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In 2007, mortgage insurance will be tax-deductible via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Holden Lewis

Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Gain in Four Months on Growth Outlook Bloomberg / Min Zeng

Searching for the Stars Among Fund Managers Reuters via NY Times

Cuts in incentives upset 3M supervisors Minneapolis Star Tribune / Dee DePass

Inflation lull may be sign of trouble ahead Chicago Tribune / William Sluis

MD: Having saturated suburbs, retailers ease back to cities Baltimore Sun / Andrea K. Walker

Fed stays adamant on possible rate hikes, no sign of rate cut Northwest Indiana Times / Walt Breitinger

Treasuries Fall a 2nd Straight Week as Fed Holds Rates Steady Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Elizabeth Stanton

European Bonds Log Second Weekly Drop; ECB Signals Rate Rises Bloomberg / Aaron Pan

Hard Rock developer sues advisor Miami Herald / Patrick Danner

After Shortage, Vaccine for Flu Goes Unused NY Times / Andrew Pollack

Some homeowners hire professionals to string the lights and put up elaborate displays AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Oskar Garcia

UK: Much gnashing of teeth as pre-Christmas rally vanquishes the stock market bears Independent / Jeremy Warner

Australia: Balancing the bouncing bubble Sydney Morning Herald / Ian Macfarlane


NC: Speculators pan for real estate gold Charlotte News and Observer / Fred Kelly

Silver lining in dollar's cloud Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / John Schmid

New front in US backdating scandal $ FT / Francesco Guerrera

How ho-hum will 2007 be? Take a guess St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Paulson, Bernanke Strike Out Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis via Safehaven / Mike Shedlock

Why the Fed Won't Lower Rates TradingTheCharts via Safehaven / Oroborean

Spending Probably Accelerated Last Month: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

Economic reports this week to suggest economy expanding Marketwatch

When Goldman makes a mint, the mint loses its shirt NY Post / Terry Keenan

Spin cycle Marketwatch / John Spence

Santa -- or Grinch -- arrives Thursday with Philly index report Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Don't count the fourth-quarter out yet Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Time to step back to examine overall risks, opportunities Richmond Times Dispatch / Bob Rayner

Signs show 2007 isn't the time to retire from stocks Chicago Tribune / Janet Kidd Stewart

Kansas City Board of Trade finally getting noticed Kansas City Star / Mark Davis

It's not just about double-digit returns LA Times / Tom Petruno

The Best Defense Forbes / Richard Lehmann

Tax jolt around corner for some McClatchy via Sacramento Bee / Kevin G. Hall and Margaret Talev

Congress Revives Popular Deductions Wall Street Journal

CA: Economic tug of war Orange County Register / Jonathan Lansner

NJ: Rutgers economist sees trouble for N.J. economy Gannett News via Home News Tribune / Brandon Lausch

The world can still prosper as the dollar slides Independent / Rob Holgate

Goldman’s Season to Reward and Shock NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin

A Time to Hunt for Bargains NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

A Push to Fix the Fix on Wall Street NY Times / Stephen Labaton

In a Merger Wave, a Dangerous Undertow for Stocks Marketwatch via NY Times / Mark Hulbert

Santa's job is changing fast Newsday / Patricia Kitchen

Euro still shining in the east Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart

UK: The bliss of economic boredom Guardian – Observer / William Keegan


Consumer debt high, but there's more to the story Richmond Times Dispatch / Christine Chmura

Agencies Propose Joint Rules to Implement the Bank Broker Provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Federal Reserve Board

Get Ready For A Red-Hot Proxy Season Forbes / John Warner

Oracle earnings head upward CNN / David Ellis

Homebuilder sentiment slips in December Reuters via CNN

N.Y. Stock Exchange is going global LA Times / Walter Hamilton and Tom Petruno

Will the US Dollar Collapse? Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

Give me back Clarence, the guardian angel Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

US Treasury reaped $84.82 bln in taxes on Dec. 15 Reuters / David Lawder

TREASURIES-US bond prices edge up in year-end trade Reuters / John Parry

Ford debt panics stockholders Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Karen Richardson

Small Caps Take Big Hit Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao

Former Fannie Mae executives charged in accounting scheme AFP via Yahoo

AT&T Merger Delayed Again Forbes / Dan Frommer

Commodities may still be a good bet, the pros say, but only in moderation Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Pete A. McKay

US deficit heading towards record BBC News

The private-money world opens up Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Eleanor Laise and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan

Treasurys rise ahead of inflation, housing Marketwatch / Wanfeng Zhou

After the buyout boom: The bust? CNN / Jessica Seid Dickler

Oil market $ FT / Lex

Holding out to the holiday end CNN / Parija B. Kavilanz

Citigroup touches all-time high Marketwatch / Steve Gelsi

Inflation Uncertainty Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

A Tale of Two Tiers Morgan Stanley / David Greenlaw

Fiscal Outlook Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman

Business Conditions - Bouncing Along the Bottom Morgan Stanley / Shital Patel and Richard Berner

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Bond Morgan Stanley / Joachim Fels

A Puzzle Inside a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma Morgan Stanley / Manoj Pradhan

Stocks Climb on Flurry of Deals AP via Forbes / Joe Bel Bruno

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Whither Chief Executives? Forbes / Paul Maidment

Weathering The Housing Storm Forbes / Tom Van Riper

Do Economists Agree on Climate Change? Yes Tech Central Station / Robert Whaples

Stock Strategists Raise Alarms With Unanimous Call for Rally Bloomberg / Daniel Hauck

Dollar falls vs. yen, flat vs. euro Marketwatch / Wanfeng Zhou

U.S. current account widens in third quarter Reuters

U.S. Trade Deficit Soars to Record AP via Newsday / Martin Crutsinger

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

FL: Foreclosure figures tell state's sad story South Florida Sun Sentinel / Paul Owers

Oil Prices Fall After Last Week's Highs Newsday

More cream for the fat cats Fortune via CNN / Justin Fox

Will bond bump upset Santa rally's sleigh? Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Dirty Wall Street Secret: Hedge Funds of Funds Pay T-Bill Rates Bloomberg / Katherine Burton and Christine Harper

Fed ponders which way economy is likely to go Richmond Times Dispatch / Heiko D. Wijnholds

Treasury Rally Triggers Mortgage Refinancing, May Spark Gains Bloomberg / Michael McDonald

Japanese Bonds Lure JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank as Omi Cuts Sales Bloomberg / Issei Morita and Wes Goodman

Metals Evoke Bear Market as Production Gains, Hedge Funds Sell Bloomberg / Claudia Carpenter and Christopher Donville

Beware false dawns... Germany's renaissance has boosted Europe, but a US slowdown could hurt Independent / Stephen King

Booms, Busts and Bombs That Colored Asia's 2006 Bloomberg / William Pesek



Spread too thinly The Economist

TX: Area homes predicted to appreciate 4% in '07 Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

The Mortgage Bust Goes On Forbes / Matthew Swibel

NASD Says Morgan Stanley Withheld Emails AP via Newsday

A Year-End Wrap-Up of the Economy and a Peek Ahead Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas / Richard W. Fisher

Fisher Says Rate Rise May Be Needed to Slow Inflation Bloomberg / Steve Matthews and Vivien Lou Chen

Dow eyes another record CNN

Crude futures climb, close above $63 a barrel Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

In Lost Productivity Lew Rockwell / Tony Kondaks

Morgan Stanley $ FT / Lex

Paulson Declines to Designate China as a Currency Manipulator Bloomberg / Matt Benjamin and Alison Fitzgerald

U.S. Stocks Fall as Inflation Gauge Tops Forecast; Oracle Drops Bloomberg / Allen Wan

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Not exactly the risk they had in mind Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Dollar loses ground versus euro AP via Beaufort Gazette

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Fed’s Plan is Clear – And Clearly Wrong NY Post / John Crudele

Full Steam Ahead for Texas Ports Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas / José Joaquín López and Keith R. Phillips

U.S. November Producer Prices Jump 2%; Core Up 1.3% Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

U.S. Housing Starts Rose 6.7% in November to 1.588 Million Pace Bloomberg / Bob Willis

10 housing markets ready for a fall Fortune via CNN

Circuit City Has Third-Quarter Loss; Shares Decline Bloomberg / Mark Clothier

Delta Air Lines Rejects US Airways Hostile Merger Bid Bloomberg / Mary Schlangenstein

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Big Losers Bloomberg / John Dorfman

Euronext Shareholders Approve NYSE Offer AP via NY Times

Morgan Stanley to spin off Discover Reuters via CNN

Does Alpha-Beta Spell `The End' for Mutual Funds? Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Sweet home sales in luxury market Chicago Tribune / Mary Umberger

Why are heating costs high? AP via Cincinnati Enquirer Brad Foss

U.S. Current Account Deficit - Foreign Investors Making It Up On Volume? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Extra Care With GICs Bond Buyer / Matthew Hanson

Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein Is Eligible for $87 Million Bonus Bloomberg / Miles Weiss

Fannie Mae Ex-Officers Sued by U.S. NY Times / Eric Dash

BOJ Keeps Rates Unchanged as It Awaits Economic Data Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya and Mayumi Otsuma

Japan Cuts Economic Growth Forecast for Fiscal 2006 Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya


America’s elite is pulling further ahead $ FT / Krishna Guha and Francesco Guerrera

A Dim Forecast for Risky Mortgages Washington Post / Kirstin Downey

CA: Subprime lending trips up borrowers Oakland Tribune / Eve Mitchell

Transatlantic exchange $ FT / John Authers

Thailand: Economists fear long-term damage to growth FT / Amy Kazmin

Global Macro Themes Pimco / Andrew Balls

Producer price rise won't move Fed Asia Times / Peter Morici

Rising Inventories and Price Cuts = Bottom of the Housing Recession? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

CO: Cancellations mounting at DIA Rocky Mountain News / Chris Walsh

NV: Economist: Growth will slow Las Vegas Review Journal / Jennifer Robison

Why Be An Economist? To Be Happy, That's Why Ludwig von Mises Institute / Walter Block

Company Borrowing Converges on Few Banks / Stephen Taub

Bush backs minimum-wage hike Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Beware Progressive Compromise National Review / Peter Ferrara

Dow down 7 on lackluster FedEx forecast AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Joe Bel Bruno

The Telcos Get A Gift Forbes / Jessica Holzer

CEOs must find option to replace greed Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Gold and Deflation Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Dollar Bashing Daily Reckoning / Dan Denning

Do Bonds Span Volatility Risk in the U.S. Treasury Market? pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Hedge Funds: An Industry in Its Adolescence Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / William K.H. Fung and David A. Hsieh

Hedge Funds: Creators of Risk? pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Gerald P. Dwyer Jr.

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Treasurys little changed; technicals in focus Marketwatch / Leslie Wines

TREASURIES-Prices edge down on caution ahead of data Reuters / John Parry

Billion Chillin’ NY Post / Paul Tharp

UK: Bank unanimous over rate freeze BBC News

ECB president warns of inflation risks AP via Beaufort Gazette / Matt Moore

Groundhog Day' Reruns Come Back to Haunt Muniland Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Mortgage Applications Decrease in This Week’s Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

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

MD: Foreclosure headed for sharp rise, report says Baltimore Sun / Jamie Smith Hopkins

Study Predicts Foreclosure for 1 in 5 Subprime Loans NY Times / Ron Nixon

Oil prices rise before inventory report AP via Houston Chronicle

Euro Trades Near Record High Versus Yen After Trichet Comments Bloomberg / Min Zeng and Agnes Lovasz

FedEx Profit Rises on Fuel Charge and Global Growth Bloomberg / Mary Schlangenstein

Dow's highs keep coming AP via Newsday

US Senate clearing way for action on China FT / Eoin Callan


Techs Lose Four In A Row Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao

Has Housing Bottomed In the US? Data and Fifth Grade Math Says NO Prophet of Doom and Gloom via Safehaven / Jas Jain

Better news coming for I Savings Bonds Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Downgrades hit ‘subprime’ mortgage bonds $ FT / Saskia Scholtes

What separates a financial pro from an electronic fortune teller? Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

Base metals hit by copper price decline Marketwatch

Thousands of Holiday Travelers Stranded AP via Newsday / Brad Foss

Glimmers of hope for entrepreneurs in 2007 CNN / Jessica Seid Dickler

Treasury Bond Prices Down Slightly AP via Houston Chronicle

Dow Ends Down 43 on Manufacturing News AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Tim Paradis

The 'foreclosure factories' vise Business Week via MSNBC / Mara Der Hovanesian

Rates on 30-year mortgages up slightly for second week AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel

CA: Tough housing market likely to continue into new year Sacramento Bee / Jim Wasserman

Economic Growth Slows to 2 Percent Pace AP via Chicago Tribune / Jeannine Aversa

California leads U.S. in layoffs Orange County Register / Mary Ann Milbourn

Xmas Price Index $ FT / John Autuhers

Deutsche Bank in $208m fund settlement $ FT / Ben White

UK: Economic growth accelerates in 2006 Guardian / Larry Elliott

Americans spend every cent - and more CNN / Chris Isidore

FDIC Outlook - Fall 2006 pdf FDIC

Too soon to say inflation has turned -Fed's Lacker Reuters

Philadelphia Fed's Factory Index Fell to Minus 4.3 Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Economic Outlook Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Jeffrey M. Lacker

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

December 2006 Economic Trends pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Chicago Fed National Activity Index pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Unemployment Insurance and the Uninsured pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

TREASURIES-Prices up on soft manufacturing, terror 'chatter' Reuters / Ellen Freilich

TX: Housing Market Trends in El Paso Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Stocks trudge to a higher open CNN

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. jobless claims up to 315,000 last week Reuters via CNN

U.S. Economy Grew at 2 Percent Pace, Slowest of Year Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Deficit Analysis Is a Two-Handed Job National Review / Thomas E. Nugent

Forget My Top 10 List. Here are Five Big Gripes Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Hybrid Bond Sales Surge on LBO Concerns, Yield Demand Bloomberg / Caroline Salas

Loomis Bond Fund Managers Shun Dollar Debt for Canada, Brazil Bloomberg / Oliver Ludwig

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

U.S. third-quarter GDP growth revised down Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Holiday online sales surge to $20.6B CNN / Parija B. Kavilanz

Feds giving Fidelity a Pass in Influence Probe NY Post / John Crudele

Ford Expects to Fall Soon to No. 3 Spot NY Times / Micheline Maynard

Gold stays rangebound reflecting dollar's lack of movement AFX via Forbes

The Cautious U.S. Boom in Oil Shale NY Times / Clifford Krauss

I.R.S. Is Spending Less Time Scrutinizing Big Businesses NY Times / David Cay Johnston

Juniper hit with $900m backdating charge FT / Kevin Allison

Bush Supports Democrats' Minimum Wage Hike Plan Washington Post / Michael A. Fletcher and Jonathan Weisman

Bank of Korea Cuts Limit on Aggregate Loans to Banks Bloomberg / Kim Kyoungwha

Bonds, Stocks, Gold Can't All Subsist in Nirvana Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Bush's move to supersize US military Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

New Congress to toughen oversight Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Japan's Export Growth Quickens, Trade Surplus Widens Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

N.Z. Economic Growth Less Than Central Bank Forecast Bloomberg / Tracy Withers



A Private-Company GAAP for 2007? / Sarah Johnson

Sub-Prime Disaster in the Making Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Making the grade -- or not! Marketwatch / Herb Greenberg

IRS gives advice on 3 new deductions AP via Houston chronicle / Jim Abrams

2007: Return of the dot-com IPO? CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Global media rivals end battle with swap deal Guardian / Andrew Clark

UK: George Orwell Was Right: Spy Cameras See Britons' Every Move Bloomberg / Nick Allen

It's the Fed. Vs. the markets in 2007's main event Marketwatch / Dr. Irwin Kellner

The man who saw the futures Fortune via CNN / Oliver Ryan

Santa rally slipping away CNN

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Walgreen 1Q profit surges 25 percent AP via Houston Chronicle

Treasurys drop after November orders data Marketwatch / Nick Godt & Leslie Wines

Overshadowed Agenda: GIC, Swap Investigations Likely to Dominate Bond Buyer / Lynn hume

Iceland Ratings Lowered by S&P; Krona, Bonds Tumble Bloomberg / Tasneem Brogger

Infidelities NY Post / Janet Whitman

Fast-growing states: Arizona overtakes Nevada CNN / Les Christie

NY: Seventh Heaven ABN Amro is Next Tenant for 7 WTC NY Post / Steve Cuozzo

Oil prices inch up a day after big drop AP via Houston Chronicle / George Jahn

US RATE FUTURES-Inch up on mild Nov core PCE reading Reuters

US durable goods orders rose 1.9 pct in Nov Reuters

US incomes, spending rise in November Reuters

Whitacre's Way Forbes / Dennis Kneale

Housing Lag Contributed to Lethargic Economic Growth in 3rd Quarter NY Times / Jeremy W. Peters

In era of sharing, hedge funds keep to own devices Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Incentives on Oil Barely Help U.S., Study Suggests NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Oil May Rise as OPEC Reductions Curb Supplies, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Bernanke on tightrope in 2007 Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Delta's Plan Shows `Tax-Exempt' Isn't `Municipal' Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Top economists answer 10 burning questions Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

How now, Dow? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Toyota May Surpass GM in 2007 With Record Car Sales Bloomberg / Kae Inoue and Tetsuya Komatsu

$42M apology: Ned says Fidelity will pay in gift flap Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

The United States is Insolvent End of Money via Lew Rockwell

Bank of Japan Shouldn't Hesitate to Raise Rates, Member Said Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

Yen Heads for Third Week of Losses Before BOJ Releases Minutes Bloomberg / Chris Young and Kosuke Goto

UK: Tax burden on wages climbs to the highest since records began London Times / Gabriel Rozenberg

S. Korea Has `Unlimited Resources' to Stabilize Won Bloomberg / Seyoon Kim


Christmas' arrival doesn't signal the end of holiday shopping USA Today / Jayne O'Donnell

A Winter's Tale Washington Post / Dina ElBoghdady

'Pay option' loans putting many on the edge LA Times via Houston Chronicle / David Streitfeld

Greed gives extra lift to airline deals Denver Post / Al Lewis

U.S. Stocks Have Worst Weekly Drop in 5 Months as Growth Slows Bloomberg / Michael Tsang

Treasuries Fall for Third Week on Consumer Confidence, Housing Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

Euro Posts Weekly Gain as Traders Lift Bets on ECB Rate Boost Bloomberg / Annie Pinkert

CA: Overtime Gives Prison Guards Fat Salary LA Times

Dining With Scrooge Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Ford’s fate rides with CEO Wall Street Journal via Kansas City Star / Monica Langley

Saudi King cancels planned gasoline price rise Reuters via San Diego Union Tribune

KS: Gift-buying dash is running later Kansas City Star / Joyce Smith

FL: Area's jobless rates increase Palm Beach Post / Jeff Ostrowski

Md. jobless rate improves Baltimore Sun / Jamie Smith Hopkins

CA: Valley unemployment creeps upward Modesto Bee

Love for trains often gains steam with age AP via Detroit News / Michael Tarm

Merrill Fixed Bidding: Suit NY Post / Paul Tharp

European Bonds Decline for Third Week on Interest-Rate Outlook Bloomberg / Anchalee Worrachate

Title may spell trouble for Toyota Chicago Tribune / Robert Manor

Google Passes Yahoo as Second Most-Visited Web Site Bloomberg / Jonathan Thaw

Goodyear, strikers reach tentative deal AP via Houston chronicle / M.R. Kropko

MA: Census sparks concern: Population growth stagnant Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald


From a factory in Asia to 'wrapped under your tree' in just six weeks Independent / Tim Webb

No presents for economy in this week's data Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Penalties not likely on bonds Newsday / Lynn Brenner

SC: 'A preventable disaster' The State / Jim DuPlessis

Citigroup Economist: The World's A Placid Place Forbes / Jessica Holzer

Classic Dickens tale would be different today Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

'Window dressing' is fund fakery Philadelphia Inquirer / Jeff Brown

Wall Street set to close year quietly AP via St. Petersburg Times / Tim Paradis

Aramark follows hot trend of '06: Going private Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Hong Kong sprints past New York for IPOs AP via MSNBC

Rising supplies could crimp Big Oil's profits during 2007 AP via Chicago Tribune / Brad Foss

Returns: Up to a third of items go back Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Heather Landy

MO: Just how bad is it? Well, that depends St. Lois Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

FL: Rental rates may moderate in '07 Miami Herald / Matthew Haggman

Conspiracy Theories on Oil Prices are Bunk NY Post / John Crudele

Stocks seen in choppy trading in last week of 2006 Marketwatch / Carla Mozee

U.S. Retailers' Holiday Sales May Rise 5% on Late Shopping Bloomberg / Cotten Timberlake

Housing Market in U.S. May Be Stabilizing: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

MN: State can't keep up with mortgage fraud St. Paul Pioneer Press / Jennifer Bjorhus

N.Y. stays hot as Hub cools: Apple leads in housing, jobs Boston Herald / Scott Van Voorhis

MD: This business of Christmas Baltimore Sun / Hanah Cho and Tyeesha Dixon

Probability of slowdown may turn out to be just a theory Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

Economic Calendar Wall Street Journal

Wall Street lifted by what didn't happen LA Times / Tom Petruno

Climbing profits may switch to slower track Chicago Tribune / Gail MarksJarvis

New AOL CEO restructures management once again AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Anick Jesdanun

A drop in interest rates brings refi plans back into the picture LA Times / Kenneth R. Harney

Congress' review of taxes could end up costing consumers LA Times / Lew Sichelman

Talk the Talk: Financial Buzz Words of '07 Wall Street Journal / Diana Ransom and Jaclyne Badal

As toys get pricier, grown-ups pay up LA Times / Abigail Goldman

Can Private Equity Build a Public Face? NY Times / Charles Duhigg

The Hedge Kings Are Rich, but Will They Be Noble? NY Times / Ben Stein

UK: High times for top retailers as City boys spend their bonuses Guardian – Observer / Nick Mathiason

Gender Pay Gap, Once Narrowing, Is Stuck in Place NY Times / David Leonhardt



Shenanigans and Shambles Daily Reckoning / Mogambo Guru

Banking wish list for 2007 Marketwatch / Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine

FL: Home sale situation a bit less bad Palm Beach Post / Linda Rawls

Putting the Economics Back in Christmas Ludwig von Mises Institute / Robert P. Murphy

Shift in Congress Puts Health Care Back on the Table Washington Post / Christopher Lee

Pink Slips are Piling Up for Those Naughty CEOS NY Post / Paul Tharp

Holiday excess is nothing new AP via St. :Paul Pioneer Press / Matt Crenson

Glut of attractive businesses spurs big year for mergers, acquisitions Seattle Times / Tricia Duryee

Merger vaults Sprint Nextel to top spot in rankings Kansas City Star / Jason Gertzen

Best stock sector bets in 2007 Reuters via CNN

Post-Holiday Sales Could Cheer Retailers AP via Baltimore Sun / Anne D’Innocenzio

Dollar May Rise on Speculation Growth to Prevent Fed Rate Cut Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Stanley White

China Says It Will Keep Currency Stable AP via Baltimore Sun / Scott McDonald

Sluggish Consumption Slows Japan Economy AP via Newsday / Hiroko Tabuchi

Hewlett-Packard, Recasting Itself, Is Looking Beyond PCs and Printers NY Times / Damon Darlin

Wall St. Bonuses: So Much Money, Too Few Ferraris NY Times / Jenny Anderson

Japan's Consumer Price Gains Probably Accelerated in November Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma


Manufacturing Forecast to Slow in 2007 AP via Forbes

It’s still down to George Bush The Economist

State of The States / Pamela M. Prah

Manufacturing Conditions Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

U.S. Holiday Sales Increase 3%, Less Than in 2005 Bloomberg / Heather Burke

A Mission for Further Economic Ruin Lew Rockwell / Vin Suprynowicz

Year-end reckoning Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

Small Gains in Light Trading / Mark Glassman

Sell Some of Your Losers Now and Revisit Them in February / James B. Stewart

Crude Oil Falls as Mild U.S. Weather Curbs Fuel Consumption Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

FL: Boom's retreat leaving cities in hole Miami Herald / Breanne Gilpatrick

The New Populism in Congress Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Democrats Pledge to Restrain Spending Washington Post / Lori Montgomery

Trouble down the line? AP via Washington Times / Brad Foss

'Our Most Powerful Engine of Production' Tech Central Station / Nick Schultz

Last-minute shopping surge comes up short CNN / Parija B. Kavilanz

Retailers Slash Prices After Christmas AP via Newsday / Anne D’Innocenzio

Bernanke, Fukui, Trichet May Fail King's `Boring' Test on Rates Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Matthew Benjamin

Treasury Gains Diminish as China, Central Bank Demand Cools Bloomberg / Michael McDonald

Treasuries Rise Amid Indications Holiday Spending Fell Short Bloomberg /  Elizabeth Stanton

TREASURIES-Yields steady in quiet holiday trade Reuters / Ellen Freilich

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Hammered Forbes / Bruce Upbin

CO: Homeowners' losses are others' gains Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi and Greg Griffin

NY: A year of for-sale signs Newsday / Tom Incantalupo

Horror Show for The Movie Houses NY Post / Paul Tharp

An Economy of Extremes NY Times / Eduardo Porter

The looking glass world Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Last-Minute Shopping Falls Short NY Times / Michael / Barbaro

Ex-Trader Tells Story as a Warning NY Times / Eamon Quinn

Is the Soft Landing Threatened? Fundamental Trader alert via Safehaven / Mark McMillan

Japan's Bonds Gain; Reports Fail to Boost Odds on Higher Rates Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

2007 Seen as a Potentially ‘Defining Year’ for the Current Round of

Global Trade Talks NY Times / John Zarocostas

Japan's Inflation Rises, Jobless Falls to 8-Year Low Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma and Jason Clenfield

Gold May Rise as Investors Seek Alternative to Dollar Assets Bloomberg / Pham-Duy Nguyen

Oil Rises After Iran Vows to Defy UN Sanctions on Nuclear Work Bloomberg / Hector Forster

Yen Falls as Reports Fail to Boost Odds for BOJ Rate Increase Bloomberg / Stanley White and Ron Harui


Depression extended by policy fumbles Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

T. Rowe Price manager likes Delta Electronics, Ubisoft Entertainment, IDT Inc. Marketwatch / Rex Crum

Mutual-fund stock investors renew interest in U.S. Marketwatch / Murray Coleman

Curb your enthusiasm about housing recovery Business Week via MSNBC

Bank Loans Lure KKR, Carlyle With Junk-Bond Returns Bloomberg / Harris Rubinroit

Long fuse of dollar crisis will be lit in 2007 Guardian / William Keegan

Canada: Economist sees 'significant' slowdown CP via Globe and Mail

Cast of Thousands Dominates Muni Market, Says IRS Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Growing wiser $ FT / Lex

Index Funds $ FT / John Authers

US manufacturers step up pressure on trade FT / Eoin Callan

Gains in U.S. Stocks May Extend Into 2007 on Rates, Takeovers Bloomberg / Nick Baker

Dow tops 12,500 - a record CNN / Alexandra Twin

Euro notes cash in to overtake dollar FT / Ralph Atkins

Yen Drop Confounds Analysts as `Carry Trade' Lures Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Chicago Fed Midwest factory activity rises in Nov Reuters

Midwest Manufacturing Output Rises in November pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Dow at record over 12,500; home builders help Reuters / Jennifer Coogan

Treasuries Yields Reach Six-Week High as New Home Sales Rise Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Ahead, Slow But Steady Bond Buyer / Nicole M. Smith

New Jersey Orders Municipal Bond Firms to Disclose Subpoenas Bloomberg / Adam L. Cataldo

New homes sales: Back from the dead? CNN / Chris Isidore

Home prices rise, but pace is slow AP via Kansas City Star / Vinee Tong

Stocks Extend Year-End Rally / Mark Glassman

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Dim Holi-Daze NY Post / Paul Tharp

Getting the 2007 Dollar Right National Review / John Tamny

For ETFs, party's just getting started Marketwatch / John Spence

Contrarians again betting on gold Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Goldilocks vs. Gold National Review / Jerry Bowyer

Promises to Keep Tech Central Station / Richard Weitz

Of Public Debt and Private Wealth Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Will Democrats Rein in Earmarks? National Review / Phil Kerpen

DC: Immigrants' Jobs Vanish With Housing Slowdown Washington Post / Nick Miroff

Central Banks Will Give Less of the Same in 2007 Bloomberg / John M. Berry

US home loan demand plunges to near 5-month low Reuters / Julie Haviv

Economy remains fragile as 2007 begins MSNBC / John W. Schoen

Home sales sink in November: 14-year low reached Boston Herald / Jerry Kronenberg

New-Home Sales in U.S. Probably Rose Last Month Bloomberg / Bob Willis

U.S. Retailers' Holiday Sales Gains May Trail 2005 Bloomberg / Heather Burke

Bulls to continue year-end run CNN

Pipeline rupture causes offshore oil spill AP via Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Inflation Fizzle Rivals Democrats' Win as Year's Big Surprise Bloomberg / Peter Robison

Pound Set for Biggest Annual Gain Since 1990 on Rates, Reserves Bloomberg / Aaron Pan

Liberals, libertarians - a match? Philadelphia Inquirer / Andrew Cassel

Under The Capitol Christmas Tree Forbes / Ashlea Ebeling



You really hate your bonds, so why not dump them? USA Today / John Waggoner

The Winner’s Curse Pimco / Emanuele Ravano

MD: House values in Md. up 18.7% Baltimore Sun / Larry Carson

AT&T Compromise May Get Merger Approved AP via Orlando Sentinel / John Dunbar

Nasdaq to close Tuesday; NYSE too? CNN

Apple: Is Jobs' job on the line? CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Spiraling inflation, high oil prices, joblessness challenged president Baltimore Sun / William Sluis

Survey of Tenth District Manufacturing Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

US Midwest business activity recovers in December Reuters / Ros Krasny

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Treasuries Fall After Unexpectedly Strong U.S. Economic Reports Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

FL: Home sales hotter, just not here St. Petersburg times / James Thorner

Reverse mortgages turn home equity into income Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Jeff D. Opdyke

Bernanke Recovers From Missteps to Earn Inflation Credibility Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Craig Torres

Christmas Is Over. Let the Sales Angst Begin Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Treasurys fall on stronger-than-expected data Marketwatch / Wanfeng Zhou

U.S. jobless claims inch higher Reuters via CNN

Employment rate holding steady as economy slows, U.S. report says AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel

Wages are expected to rise 3.5% LA Times / Molly Selvin

Chicago PMI rises to higher-than-expected 52.4 in December Marketwatch / Ciara Linnane

U.S. consumer confidence rises unexpectedly in December Marketwatch / Jeffry Bartash

Bill Miller's 15-Year Streak of Beating S&P 500 Comes to an End Bloomberg / Danielle Kost

Wall St. Facing an ’07 Case of Déjà Vu NY Post / John Crudele

U.S. Existing Home Sales Rose 0.6% in November to 6.28 Mln Rate Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Housing Bears May Just Have It Right for 2007 Bloomberg / Gene Sperling

Dollar pares losses after stronger-than-expected data Marketwatch / Wanfeng Zhou

Oil prices remain above $60 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle

U.S. steel imports may hit record in 2006 AP via Houston Chronicle / Christopher S. Rugaber

Big Year Means Big Bonuses Bond Buyer / Matthew Hanson

Dollar May Weaken Before U.S. Consumer and Home Sales Reports Bloomberg / Chris Young and Stanley White

GOP corporate allies in Congress's cross hairs Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

It’s Free, Plentiful and Fickle NY Times / Matthew L. Wald

It's not yet time to heed the prophets of doom. Markets are due one more good year yet Independent / Jeremy Warner

We must embrace change if we want to keep being successful Independent / Stephen King

Jobs stock options ‘not approved by board’ FT / Richard Waters

Oil Is Little Changed Near 1-Month Low on Mild U.S. Weather Bloomberg / Gavin Evans and Hector Forster

Japanese Bonds Fall on Speculation Demand for Exports Will Rise Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane

Japan's Industrial Production Advances 0.7% to Record Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

South Korea Posts Record Current Account Surplus Bloomberg / Kim Kyoungwha


IL: 2007: The year ahead Chicago Sun Times / Celeste Busk

MA: Selling time for homes hits record Boston Herald / Jerry Kronenberg

NYBOT-NYMEX duel over trading floor NY Post / Zachery Kouwe

U.S. high-grade, junk issuance break records Reuters

Ringing in higher prices at the pump San Antonio Express News / Vicki Vaughan

Pundits Misread Bonds in '06 and They'll Flub Stocks in '07 / Donald Luskin

States Feeling Optimistic Bond Buyer / Andrew Ackerman

Fed roster switch being watched with hawk's eyes Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Real Estate and the Post-Crash Economy Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

After Smart '06 Bets, Fed May Enjoy Rest Investor’s Business Daily / Kirk Shinkle

Opposites Pull Together in Overhauling Mercantile Exchange NY Times / Michael J. de la Merced

Regulators approve AT&T-BellSouth merger AP via MSNBC

Korea: Economy Faces Downside Risk South Korea Times / Lee Hyo-sik

Amaranth's fall sparks multi-strategy debate Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Global Price Dispersion: Are Prices Converging or Diverging? pdf Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Bonds: an alternative to stocks in a 2007 slowdown Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Treasury Bonds Finish Last Day '06 Lower AP via Forbes

Oil Prices End 2006 Where They Started AP via Forbes / Brad Foss

Securities Fraud Lawsuits Fall to 10-Year Low in 2006 Bloomberg / Bob Van Voris

TX: High foreclosure rates likely to stick around Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram / Andrea Jares

Treasuries Headed for Four-Week Slide, Longest in 16 Months Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton and Agnes Lovasz

Toys `R' Us Bondholders Reward Storch for Profits Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Caroline Salas

Gauge of U.S. economy falls in latest week – ECRI Reuters

U.S. newspaper help-wanted ads unchanged in November Reuters

New York City economy improves in December:NY-NAPM Reuters

Wall Street's Spin-Meisters are at it Again Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks creep higher CNN / Alexandra Twin

U.S. stock market shrinks by $600 billion Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

Putnam Investments sold for $3.9 billion MSNBC

U.S. May Finally Warm Up to Toll-Road Sales in 2007 Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise for third straight week AP via Contra Costa Times / Martin Crutsinger

Homeowners Cut Prices, Drawing Some Buyers Back NY Times / Jeremy W. Peters

US '07 economic outlook: slow growth, no recession Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Home sales, consumers' outlook rise in December AP via Myrtle Beach Sun / Martin Crutsinger

Oil prices remain above $60 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle

The Private Lives of Hedge Funds NY Times / Jenny Anderson

Bullish Mood for '07 Has Some People Feeling Bad Bloomberg / Chet Currier

Apple Restates Earnings Back to 2002 After Options Review Bloomberg / Connie Guglielmo

Pay Packages Allow Executives to Jump Ship With Less Risk NY Times / Julie Creswell

Poof! A Tax Credit Forbes / Janet Novack

German Consumer Confidence Falls for a Second Month Bloomberg / Gabi Thesing

Oil May Rise on Falling U.S. Stockpiles, OPEC Production Cut Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Japan's Corporate Debt Sales Decline This Year on BOJ Rate Rise Bloomberg / Junko Fujita

Euro Heads for Biggest Yearly Gain Against Yen on Rate Outlook Bloomberg / Chris Young and Ron Harui

Australian Dollar Poised for Highest Yearly Close in a Decade Bloomberg / Chris Young


Interest rates, economic uncertainty leave bond-fund repeat in question Marketwatch / Rachel Koning Beals

U.S. Official Overseeing Oil Program Faces Inquiry NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Global stock funds warm investors in 2006 Marketwatch / Barbara Kollmeyer

CO: Buildings' tax values could soar Denver Post / Margaret Jackson

CO: 2006 a Croc pot filled with praise and cons Denver Post / Al Lewis

Treasuries Have Best Half-Year Since 2002 on Bets Fed to Cut Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

The Elliott Wave Pattern in Bonds Warns of a Recession in 2007 Technical Indicator Index via Safehaven / Robert McHugh

European Two-Year Bonds Have Biggest Annual Drop in Seven Years Bloomberg / Anchalee Worrachate and Gavin Finch

PA: Downtown ends '06 with realty boom Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Sam Spatter

Canada co. to buy Putnam: Mass layoffs unlikely in $3.9B deal Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

In '06, stock market banked on a soft landing Seattle Times / Drew DeSilver

AT&T closes largest telecommunications takeover in U.S. history AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / David Koenig

Computer Content On TV? Vice Versa? Just You Watch. Washington Post / Paul Farhi

Trend Spotting for 2007 Washington Post / Benny L. Kass

Compensation Experts Offer Ways to Help Curb Executive Salaries NY Times / Eric Dash



PA: Realtors name trends in housing for 2007 Allentown Morning Call / Beth W. Orenstein

AZ: Housing market cooled; affordability crisis remained Arizona Daily Sun / J. Ferguson

CA: Searching for bottom Sacramento Bee / Jim Wasserman

Investors hope Fed can sustain economy's momentum Dallas Morning News / Will Deener

Fearless forecasts forge on Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Housing bubble bust vindicates avid renters Wall Street Journal via Bradenton Herald / James R. Hagerty and George Anders

At 5% or so, CDs looking pretty tempting San Antonio Express Courier / Jeanie Wyatt

FL: Minimum wage hike helps little St. Petersburg Times / Robert Trigaux

Employment Growth Slowed in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Vince Golle

January Effect May Take a Year Off NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

Wheeling, Dealing and Reeling NY Times / Andrew Ross Sorkin

"Price Stability" in Inflationstan Safehaven / Paul Tolnai

Euro in widespread use outside EU AP via Houston Chronicle / Slobodan Lekic

Israel GDP up 5% in '06, above some revised views Marketwatch / Robert Daniel

U.S. economy running in place Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

A year in realty time LA Times / Diane Wedner, Ann Brenoff, Gayle Pollard-Terry

Housing Illusions NY Post / Terry Keenan

NC: It'll take a team to sell your home Charlotte Observer / Allen Norwood

Wall Street's 2007 stock forecast has a familiar ring LA Times / Tom Petruno

Surprises of '06 may bode well for '07 Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Where markets stand as the new year begins LA Times / Tom Petruno

Can rally roll on in 2007? AP via St. Paul Pioneer Press / Tim Paradis

Surprises Brewing for Market in 2007 Wall Street Journal / Gregory Zuckerman

What will make fund company news in 2007 Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

China to Maintain `Stable Currency Policy' Next Year Bloomberg / Wing-Gar Cheng and Ying Lou

Singapore Economic Growth Accelerated to 7.7% in 2006 Bloomberg / Shamim Adam

UK: What might blow in from the Atlantic? Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart