida Sun Sentinel / Andy Reid

For some investors, real estate may have lost its rosy glow LA Times / Tom Kelly

CA: All that glitters isn't golden for state's real estate agents LA Times

Cleaning up subprime mortgages Boston Herald / Kenneth R. Harney

Homes no longer are instant money machines Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via St. Louis Post Dispatch / Joanne Cleaver

Your Home ATM NY Post / Dian Vujovich

Commodities best digested in small bites Chicago Tribune / Gail MarksJarvis

Wall Street uncertainty likely to continue AP via NJ Post / Michel J. Martinez

Conditions still ripe for ... another Enron? Washington Post via Seattle Times / Carrie Johnson and Ben White

International funds diversify holdings South Florida sun Sentinel via Chicago Tribune / Humberto Cruz

PA: WTO in Phila.? A capital idea Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

PA: Hi-tech jobs picture brighter Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Corilyn Shropshire

OH: Where are all the jobs going? Cincinnati Enquirer / Alexander Coolidge

America’s Dangerous Debt Boston Herald / Jerry Kronenberg

Think the Deficit Is Bad Now? Just Wait. Wall Street Journal / Alan Murray

ARMs Need A Hard Look Wall Street Journal / Ruth Simon

Still Waiting for the Dips LA Times / Tom Petruno

The Week Ahead Wall Street Journal

US markets eye Bernanke for guidance AFP via Taipei Times

Making Bonds Work for You: Part 2 Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Clements

Goodyear's Got Traction Despite Accelerating Costs Barron’s via Wall Street Journal / Kopin Tan

UK: Will Alan be offering key advice? Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

UK: The Bank and Ben prepare their contradictory messages Independent / Danny Fortson

Good News May Land With a Thud NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

Cracking the Tax Code NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

It Doesn't Pay to Be in the A.M.T. Zone NY Times / David Cay Johnston

Pension plans turn to hedge funds Arizona Republic / Russ Wiles

Uh-Oh. Something Else Is Stale at Mutual Funds Marketwatch via NY Times / Mark Hulbert



Notes from a housing bubble's bust MSNBC via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Bill Fleckenstein

U.S. Treasuries firm ahead of Bernanke testimony Reuters

ICMA, ISDA and TBMA Form Global Capital Markets Board Bond Market Association

Oil? America's addicted to everything! Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

CA: Countywide house resale prices inch upward San Diego Union Tribune / Roger M. Showley

Bernanke set for debut on Capitol Hill FT / Andrew Balls

The Federal Spend-a-Thon Continues National Review / Phil Kerpen

The Windfall Profit-Taxers Are Back National Review / Jonathan Williams

Indian Steel and Egyptian Cell Phones Slate / Daniel Gross

Mack's Bad Day At BlackRock Forbes / Liz Moyer

Gold $ FT / Lex

Sanguine Schultz sees $2,000 gold Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Monday's commodities roundup AP via Beaufort Gazette

Oil prices finish above $61 per barrel AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Brad Foss

Moody's cuts Boston Scientific ratings AP via Beaufort Gazette / Mark Jewell

Mexico gets into the short -term bond business St. Petersburg Times / Helen Huntley

Softer home market nets freebies for buyers USA Today via Tucson Citizen / Noelle Knox

White House sees housing cooling gradually AP via MSNBC

President's advisers play it safe Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Michelle A. Smith will continue as Assistant to the Board and Director of the Office of Board Members Federal Reserve Board

Google drops another 5% after Barron's article  AP via MSNBC

Color of love has its price Contra Costa Times / Blanca Torres

Deng's revolution means China is set to overtake America as biggest economy within 30 years Independent / Stephen King

Bernanke?s Roadmap for Monetary Policy Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

Economic Performance and the 2006 Outlook Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland / Sandra Pianalto

Easy policy may boost inflation, not jobs-Pianalto Reuters / Alister Bull

Trade Deficits and Asset Bubbles Morgan Stanley / Stephen Roach

Businesses will wait to spend Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman and David Greenlaw

Bond prices little changed AP via NJ Post

Energy Security: Markets Can Help Morgan Stanley / Eric Chaney

Monday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Monday World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Currencies: On the Timing of the NZD Trade Morgan Stanley / Stephen L. Jen and Luca Bindelli

Euro dips to near 6-mos. Low vs. dollar AP via NJ Post

IL: City cell phone ban boosts hired-car use Chicago Tribune / Shia Kapos

Some Expect 2 Rate Hikes LA Times / Tom Petruno

WTO Rules U.S. Tax Breaks Illegal; EU to Retaliate Bloomberg / Warren Giles

U.S. economists see first-half rebound -Fed survey Reuters

S&P 500 Retreats, Led by Shares of Starbucks; Google Declines Bloomberg / Hilary Johnson

AMD jump spurs profit-taking Mercury News / Jack Davis

Treasuries little changed in wait for Bernanke Reuters

A tale of two markets Fortune via CNN / Ellen Florian Katz

Commodities continue downward correction FT / Chris Flood

Oil holds near $62 Reuters via CNN

Barclays, Morgan Stanley Turn Bearish on the Dollar Bloomberg / Rodrigo Davies

Average pay increases 12% at Goldman Sachs Bloomberg via Arizona Republic / Adrian Cox

Bush plan doubles certain write-offs Chicago Tribune

DOJ May Challenge Whirlpool-Maytag Deal LA Times

New Yorkers Face Delays, Cancellations After Storm Bloomberg / Heather Burke

'Green' Industry NY Post / Keith J. Kelly

Bernanke Will Resist Calls for Fed Pause in Congressional Debut Bloomberg / Rich Miller

Fannie Interim CFO Earned Nearly $9 Million / Stephen Taub

GE Peddles LBO Loans in Europe as Profit From Light Bulbs Dims Bloomberg / Michael Rothschild

The Big Golds - how far will they correct?... Clive Maund via Safehaven  Clive Maund

China's Trade Surplus Narrowed Less Than Expected Bloomberg / Lee Spears

UK: If Dunfermline wasn't a kick in the teeth for the chancellor, it certainly should have been Guardian / Larry Elliott

Australia: Reserve warns rates may rise Sydney Morning Herald

Cancel That Apocalypse -- The Oil Crisis Is Over Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Merrill and BlackRock Are Reported Near Deal NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Trade gap aside, a lot still 'made in USA' Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

Small investors try big-time tactics Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

Why budget critics are out in force Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Dollar May Extend Rally to Longest Since 2000, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Jake Lee and Joshua Krongold

Why the Bank of Japan Should Just Shut Up Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.


PA: Through the roof Philadelphia Inquirer / Bob Fernandez and Alletta Emeno

3 questions Bernanke should answer Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Be Wary of Bonds' Popularity Washington Post / Allan Sloan

Money manager's manager Boston Globe

Senate blocks asbestos bill Marketwatch / William L. Watts

GOP legislators propose allowing home insurers to raise rates by 25% a year South Florida Sun Sentinel / Mark Hollis

IBM honored by Bush Westchester Journal News / John Machacek

High dividends can signal risk Knight Ridder via Myrtle Beach Sun / Jeff Brown

FDIC Consumer News FDIC

TradeStation rings up record results Miami Herald / Patrick Danner

Euro is losing its sparkle among new EU members IHT / Carter Dougherty

Journalism's Sparse Harvest Tech Central Station / Dr. Henry I. Miller

Fed nominees say open to inflation target idea Reuters / Tim Ahmann

Transition and Continuity at the Federal Reserve in 2006 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Jeffrey M. Lacker

Fed will act to keep inflation at bay-Fed's Lacker Reuters

Bond World Turned Upside Down Smartmoney / James B. Stewart

The Buttonwood column: asset management $ The Economist

Bright spots in Qwest earnings AP via Denver Post / Sandy Shore

Dow leaps above 11,000 after strong retail sales FT / Neil Dennis

Americans Underpay Taxes by $345 Bln, IRS Says Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer

Analyzing the Australian Dollar - Up, Down, and Under SirChartsAlot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

ARM defaults may have little impact LA Times via Contra costa Times / Annette Haddad

The Most Misleading Words The Speculative Investor via Safehaven / Steve Saville

US SWAPS-Narrow on bond supply amid higher yields Reuters

Dow jumps above 11,000 CNN

Will There Be A Detroit Tomorrow? Forbes / Jerry Flint

Tuesday's World Gold Prices AP via NJ Post

Oil prices dip on crude stock expectations AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Gillian Wong

PA: Merger to boost PNC Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

Fund managers grow more cautious Marketwatch / John Spence

Tuesday's Money Rates AP via NJ Post

No business like snow business Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

China Joins The World Forbes / Paul Maidment

Germany's economy treading water BBC News

Buffett To Quit Coke Board Forbes / Chris Noon

Finding shelter when housing falls Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Bernanke Vs. Congress Forbes / Jessica Holzer

Bernanke's Congressional Debut Won't Rock Markets Bloomberg / John Berry

Gold falls to five-week low FT / Peter Garnham

Treasury investors hold tight before Bernanke-poll Reuters

U.S. Treasuries Fall After Retail Sales Gain Most Since 2004 Bloomberg / Michael McDonald and Elizabeth Stanton

Mexican Peso Bond Yields to Rise as Fed Raises Interest Rates Bloomberg / Thomas Black

Welcoming Back The Long Bond Forbes / Oxford Analytica

Dollar hits six-month high against euro AP via NJ Post

Retail sales post strong gain AP via Baltimore Sun / Martin Crutsinger

CO: High-tech employment back on high wire Rocky Mountain News / Roger Fillion

CA: O.C. bills on time despite big mortgages Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

OH: Breakneck building pace slowed in '05 Cincinnati Enquirer / James McNair and Jeff McKinney

Tech Sinks on Google, Bernanke Fear NY Post / Suzanne McGee

Bond, Treasury Bond Daily Standard / Irwin Stelzer

Taiwan: Government bonds slide again on weak NT dollar Bloomberg via Taipei Times / Yu-huay Sun

Vulture Funds Get Little to Pick as Too Many Buyers Chase Yield Bloomberg / Caroline Salas

Bernanke's Fed Will Stress `Solid' Analysis Over Personality Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Bernanke Sets Record Straight Before Big Debut Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Greenspan steps up to microphone immediately USA Today / Barbara Hagenbaugh

Car dealers face troubled future, squeezed profit St. Petersburg Times / Louis Hau

Defaults from risky mortgages limited-report Reuters

Greenback is still golden Marketwatch / Thomas Kostigen

Fed Rate Increases? Money-Fund Investors Love 'Em Bloomberg / Chet Currier

UBS Fourth-Quarter Profit Jumps on Sale of Units Bloomberg / Alice Ratcliffe

Magellan still faces dire straits Boston Herald / Brett Arends

U.S. Royalty Plan to Give Windfall to Oil Companies NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Why hedge funds remain risky Marketwatch / Marshall Loeb

Google cursed by too much cash? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Peekaboo, the Constitution Doesn't See You Tech Central Station / Stephen Bainbridge

WTO Denies U.S. Appeal on Tax Breaks / Stephen Taub

I.R.S. Offers Deal to Firms Promoting Tax Shelters NY Times / Lynnley Browning

German Economy Fails to Grow as Consumers Spend Less Bloomberg / Simone Meier

UK: As all around fret over the future of rates, the Bank's view remains one of calm consistency Independent / Jeremy Warner

Yen Gains; Report Signals Japan Investors Bringing Money Home Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Chris Young

Hedge Funds Bring Capital, Anxiety to India Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee


Is Free Trade Really Wrecking the Union? Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert P. Murphy

A Dynamic Idea National Review / Bruce Bartlett

Canada: Bully for securities market Globe and Mail / Allan Robinson

Paperless mortgages move into mainstream Detroit News / Neal Haldane

Mortgage Application Volume Down In Latest Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Treasuries surrender early gains FT / Jennifer Hughes, Joanna Chung and David Turner

Cisco Notes Go for Record $6.5 Billion / Stephen Taub

PNC, Merrill Lynch make deal for BlackRock Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Dan Fitzpatrick

Dollar ahead as Bernanke makes debut FT / Steve Johnson

Bernanke Hints of Higher Rates / Stephen Taub

Nasdaq Plans Tier for Biggest Blue Chips / Stephen Taub

Applied Materials profit down 51% on real estate charge San Jose Business Journal

The coming age of the self-interested superpower $ FT / François Heisbourg

Eurozone recovery hangs in balance $ FT / Ralph Atkins

Senators wage battle over Bush's tax plan AP via Boston Globe / Mary Dalrymple

Online Extra: "Economists Suffer from Physics Envy" Business Week via MSNBC

Merrill Gives Up Fund Unit in Swap With BlackRock Bloomberg / Greg Cresci

Municipal housing bonds face IRS audit Bloomberg via Arizona Republic

Oil prices drop below $58 per barrel AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Brad Foss

Hewlett-Packard Profit Rises; Forecast Tops Estimates Bloomberg / Connie Guglielmo

Applied Materials profit beats estimates Reuters via CNN

Dow Average Rises to 4-Year High as Oil Overshadows Bernanke Bloomberg / Hilary Johnson

Suspected price-fixing in the air-cargo business $ The Economist

Home prices posted solid gains in 2005 CNN / Les Christie

NV: Las Vegas sees condo demand as some projects fail Reuters / Ilaina Jonas and Deena Beasley

US taxable money funds report $12.8 bln outflows Reuters

Bernanke Sees Economy Growing in 2006 AP via Chicago Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Fed's Bernanke sees price risks BBC News

Mexico 4th-Qtr GDP Slowed to 2.7% on Sluggish Demand Bloomberg / Patrick Harrington

Testimony: Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Semiannual Monetary Policy Report Federal Reserve Board

Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Federal Reserve Board

New Fed chief says rates may need to rise further FT / Andrei Postelnicu

Bernanke Tells Congress Fed May Need to Raise Rates Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Fed chief's debut may be anticlimactic Dallas Morning News / Danielle DiMartino

Some hope Vonage IPO is tonic for tech recovery Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Wednesday Gold Coin Prices AP via NJ Post

Oil futures up despite rising supplies AP via NJ Post

Here's the U.S. deficit, but where's the yelling? Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Fake products cost U.S. economy up to $250 billion a year Dallas Morning News / Cheryl Hall

Metro home price gains soar to record USA Today / Noelle Knox

Bernanke, in Testimony, May Resist What's Popular in Congress Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Kentucky Ruling Targets How States Tax Muni Bonds Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

T. Rowe's Conelius Buys Iraq Debt as Emerging-Market Rally Ebbs Bloomberg / Andrew J. Barden

Both good and bad news Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

GM Management Gets Lion's Share of Blame, Not UAW Bloomberg / Doron Levin

Hey, 11K! (again) NY Post / Suzanne McGee

SEC Aims to Stiffen Spineless Pay Consultants Bloomberg / Graef Crystal

Industrial Production in U.S. Probably Rose for a Fourth Month Bloomberg / Joe Richter

Credit Suisse Profit Rises, Missing Analyst Estimates Bloomberg / Alice Ratcliffe

SEC Case Hinges On Flipping Knight Trader NY Post / Roddy Boyd

Meet the Man Who Is Bringing Asia Together Bloomberg / William Pesek Jr.

UK: Drop in inflation increases chances of rate cut Guardian / Ashley Seager

Why oil will hit $100 a barrel BBC News / Nils Blythe

Hot Niche in the Rental Market: Housing for the Elderly NY Times / Terry Pristin

What Fuel Bills? U.S. Consumers Still Spending NY Times / Vikas Bajaj and Michael Barbaro

China May Be Branded a Manipulator as Treasury Assesses Markets Bloomberg / Rich Miller

The Strength of the Dollar Safehaven / Hans F. Sennholz

China plans to double air traffic with 100 new aircraft a year Guardian / Jonathan Watts

Taiwan: US harms itself when criticizing Taiwan Taipei Times / Chin Heng-wei

The second generation of the Internet has arrived. It's worse than you think. Daily Standard / Andrew Keen

Crude Oil Falls a Fourth Day as Stockpiles May Have Increased Bloomberg / Hector Forster

Dollar Gains on Speculation Fed to Keep Raising Interest Rate Bloomberg / Chris Young and Kosuke Goto

ECB Is Wrong to Stamp on Europe's Property Boom Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Australia: Commonwealth Bank Net Rises 17% on Loans to Companies  Bloomberg / Kevin Foley