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Nervous Asian markets turn volatile Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Federal Reserve Plays Russian Roulette with US$ Sir Charts A lot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

Recession Talk Is Cheap National Review / David Gitlitz

Apartment rents jump as home prices plunge AP via Long Beach Press Telegram / Michael Liedtke

Still wide open The Economist

Canada: Big banks consider defying rate cut Globe and Mail / Heather Scoffield and Tara Perkins

Bernanke faces grilling on fiscal stimulus stance Reuters / Alister Bull

U.S. consumers strained by price surge last year Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Congress must act fast to fix economy – Experts CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Texas is biggest carbon polluter AP via Houston Chronicle / April Castro

U.S. stocks rally on talk of Federal Reserve intervention Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

Beige Book Federal Reserve Board

Fed Says Economy Slowed at Year-End, With Sales `Disappointing' Bloomberg / Steve Matthews

Economy still growing but at slower pace: Fed Reuters

The Poor, the Rich and the Enforcer: Institutional Choice and Growth pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas / Erwan Quintin, Thorsten Koeppl and Cyril Monnet

TIPS Might Just Cover Your Grocery Money Bloomberg / Jane Bryant Quinn

MBIA's Surplus Notes Plunge 12% on Capital Concerns Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

US taxable money market fund assets rise to record Reuters

Sentiment stays sullen for homebuilders nationally AP via Houston Chronicle

ECB's Mersch Urges Caution as Growth Risks Increase Bloomberg / Simone Meier and Stephanie Bodoni

Clinton Says Deteriorating Economy Creating `Anxiety' Bloomberg / Jonathan D. Salant and Peter Cook

Wells Fargo's profit falls 38% Marketwatch / John Spence

J.P. Morgan profit falls 34% on subprime exposure Marketwatch / Riley McDermid

Regional Economic Conditions FDIC

Fed's Communications Effort Blew Up in Its Face Bloomberg / John M. Berry

The Fed will calm a stormy market CNN / Michael Sivy

U.S. Sen Schumer: Bernanke supports fiscal stimulus Reuters

S&P Needs A Boost For Better ’08 Returns NY Post / john Crudele

Major Indexes Widen Losses / Mark Glassman

Refinancing Leads Jump In Mortgage Applications In Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Home loan demand surges to near four-year high Reuters / Julie Haviv

FL: Treasure Coast foreclosures top 5,000 in 2007 Palm Beach Post / Linda Rawls

Oil falls below $90 on surprise supply increase CNN

Ambac Will Cut Dividend, Raise $1 Billion in Capital Bloomberg / Christine Richard

FL: State suspends Allstate license to write new policies Palm Beach Post / Randy Diamond

US Republican candidates look to South Carolina Reuters / Steve Holland

Oil falls on US economic worries AP via Houston chronicle / George Jahn

Consumer prices see biggest rise in 17 years Reuters / Glenn Somerville

Recession Theorists Confront Recession Reality Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

U.S. Industrial Production Was Unchanged in December Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Stocks Trade Mixed After Intel Shortfall AP via Chicago Tribune / Leslile Wines

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Indexes Open Down, But Off Lows Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao

Regional U.S. Banks May Report Record Drop in Quarterly Profits Bloomberg / David Mildenberg

Wells Fargo Profit Declines as Overdue Loans Increase Bloomberg / David Mildenberg

JPMorgan 4Q Profit Falls 34 Percent AP via Forbes / Madlen Read

Citi's Standing Starts To Slip Amid Losses NY Sun / Julie Satow

Treasuries Fall on Higher-Than-Forecast Inflation, Production Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

Death Bonds Drub Corporate Debt as Insurers Get Subprime Lift Bloomberg / Oliver Suess

Buddy, Can You Spare a Billion? NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Treasuries Advance on Forecasts for Slowing in Consumer Prices Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Fitch Puts California On Watch Bond Buyer / Rich Saskal

Investors Show a Deepening Pessimism NY Times / Vikas Bajaj

Retail's 'Super Tuesday' had wet Wednesday in store Telegraph / Tom Stevenson

Asian Stocks Fall, Extending Global Rout; Banks Lead Decline Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho and Chan Tien Hin

Crude Oil Falls a Second Day on Concern U.S. Growth May Wane Bloomberg / Angela Macdonald-Smith

Dollar Falls to 2 1/2-Year Low Versus Yen on Credit Concerns Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Stanley White

In '08, a curtailed agenda for Congress Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

For election 08, youth voter turnout swells Christian Science Monitor / Alexandra Marks

Bush Prods Saudi Arabia on Oil Prices NY Times / Steven Lee Myers

UK: Inflation puts urgent rate cut in doubt Telegraph / Edmund Conway

UK: The real cost of living: how inflation could hurt us all Independent / Sean O'Grady

It's Scary We Know Nothing About Chindia Prices Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee


A long-time bull throws in the towel Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

What Could Stave Off a Recession Business Week / Michael Mandel

The Economy in 2008 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Dennis P. Lockhart

Great Moderations and U.S. Interest Rates: Unconditional Evidence Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / James M. Nason and Gregor W. Smith

Speeches & Testimony FDIC / Sheila C. Bair

Taxpayers who make 'frivolous' claims to avoid taxes are courting trouble Marketwatch / Eva Rosenberg

Stimulus and Superstition National Review / Louis R. Woodhill

CA: Deeper mortgage job cuts planned Contra Costa Times / George Avalos

Bernanke Is Mistaken for Paulson Before Congress Bloomberg / Vivien Lou Chen

Recession fears unsettle markets BBC News

Nintendo's Wii helps drive revenues in video-game industry LA Times / Alex Pham

Bush, Congress discuss $150 billion lift to economy Reuters / Donna Smith and Caren Bohan

Economy takes campaign spotlight Reuters / Jeff Mason

NYSE snaps up Amex, ending long rivalry AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Joe Bel Bruno

US junk bond funds report $144 mln outflow-AMG Reuters

MI: State's jobless rate up as workers flee Detroit News / Louis Aguilar

Finding default The Economist

The invasion of the sovereign-wealth funds The Economist

Small U.S. Stocks Fall; Russell 2000 Index Enters `Bear Market' Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Dow Ends Down 307, Economic Angst Mounts AP via Chicago Tribune / Tim Paradis

U.S. Stocks Tumble on Recession Concern, Merrill Lynch Loss Bloomberg /

Eric Martin

Is the Fed cutting rates too slowly? MSNBC / John W. Schoen

Bernanke Says Fiscal Stimulus Could Revive Expansion Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Scott Lanman

Hitting the spot The Economist

Bush wants rebates, business tax breaks AP via CNN

NC: Many in Charlotte area seeking help with bills Charlotte Observer / Nichole Monroe Bell

Selling sex The Economist

Affording Ivy The Economist

This is a very scary time to be an investor NY Post / John Crudele

Rival threats to the world economy The Economist

Bernanke Says Fiscal Stimulus `Could Be Helpful' Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Scott Lanman

Bernanke: Juice the economy 'quickly' CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Appraiser Exposes Toxic Debt Tie to Inflated Values Bloomberg / Sharon L. Lynch and Bob Ivry

Lender group reports 235,000 mortgages modified CNN

WaMu accused of appraisal fraud CNN / Stephen Gandel

Let the workers in The Economist

Treasuries Rise as Bernanke Says Fed Ready to Reduce Rates Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

U.S. Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Expands Third Week Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

Early Run-Up Wilts On Dour Report From The Fed Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

U.S. Stocks Drop on Merrill Loss, Decline in Philly Fed Index Bloomberg / Eric Martin

Merrill, Ambac Hurting Early Thursday Forbes / Steve Schaefer

What Does Goldman Know That We Don't? Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

Wall Street Bonuses Hit Record $39 Billion for 2007 Bloomberg / Christine Harper

Obama's Surging Black Support May Tilt South Carolina Primary Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

The economic outlook Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

A Policymaker's Perspective on the Economic Outlook Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland / Sandra Pianalto

Philadelphia Fed Bank's January Factory Index Falls Bloomberg / Bob Willis

For Fed, Less Is More Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Economy on lower growth track: Fed's Pianalto Reuters / Ros Krasny

Bernanke Seems Open to Stimulus Package AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

Mortgage meltdown: Now the rents CNN / Chris Isidore

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop Again AP via Forbes

Milk, eggs, whatever: It's costing you more McClatchy and Seattle Times / Drew DeSilver

Housing starts and permits plummet CNN

PNC Net Falls 53 Percent on Builder Loans, BlackRock Bloomberg / Hugh Son

Bernanke to speak as credit fears mount Reuters / Mike Peacock

Oil Rise Above $91 After Overnight Drop AP via LA Times / Pablo Gorondi

Higher bank delinquencies on more than mortgages AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Madlen Read

An Economy's Mixed Message on Suffering Washington Post / Neil Irwin

The inflation squeeze tightens Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Mortgage Borrowers Voted Off Fantasy Island American Chronicle via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Lin Ennis

Moody's, S&P Start New Reviews of Bond Insurers as Losses Grow Bloomberg / Christine Richard and Nancy Moran

Ambac Announces Plan To Raise $1B; MBIA Affirmed Bond Buyer / Dakin Campbell

Fears RBS could follow rival US banks Independent / Sean Farrell

JP Morgan doubles loan loss reserves Telegrpah / James Quinn

When former Harvard president Summers speaks, Congress listens AP via Boston Herald

Bernanke Is Said to Support Stimulus Measures NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews and David M. Herszenhorn

Fed’s Survey Provides More Indications of Economic Slippage NY Times / Michael M. Grynbaum

Crude Oil Rises From Lowest in Four Weeks on a Weaker Dollar Bloomberg / Gavin Evans

Yen Rises; Fed, ECB Concern Prompts Traders to Cut Carry Trades Bloomberg / Stanley White and Ron Harui

Australian, New Zealand Dollars to Fall on Growth, Lehman Says Bloomberg / Alex Lange


Looking for a Recovery? Take the Long View NY Sun / Dan Dorfman

This week's Tax stories Marketwatch

Devilish Details Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Financial Sector Bleeding Red Ink! Money and Markets / Mike Larson

Bond-insurer woes may trigger more write-downs Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

SIFMA Supports Bush Administration Economic Stimulus Plan SIFMA

Disastrous Dow tumbles again CNN / Alexandra Twin

Deep problems plague U.S. economy, stimulus plans notwithstanding McClatchy / Kevin G. Hall

Odds are, U.S. is in a recession Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Fed puts up united front to rescue weak economy Reuters / Tamawa Kadoya

Chicago Fed Letter Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Crude ends week up on economic hopefulness Bloomberg via Houston Chronicle

The engine of trade FT / Robert Wright

US Treasury seeks dealer views on budget deficits Reuters

Chicago Leads Muni Borrowers; Sales Fall on Insurer Concerns Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Pressure put on Fed for kick-restart Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Consumers face falling bank deposit rates Reuters / Jonathan Stempel

‘Mad’ Jim Cramer Loses Golden $50K Bet NY Post / Zachery Kouwe

Stocks plunge, giving back all gains achieved in 2007 AP via Kansas City Star / Jeannine Aversa and Andrew Taylor

Stocks Get Bush-Whacked Forbes / Steve Schaefer

White House plan disappointment sends market down Reuters

Pressure to pump The Economist

Gold futures rise as U.S. dollar advances Marketwatch / Nick Godt

U.S. Economy: Confidence Increases, Leading Index Declines Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Unemployment rate up in 46 US states in Dec-gov't Reuters

Text of White House fact sheet on stimulus Marketwatch

Bush wants $140 billion economic package Reuters via Forbes / Caren Bohan and Donna Smith

U.S. December Leading Indicator Index Fell More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Americans: Recession near - or already here CNN / Chris Isidore

The Economic Outlook for 2008 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Jeffrey M. Lacker

Further rate cuts quite possible: Fed's Lacker Reuters

UBS Scales Back Risk, Closes a U.S. Proprietary Unit Bloomberg / Warren Giles

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

GE profit meets expectations Reuters / Scott Malone

Sprint to Fire 4,000 Workers as Customers Defect Bloomberg / Crayton Harrison

Ten-Year Treasury Notes Decline as Yields Deter Investors Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

Oil rebounds above $91 AP via CNN

Banks face more woes from rising delinquencies on 2nd mortgages AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Rachel Beck

Bay Area housing prices hit hard San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Brokers did well in a bad 2007 LA Times / Carolyn Said

Tax rebates of up to $800 being considered AP via Houston Chronicle

Sinking Sterling Is Catching Dollar's Disease Bloomberg / Michael R. Sesit

Italy Backslides to Pre-Euro Economic Malfeasance Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Here's How to Make $500,000 a Year and Pay No Taxes Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Rating Agencies Add To Insurers' Woes Bond Buyer / Dakin Campbell

Treasuries Decline as Bush Prepares Plan to Spur the Economy Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Greenspan's Client List Needs Someone Like Me Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Economy Needs Some Help, Bernanke Says NY Daily Sun / Travis Pantin

Momentum builds for economic stimulus package Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Probably Fell in December Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Countrywide May Be Bank of America's One Good Deal Bloomberg / David Pauly

Retail chains looking to shrink UPI

Tokyo, Hong Kong off lows, Sydney woes continue Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Japan's Consumer Confidence Falls to Four-Year Low Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield

UK: Bank warns inflation spike could jeopardize interest rate cuts Independent / Sean O'Grady

Gold Falls to One-Week Low in Asia on Rising Recession Risk Bloomberg / Feiwen Rong

Crude Oil Falls for Fourth Day on Signs U.S. Is in Recession Bloomberg / Angela Macdonald-Smith and Sophie Tan

Asian Stocks Fall to 5-Month Low on U.S. Slowdown, Merrill Loss Bloomberg / Chen Shiyin and Emma O'Brien

Dollar Poised for Weekly Decline Against Yen on Slowing Economy Bloomberg / David McIntyre

Greenspan Put Takes New Shape as Sovereign Funds Bloomberg / William Pesek



It's time to resort to the R-word Denver Post / Al Lewis

Ambac's Insurance Unit Cut to AA From AAA by Fitch Ratings Bloomberg / Christine Richard

CA: State's jobless rate tops 6 percent San Diego Union Tribune / Dean Calbreath

TX: Many spending less, just in case Houston Chronicle / L.M. Sixel

CO: Metro housing-market slump on the map Denver Post / Margaret Jackson

Let's ignore the cry to freeze interest rates Long Beach Press Telegram Greg Wilcox

Unscientific poll says Americans do not enjoy working long hours AP via Salt Lake Tribune

The Deflation Time Bomb Lew Rockwell / Mike Whitney

Losing Their Grip on Homeownership AP via Washington Post / J.W. Elphinstone

FL: State's unemployment rate climbs to highest since 2004 Orlando Sentinel / Christopher Boyd

McCain Wins South Carolina Primary, Huckabee Second Bloomberg / Catherine Dodge and Jonathan Salant

Market will ease health care costs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / John Torinus

A Tougher Tone at the Top Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Gold’s Rise: It’s Not Just Armageddon NY Times / Conrad De Aenlle

A greater fear rises in the market LA Times / Walter Hamilton

Treasuries Rally as Bush Plan Fails to Ease Recession Concern Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez and Deborah Finestone

Job Data Passes Threshold Where Recessions Dwell NY Times / Floyd Norris

Earnings Won't Bail Out Market This Time AP via LA Times / Joe Bel Bruno

U.S. Stocks Post Steepest Drop Since July 2002; Citigroup Falls Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

California jobless rate leaps to 6.1% LA Times / Lisa Girion

TX: Less holiday hiring fuels area jobless rate Houston Chronicle / L.M. Sixel

Voters go to the polls in S. Carolina, Nevada Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Will $800 help much? LA Times / David Lazarus

Yen Reaches Strongest Since 2005 as U.S. Economic Concern Rises Bloomberg / Ye Xie

When governments print money, buy gold Telegraph / Jeff Randall

Japanese Bonds Gain a Fourth Week as Stock Decline Lifts Demand Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough and Yumi Teso

UK: Official: worst Christmas on the High Street for 13 years Independent / Karen Attwood


Street Begging Big Ben For A Cut NY Post / Terry Keenan

Municipal bonds become 'a great value' USA Today / John Waggoner

Will CDS Replace Subprime to Cause $1 Trillion Total Loss for this Credit Crisis? Vestopia via Safehaven / Thomas Tan

Without Savings There Can Be No Economic Growth Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

A depleted Fed plugs away USA Today / Barbara Hagenbaugh

Big names hold their own in US primaries FT / Edward Luce and Andrew Ward

Funds for tough economic times Baltimore Sun / Andrew Leckey

US Stock Markets Crash and Burn Whilst The Fed Fiddles Market Technical via Market Oracle / Robert McHugh

States hunt for cash to build during downturn Reuters / Joan Gralla and Anastasija Johnson

Schumer: Don't limit rebates to income tax AP via CNN

Blood On The Street: Trader NY Post / Johyn Aidan Byrne

Following panicking can lead to ruin Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

Borrowers stretched to the limit Sacramento Bee / Jim Wasserman

Debt demise grips nation's wallets Detroit Free Press via Charlotte Observer / John Gallagher

Fed chief hits the spending panic button Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Homebuyers need higher credit scores, richer assets for loans Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Ron DaParma and Sam Spatter

Home Resales Probably Fell in December: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

TN: Nashville condo frenzy cools Tennessean / Chas Sisk

Higher gas prices may be a foregone conclusion, but is $4 a gallon possible? Modesto Bee / Ben van der Meer

UK: Don’t bank on euro as the pound slides London Times / David Smith

Social Security benefits just a card swipe away Detroit Free Press via The State / Susan Tompor

Is this a healthy way to choose who gets care? LA Times / David Lazarus

Wide-Ranging Rents Wall Street Journal

Existing-home sales expected to fall again Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Burned but Bullish at Citigroup NY Times / Nelson D. Schwartz

A Recession’s Impact Is All in the Timing US News and World Report / NY Times / Paul J. Lim

Is the New Supply Side Better Than the Old? NY Times / Austan Goolsbee

Indexing and ETFs New Indexes Keep Tabs on Target-Date Funds Wall Street Journal / Eleanor Laise

This Time, Rate Cuts May Not Be a Panacea NY Times / J. Alex Tarquinio

Unscrambling the Alphabet of Fund Fees NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

Foreigners Buy Stakes in the U.S. at a Record Pace NY Times / Peter S. Goodman and Louis Story

Britons say farewell to the high life Guardian – Observer / Zoe Wood

CA: How we cashed in before the housing crash LA Times / Peter Y. Hong

Mortgage lenders eager to help traditional borrowers Chicago Tribune / Eileen Ambrose


Consumers can still file for bankruptcy, but it's harder now Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

Asian economies, less dependent on U.S., seen weathering possible U.S. recession AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Thomas Hogue

World oil prices lower in early Asian trade on demand worries AFX via Forbes

Asian markets continue plunge CNN

Several similarities between today's market and 1987 Crash Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Stock Investors Suddenly See Every Glass Half-Empty Forbes / Paul Maidment

U.S. stock futures point to major decline on reopen Marketwatch / Steve Goldstein and Sarah Turner

Obama Says Bill Clinton's Advocacy Is `Troubling' Bloomberg / Nadine Elsibai and Julianna Goldman

Clinton, Obama Clash at Debate AP via Forbes / Nedra Pickler

Investors looking for the gold lining Newsday / Susan Harrigan

Recession ahead? Many feel pain AP via Houston Chronicle / Dave Carpenter

Why is the Fed so worried about inflation? MSNBC / John W. Shoen

Overvalued homes discourage buyers Washington Times / Patrice Hill

On Economic and Financial De-Coupling Morgan Stanley / Stephen Jen, Luca Bindelli and Charles St-Arnaud

Loonie at September lows ahead of rate decision Globe and Mail / Roma Luciw

Fed chief responds to calls for boldness Washington Post via Tennessean / Neil Irwin

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Two Experts Who Are Down on Dow Jones NY Sun / Dan Dorfman

Treasury Rally to End as Stocks Gain, Citi, BNP Say Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

U.S. May Be Heading for Severe Recession, Economists Tell WSJ Bloomberg / David Altaner

Retailers have holiday hangover Allentown Morning Call / Leslie Earnest

Super Tuesday might be super confusing McClatchy / Dave Helling

MI: 2008 may be brutal again for real estate Detroit News / Nathan Hurst

Gold hits 2-week low as euro weakens vs dlr Reuters via Forbes / Veronica Brown

Europe Starts to Feel Pinch as U.S. Slowdown Spreads Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy

Will the cure be worse than the disease? CNN / Shawn Tully

"Help Wanted" highlights skills drain in U.S. Reuters / Joanne Morrison

Bond Issuers Face New Costs In Insurance Crisis Forbes / Liz Moyer

European Bonds Rise as Stock Losses Spur Demand for Safe Assets Bloomberg / Kim-Mai Cutler

Marts Dread 10,000 NY Post / Paul Tharp

Stocks Plummet in Germany, Hong Kong, India, Brazil in Rout Bloomberg / Sarah Thompson

Wall Street braces for more volatility AP via Denver Post / Madlen Read

New alarm: Option-ARM 'liar's loans' LA Times via Chicago Tribune / E. Scott Reckard

Oil sheds $1.48 a barrel AP via CNN

Crude Oil Falls as Equities Tumble on U.S. Recession Concerns Bloomberg / Grant Smith

Copper May Post 1st Drop Since 2001 on U.S., China Bloomberg / Claudia Carpenter and Millie Munshi

Bulls' fear factor grows Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Food price inflation is here to stay, warns chief of PepsiCo London Times / Suzy Jagger

Slower boats to China as ship owners save fuel Washington Post / Erik Kirschbaum

Gold falls as U.S. measures fail to spark buying Reuters via Guardian / Chikafumi Hodo

Oil Rises on Concern Mexican Port Closures Will Disrupt Supply Bloomberg / Christian Schmollinger

Yen Gains; Concerns U.S. Economy Slowing Deters Carry Trades Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto

Asian Stocks Fall on Concern U.S. Economy to Slow; Rio Declines Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho and Chen Shiyin

Euro Falls to 4-Month Low Against Yen on Concern Growth to Slow Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Ron Harui

China's Economic Growth Likely Slowed on Weaker Export Demand Bloomberg / Nipa Piboontanasawat



Why We Need A Crash Now Forbes / Clem Chambers

Fed Cuts Won't Help Lending Forbes / Liz Moyer

Desperate measures The Economist

Fed tries to grease the economy's wheels USA Today / Kathy Chu and Sue Kirchhoff

From Too Big to Fail to Too Big to Care Safehaven / Fred Sheehan

Fed Was `Premature' to Cut Rates, Former Central Banker Says Bloomberg / Kathleen Hays and Shobhana Chandra

Fed saves economic day, but uncertainty continues McClatchy / Kevin G. Hall

What will Fed's rate cut do? AP via Long Beach Press Telegram / Alan Zibel

California foreclosures, mortgage defaults soar Reuters / Jim Christie

Big oil's rally run threatened by recession Reuters / Michael Erman

Don't Blame Subprime Lenders! Ludwig von Mises Institute / Jim Bradley

Rate Cut Prelude To Wednesday Earnings Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Significant slowing in world growth inevitable- IMF Reuters / Lesley Wroughton

Budget Deficit to Go Up in 2008 AP via Washington Post / Andrew Taylor

The Paulonomics Factor National Review / Donald Luskin

Triple Play Pimco / Mark Kiesel

Apple earnings climb 58%, but outlook disappoints Marketwatch / Rex Crum

Stocks down at end of rocky ride CNN / Alexandra Twin

Nasdaq touches 52-week low before recovery Marketwatch / Benjamin Pimentel and Dan Gallagher

The Fed is on your side CNN / David Goldman

Fed Cuts Rate 0.75 Percentage Point in Emergency Move Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Consumers pull back as economy weakens AP via MSNBC

A $4 trillion win-win-win plan to pay for economic stimulus Marketwatch / Bill Donoghue

Forget Economic Stimulus, Fix the U.S. Tax Code Bloomberg / Kevin Hassett

White-collar joblessness widens Washington Post via Charlotte Observer / Micahel A. Fletcher

Corporate Default Risk Soars as Fed Rate Cut Signals Recession Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Hamish Risk

Stocks Still Hard Hit, But Off Early Lows Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao and Alan R. Elliott

Dow plunges, then rebounds, after Fed rate cut USA Today / Adam Shell

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Fed isn't finished by a long shot Marketwatch / Greg Robb

The Upside of Lower Rates / Stephen Taub

The Fed's Statement on the Rate Cut

Fed slashes rates by 75 points FT / Robert Orr, Michael Hunter and Krishna Guha

Gold reverses losses to trade up 1% as dollar falls Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

What I’d Do With That $150B Tax Rebate NY Post / John Crudele

Ambac, MBIA's Lust for CDO Returns Undermined AAA Profitability Bloomberg / Christine Richard

Bank of Canada opts for mild rate cut despite Fed Reuters / Louise Egan

The ECB Will Not Be Moved Forbes / Lionel Laurent

ECB, BOE May Follow U.S. Fed Cut, Economists Say Bloomberg / John Fraher and Simon Kennedy

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in their own bubble Marketwatch / Therese Poletti

Bernanke Disappoints Treasury Bulls Detecting Rebound Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Two-Year Treasuries Gain Most Since '01 on Bets Fed to Cut More Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez and Deborah Finestone

Short-term Treasurys rise on rate cut AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

Ambac's Downgrade Doesn't Mean End of Bond Insurers Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Dow dives 446, Nasdaq off 5 percent at open AP via Chicago Tribune

U.S. Stock Futures Drop on Concern Rate Cut Won't Stop Slowdown Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

FOMC Statement Federal Reserve Board

Fed cuts rates 75 basis points in emergency move Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Fed slashes interest rates Reuters / David Lawder

Fed Cuts Rate 0.75 Percentage Point in Emergency Move Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Fed makes major rate cut AP via Chicago Tribune

Fed Hacks Rates, Dow Drops Forbes / Andrew Farrell

Every Major U.S. Bank Was Profitable Last Year Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Bank of America net sinks 95 percent Reuters / Jonathan Stempel

Wachovia 4th-quarter profit sinks 98 percent Reuters

Chinese leapfrog The Economist

More Room to Fall Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Fitch Downgrades Ambac to Double-A Bond Buyer / Matthew Posner

Groups Call For Easing Restrictions Bond Buyer / Humberto Sanchez

U.S. stock futures point to major decline on reopen Marketwatch / Steve Goldstein, Sarah Turner and Chris Oliver

FTSE 100 suffers biggest one-day fall Telegraph / Ben Bland

Stock Drop Pulls 38 Indexes Into Bear Market; Banks Lead Plunge Bloomberg / Alexis Xydias

Here's a place for Wall Street to invest its bonus Marketwatch / David Weidner

Would tax rebates work? Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Next primaries tougher yet Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

Oil extends fall toward $88 on economy worries Reuters via Guardian / Luke Pachymuthu

UK: Falling pound may keep recession at bay Telegraph / Roger Bootle

Euro at risk from Europe's economic storm Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Bank of Japan Keeps Key Rate at 0.5% as Growth Slows Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

Treasuries Rise Most in Six Weeks as Global Stocks Extend Slump Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Crash! Biggest fall in shares since September 11 Independent / Nick Clark

Warning of more turmoil as investors flee markets London Times / Siobhan Kennedy, Leo Lewis, Peter Stiff and Christine Seib

Yen Falls as Charts Signal Gain to 2 1/2-Year High Is Excessive Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Kosuke Goto

Oil Trades Near 5-Week Low as Shares Tumble on Recession Risk Bloomberg / Gavin Evans

Tax rebate could be President Bush's best legacy London Times / Gerard Baker

UK: City concern at Treasury deficit figures London Times / Gary Duncan


Refinancing Drives Increase In Mortgage Applications In Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Fed cuts give strapped homeowners some breathing room Marketwatch / Jennifer Waters

Bond Positions, Expectations, and the Yield Curve Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Monika Piazzesi and Martin Schneider

Texas to Borrow $1.3 Billion, Leading Tax-Exempt Bond Sales Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Rally! Dow sheds 323 points, then surges ahead AP via Houston Chronicle

SIFMA Primary Dealers Survey Forecasts Higher Net Total Treasury Issuance This Quarter SIFMA

More Shoes to Drop, But Investment Opportunities for 2008 Remain Pimco / Rich Clarida and Bill Powers

10-Year Treasuries Fall as Stocks Recover From Earlier Losses Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez and Deborah Finestone

U.S. Stocks Rise, Erasing Decline, as Financial Companies Gain Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton and Michael Patterson

Sell-Off Gives Way To Rally Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Dow Battles Back / Mark Glassman

Here comes the bear CNN / Alexandra Twin

'Don't panic,' investors told Washington Times / Kara Rowland

FL: Despite real estate woes, most can't afford houses Palm Beach Post / Linda Rawls

Housing prices to free fall in 2008 – Merrill CNN / David Goldman

IL: Pinched Midwest businesses agree some form of stimulus needed Chicago Tribune /  Michael Oneal, Kathy Bergen, Joshua Boak, Sandra Jones, Robert Manor, Mary Umberger and Becky Yerak

We have lift off The Economist

Soros says US recession is likely BBC News

Gold, Silver Fall on Concern Recession Will Reduce Metal Demand Bloomberg / Pham-Duy Nguyen

Gold futures erase early losses to trade higher Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Oil drops below $88 as stock markets resume fall AP via Washington Post / Santosh Menon

Fearful of a recession? Take a breath and watch for GDP report Orlando Sentinel / Beth Kassab

Fed Risks Fueling More Bubbles, Davos Economists Say Bloomberg / John Fraher and Simon Kennedy

‘Recession,’ Stocks & the Fed National Review

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Will the Fed's rate cut make any difference? Telegraph / Simon Denham

Fed gave Bank of Canada heads-up before rate cut: report Financial Post / Jacqueline Thorpe

Treasuries Rise on Rate-Cut Bets; 30-Year Yields Fall to Record Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez

US companies with weak liquidity on the rise-report Reuters

One-month U.S. Treasury bill rate drops to 1.5 pct Reuters

The Year of the Rat: How to Invest Investment Postcards from Cape Town via Safehaven / Prieur du Plessis

Socked again by global recession worries Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

Motorola shares down 15%, on profit plunge Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

U.S. stocks dodge disaster Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Budget Deficit to Widen to $219 Billion, CBO Says Bloomberg / Brian Faler

U.S. Futures Fall, Point to Sixth Straight Drop for S&P 500 Bloomberg / Henrietta Rumberger and Elizabeth Stanton

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Markets Force Fed to Make a Big, Risky Rate Cut Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Bernanke to Cut Rates Further, Faster to Buoy Growth Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Greenspan Put Is Dead. Long Live Greenspan Put Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Fed caves to Wall Street in moment of panic Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

Yields Fall After Fed Cuts Rate Bond Buyer / Michael Scarchilli

Ambac Reports $3.3B Losses in 4Q Bond Buyer / Dakin Campbell

U.S. deficit estimated at $250 billion AP via Houston Chronicle / Andrew Taylor

Congress Under Pressure to Move Faster Than Usual on Stimulus Bloomberg / Alison Fitzgerald

Next stop Asia? The Economist

Fed rate cut triggered by fear of bond insurance collapse London Times / Suzy Jagger, Christine Seib and Tom Bawden

Only When the Bubble Bursts Washington Post / Steven Pearlstein

Avoiding Responsibility Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / The Mogambo Guru

Fed races to ease market fears Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

US Fed keeps show on the road with spectacular rate cut Telegraph / Richard Fletcher

U.S. Notes Fall After Fed Rate Cut Sends Asian Stocks Higher Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

On the federal deficit, candidates stay mostly vague Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

Apocalypse postponed? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Asian Stocks Rebound After Rate Cut; Banks, Miners Lead Gains Bloomberg / Chen Shiyin and Emma O'Brien

Recession Concern Plagues Executives in Davos, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and John Fraher

Australian Core Inflation Rate Is Fastest in 16 Years Bloomberg / Jacob Greber

ECB Anti-Inflation Resolve May Be Sapped by Fed's Surprise Cut Bloomberg / John Fraher and Simon Kennedy

Yen Declines After Fed's Emergency Rate Cut Spurs Carry Trades Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Ron Harui


Capitalism Doesn’t Work, Mr. Gates? National Review / Larry Kudlow

What recession? FT / John Authers

Take This Stimulus and Shove It / Jack Hough

Greenspan on the defensive Globe and Mail / Wendy Stueck

Commodities higher before Fed decision AP via Houston Chronicle / Stevenson Jacobs

30-Year Mortgages Rates Decline AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Martin Crutsinger

California Budget Office Says $9 Billion More Needed for Bills Bloomberg / Michael B. Marois

Fed funds still favor 50-basis-point cut, but less so Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Panic in the markets is scary. Among policymakers it only makes things worse The Economist

Fed Unaware on Jan. 21 of SocGen Loss, Official Says Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Gold soars over $22 to close above $900 an ounce Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

A deal is struck, it seems, on a stimulus package for America's economy The Economist

Microsoft Profit Exceeds Estimates on Xbox, Windows Bloomberg / Dina Bass

E-Trade posts $1.7B loss AP via CNN

Le rogue trader The Economist

IndyMac's Perry Sees Return to Profitability in 2008 Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Ad-spending usually plunges when economic growth slows. Will it be any different this time? The Economist

Somewhere over the rainbow The Economist

EU: The dangerous appeal of a semi-detached status for Britain The Economist

Oil edges up after inventory report CNN / Ben Rooney

Dollar down after home-sales data disappoint Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks Take A Breather After Early Jump Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

US jobless claims drop to lowest in four months Reuters

Home-price decline douses long-held beliefs Marketwatch

Truest look at banking still to come Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Janus, Franklin shares trade higher after results top expectations Marketwatch / John Spence

Unending presidential campaigns harass us all Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Selling Roads Proves Last Resort as Taxes Dwindle Bloomberg / Adam L. Cataldo

Treasurys rise on SocGen, economic worries Marketwatch / Nick Godt

You Should Be Wary of This Market Rebound NY Post / John Crudele

U.S. Stocks Gain for 2nd Day on Earnings; Xerox, Lockheed Rise Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Gold futures soar 3% to trade above $900 an ounce Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Home sales see biggest drop in 25 years AP via CNN

Fed's Panicked Rate Cut Puts Spotlight on BOJ Bloomberg / William Pesek

Economic outlook dims sharply Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Wall Street's recent successes will fade with recession Marketwatch / David Weidner

Japan's Nikkei average ends 2.1% up, regains 13,000 level Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Wealth of alternatives could be good news, bad news for industry Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Don Hammonds

Romney, McCain Take Lead in Fla.; Tax Talk Pervades Washington Post / Michael D. Shear and Dan Balz

Market Bloodbath Highlights Cracks in Capitalism Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Treasuries Rise on Speculation Slowing Growth to Spur Rate Cuts Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Next on the Worry List: Shaky Insurers of Bonds NY Times / Vikas Bajaj and Jenny Anderson

Japan's 10-Year Bonds Fall as Gain in Stocks Saps Debt Demand Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough and Yumi Teso

'Inescapable' recession in United States will trigger global slump, say economists London Times / Gary Duncan

A Fear That the Cure Could Be Poison NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Wider Troubles Trickle Down to Oil Sector NY Times / Jad Mouawad

Obama Gains on Clinton, McCain Moves Ahead as Giuliani Stumbles Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen

World's central bankers are fighting different battles Telegraph / Richard Fletcher

Global market turmoil is a Davos distraction Telegraph / Ben Verwaayen

Bank of Japan Rate-Increase Odds Erased by Fed Cut, BNP Says Bloomberg / Shigeki Nozawa and Oliver Biggadike

China GDP Expands 11.2%, Supporting Global Growth Bloomberg / Nipa Piboontanasawat and Li Yanping

Japan Export Growth Cools for a Second Month on U.S. Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield



Fed rate cut, jobs data may lift stocks Reuters / Cal Mankowski

Evolution of economy will tell whether Fed overreacted FT / Krishna Guha

Not Following in the Fed's Footsteps? Business Week / Natascha Gewaltig

Reasons To Doubt The Street's Party Line NY Sun / Dan Dorfman

Frontier stock downgraded by JPMorgan Denver Post / Kelly Yamanouchi

Dallas-Fort Worth job growth slowed last year, but it's still hot Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Managing Financial Trouble Morgan Stanley

South Jersey Business Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Stocks Give Back Gains / Mark Glassman

Early Spike Erodes On Lack of Volume Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

For Investors, a Tumultuous Week / Donald Luskin

U.S. Treasury Notes Advance After Stocks Pare Earlier Gains Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez and Deborah Finestone

The darker side of interest rate cuts Fortune via CNN / Colin Barr

Goldman Sachs says to cut about 5 percent of workforce Reuters

Oil futures jump back above $91 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle / John Wilen

MI: Assessments fall, tax bills may rise Detroit News / Mike Wilkinson, Catherine Jun and Jim Lynch

TN: Increase in retail rents is sign of strong Nashville economy Tennessean / Wendy Lee

CA: Recession unlikely to hit Bay Area in '08 San Francisco Chronicle / David R. Baker

As economy tumbles, retirees scramble to cope AP via MSNBC

Rebates for Non-Taxpayers? National Review / Rich Lowry

Bernanke Earns Feldstein Cheers, Roach Jeers for Emergency Cut Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Fed may have a problem: traction Reuters / James Saft

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

U.S. Stock Futures Climb; Microsoft, Caterpillar, Ambac Gain Bloomberg / Christiane Markwort and Elizabeth Stanton

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Bonds flat as stock gains curb safe-haven appeal Reuters / Richard Leong

Bernanke's Easing Thwarted by Surging Commercial Mortgage Rates Bloomberg / Bob Ivry

Big loans could get cheaper LA Times / E. Scott Reckard and Peter Y. Hong

Bank rewards sales of risky mortgages Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

Fewer U.S homeowners say their homes appreciated: survey Reuters

Rebate OK, but a bonus sounds better Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Consumers Will Cash Coupons Quicker Than Rebates Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Oil to avg record $81 this year despite U.S. slowdown Reuters via Forbes / Randy Fabi

Gold, platinum hit record on SAfrica mining halt Reuters / Lewa Pardomuan

Commerce Bancorp 4th-qtr profit falls 47 pct Reuters

Pink Slips Paper Wall Street / Stephen Taub

Janus assets surpass $200 billion in 2007 Rocky Mountain News / James Paton

US slides into dangerous 1930s 'liquidity trap' Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Hedge Funds Bet Corporate Debt Market Will Get Worse, FT Says Bloomberg / Patricia Kuo

Treasuries Rise as Traders Bet Fed Will Keep Cutting Rates Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Democrats, Not Bush, Best to Counter a Recession, Poll Says Bloomberg / Matthew Benjamin

Yen Set for Weekly Decline as Higher-Yielding Currencies Rally Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Kosuke Goto

US Fed move sparks ECB dilemma Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Forget Stagflation. Stagdeflation Sounds Scarier Bloomberg / William Pesek

South Korea's Growth Faster Than Expected on Exports Bloomberg / Seyoon Kim

Japan's Inflation Rate Doubles to 0.8% as Oil Surges Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma


Ben Bernanke: He's only human Minneapolis Star Tribune / Mike Meyers

Rogue trader lit panic Denver Post / Al Lewis

Recession puts Florida housing market in a death grip Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

State of Union: Economy is key CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

The great fiscal stimulus package ... of 1929 Marketwatch / Michael Kitchen

Gold price surges to all-time high Independent / Nic Fildes

U.S. stocks turn to Fed, again, and jobs Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Merrill Lynch's Thain Says Consumer Outlook Worsening Bloomberg / John Fraher and Yoolim Lee

Fed needs you to take risks despite chaos LA Times / Tom Petruno

U.S. Treasuries Rally a Sixth Week After Surprise Fed Rate Cut Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

U.S. Stocks Post First Weekly Gain of 2008 as Volatility Jumps Bloomberg / Eric Martin

While you weren't watching ... mortgage rates were tumbling Chicago Tribune / Michael Oneal and Mary Umberger

Countrywide's Underwriters Sued for Fraud by New York Agencies Bloomberg / David Mildenberg and Karen Freifeld

With gold prices hitting $900, prospectors head to Alaska AP via Seattle Times / Jeannette J. Lee

As Oil Nears $100, Look Out Below Business Week / Moira Herbst

The Upshot of the Dollar's Fall Business Week / Ben Steverman

Government hopes people go ahead and splurge AP via Tennessean / Christopher Leonard

Democrats Fly Through South Carolina to Next States Bloomberg / Lorraine Woellert


U.S. slowdown fears hit Shanghai stocks hard Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Stock market's opening bell may have a nervous ring USA Today / Matt Krantz and Adam Shell

Phone giants' rising rates questioned USA Today / Leslie Cauley

Time to panic over the stock markets is never St. Louis Post Dispatch / Jack Naudi

Derivatives boom raises risk of bankruptcy FT / Francesco Guerrera, Ben White and Aline van Duyn

US economy brings worries for both parties FT / Clive Crook

The re-rebranding of Barack Obama Fortune via CNN / Nina Easton

Whatever happened to the inflation fears? St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

US Booms and Busts and a Little Monetary History Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

How The 2008 U.S. Recession Will Hit China Forbes / Donald H. Straszheim

Davos bosses get a reality check BBC News / Tim Weber

Fed watchers at a loss about Fed move this week Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Emergency rate cut revives talk of "Bernanke put" Reuters / Alister Bull

Risks in Fed's Deeper Interest Rate Cuts AP via San Francisco chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

Former Fed chief says no slump yet London Times / Irwin Stelzer

If spending drives the economy, brake is on Minneapolis Star Tribune / H.J. Cummins and Jackie Crosby

3 different voices about U.S. outlook San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Growth May Have Weakened, Hiring Slowed: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg

Consider alternatives to a ladder of bonds Chicago Tribune / Janet Kidd Stewart

Stocks now scare you? Wade into bond funds AP via Seattle Times / Tim Paradis

Fed watchers at a loss about Fed move this week NY Post / Terry Keenan

ARMs still useful - in the right hands San Francisco Chronicle / Carol Lloyd

SC: Recession/Condo Market Claim Two Big Downtown Projects The State / Jeff Wilkinson

Stimulus package comes with wrong advice Baltimore Sun / Eileen Ambrose

Treasury secretary pushes Senate to act on economic package AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Ben Feller

TN: Nashville is good place to weather a recession Tennessean

S.C. no longer shielded from economic storms The State / Jim DuPlessis

Municipal bonds offering more than just tax advantage Chicago Tribune / Andrew Leckey

Federal Reserve's rate cuts good for your wallet— and your mood, too South Florida Sun Sentinel / Harriet Johnson Brackey

To Build Confidence, Try Better Bricks NY Times / Robert J. Shiller

Economy Next Week Wall Street Journal

Mortgage rates might fall further South Florida Sun Sentinel / Harriet Johnson Brackey

Qataris poised to snap up $3bn stake in Credit Suisse Telegraph / Mark Kleinman

Seven Strategies for a Tumbling Market Wall Street Journal / Jonathan Clements

Can Their Wish Be the Market’s Command? NY Times / Ben Stein

What’s $34 Billion on Wall Street? NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Saving Sears Doesn’t Look Easy Anymore NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson, Michael Barbaro and Geraldine Fabrikant

Obama, Clinton look to next White House fights Reuters / John Whitesides

Obama Wins South Carolina Primary, Claims `Diverse Coalition' Bloomberg / James Rowley and Kristin Jensen

Chavez urges withdrawals from U.S. banks AP via Houston Chronicle / Ian James

Stock market holds some opportunity now, Chicago-area money managers say Chicago Tribune / Becky Yerak



The Muni Bond Safety Mirage Forbes / Richard Lehmann

In America, land of the bubbles, the next pop will be the biggest Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

Politicians should step aside, let Fed do its job Augusta Chronicle / Mark Thompson

Half-point cut most likely: Former top Fed staffer Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Ben Bernanke's timing put to the test NY Daily News / Joseph Lisanti

Hedge funds show resilience in thorny times FT / Henny Sender

Gold, platinum hit new records Reuters via Globe and Mail / Lewa Pardomuan

The battle for food, oil and water FT / Gideon Rachman

Stocks Rise on Rate Cut Hopes AP via Allentown Morning Call / Madlen Read

Dollar loses against major world currencies AP via Detroit News

The Super Bowl Indicator's track record only looks impressive Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

America's Hardest-Hit Foreclosure Spots Forbes / Matt Woolsey

Economists rate chance of recession as a 'coin flip' USA Today / Barbara Hagenbaugh and Barbara Hansen

Is It a Recession? Marketers Seem to Think So NY Times / Stuart Elliott

Bush acknowledges U.S. economy is slowing Reuters

Economic Stimulus Concerns Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

Money can't buy you love The Economist

Senate Democrats Adding to Stimulus AP via LA Times / Julie Hirschfield Davis

Dow up 176 on rate-cut hopes Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Gasoline extends price slide LA Times

Corn riding high as traders see no letup in demand Dow Jones and AP via Houston Chronicle

The Crash of the Bank of United States Safehaven / Antal E. Fekete

Bond insurers: Between rock and a hard place CNN / David Ellis

Treasuries Fall as Government Sells Most 2-Year Notes Since '05 Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

Aggravating the Agony Lew Rockwell / Robert Anderson

Will the Real Fiscal Stimulus Please Stand Up? National Review / Thomas E. Nugent

2008 Budget picture dominates govs' speeches By Pamela M. Prah

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman and David Greenlaw

Stocks Move Higher After A Downside Start: Volume Sags Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

Sears names Johnson as interim CEO, Aylwin Lewis to step down as

president, CEO Chicago Tribune / Sandra M. Jones

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Market experts wary but eager LA Times / Martin Zimmerman

High Corporate Tax Rate Is Misleading / Igor Greenwald

Upping the Ante on Stimulus Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

Time for Bernanke to 'man up' CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Fed Got It Right on Rates, If Past Is Any Guide Bloomberg / Kevin Hassett

Treasurys turn mostly higher as home sales drop Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Buddy, Could You Spare Us $15 billion? Economist via

Treasurys volatile after home sales data AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

Fiscal Follies Ludwig von Mises Institute / Christopher Westley

Stocks slide after surprise strong open CNN

Profit Party Portrays a Strong Economy After All / Stephen Taub

Builders slash prices 10%, but sales fall anyway Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

US December new home sales fall 4.7 pct to 604,000 unit annual rate AFX via Forbes

If your mortgage lender goes bankrupt, don't panic Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

How to Survive the Fortune You Made in Subprime Bloomberg / Michael Lewis

CME Group, Nymex in merger talks Marketwatch

Dollar sticks to narrow ranges against rivals Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite & William L. Watts

Crude Oil Falls on Signs U.S. Economic Slowdown Will Spread Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

US recession will dwarf dotcom crash Telegraph / Edmund Conway

Footsteps of a recession grow louder Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Seized-Up Credit Market Spurs Record Trading for Stocks, Bonds Bloomberg / Nick Baker and Edgar Ortega

Federal Oversight of Guarantors? Bond Buyer / Andrew Ackerman

Treasuries Little Changed; Bush Calls for Action on Economy Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Fed expected to cut rates again this week Reuters via International Herald Tribune

Stock Market Decline Delays Highest Number of IPOs in 10 Years Bloomberg / Elizabeth Hester

As the US economy has a hard landing, earnings still have far to fall Independent / Chris Walker

Share prices fall on Asia markets BBC News

The home you save may be your own Palm Beach Post / Linda Rawls

Is gold ready for a 'rocket shot'? Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Coal Extends Gains as Output Drops in Australia, China, Africa Bloomberg / Christopher Martin

Oil Falls on Speculation of Slowing U.S. Economy, Warm Weather Bloomberg / Gavin Evans and Christian Schmollinger

Alternative Minimum Tax changes provide relief for some taxpayers Christian Science Monitor / Steve Dinnen

In State of the Union, Bush to begin framing legacy Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

After South Carolina: Can Obama capture a wider swath of voters? Christian Science Monitor / Ariel Sabar

Stimulus bill hits Senate this week Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock and Ron Scherer

Weak Dollar Fuels China's Buying Spree Of U.S. Firms Washington Post / Ariana Eunjung Cha

Yen Rises as Asian Stock Decline Prompts Paring of Carry Trades Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Stanley White

Global Recession Risk Grows as U.S. `Damage' Spreads Bloomberg / Rich Miller

Japan's Economy Needs a Sovereign Wealth Fund Bloomberg / William Pesek

IMF changes stance on deficits Reuters via International Herald Tribune

UK: Market convulsions will lead to the return of the state as a major economic force Independent / Stephen King


Strong dollar policy is useful fairy tale for U.S. Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite

McCain, Clinton win Florida primaries Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Bond Insurers May Lose AAA Ratings Before a Bailout Bloomberg / John Glover

CA: Valley home prices hard to bear Modesto Bee / J.N. Sbranti

An Indication the Economy is Lagging Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / Mogambo Guru

Bernanke’s reflation gamble may work too well FT / Martin Wolf

The Fed plays follow the leader CNN / Chris Isidore

America’s middle classes are no longer coping FT / Robert Reich

Back to ‘the economy, stupid’: How a slowdown will influence America’s presidential contest FT / Edward Luce

Yahoo profit falls Reuters / Eric Auchard and Michele Gershberg

Centex Loss Widens as Slump, Lending Woes Cut Demand Bloomberg / Brian Louis

Jumbo loans spell relief Washington Times / Patrice Hill

U.S. mortgage rates unchanged on Tuesday –BestInfo Reuters

NM: Boom, boom, boom Washington Times / Heather Clark

Ideas Fed needs to "go big" shaken a bit Reuters / Ros Krasny

Gross says Fed should not cut funds rate to 1 pct Reuters / John Parry

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Rise After Earnings, Durable Goods Top Forecasts Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Riders Of The Storm Forbes / Jerry Flint

Gold steady near $927 an ounce ahead of Fed decision Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Global Central Bankers at Odds, but Gold Soars into Orbit Sir Charts A Lot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

Oil futures gyrate on supply, Fed view AP via Houston Chronicle / John Wilen

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Declines in January Conference Board

Cutbacks trickle down AP via Charlotte Observer / Anne D’Innocenzio

OptionsXpress sees profits surge 44% on wider margins Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

BofA's Lewis: Countrywide deal 'is a go' AP via Charlotte Observer

Better Late Than Never Pimco / Bill Gross

Junk Bond Rising Spreads Signal Worst Bust Since 2001 Bloomberg / Caroline Salas and Shannon D. Harrington

The Old Order Changeth Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

The Fed is between a rock and a hard place NY Post / John Crudele

Fed must walk a thin line on rates LA Times / Michael A. Hiltzik and Maura Reynolds

Few banking on Fed to take bankers to task Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

U.S. January consumer confidence falls, gives up prior gain Marketwatch / Ruth Mantell

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders in December Increase 5.2% Bloomberg / Bob Willis

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Rise; Dow, Lilly Shares Advance Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Foreclosures up 75% in 2007 CNN / Les Christie

Fed's tough call: how far to cut interest rates Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Fed risks 'blood on the floor' on rate cuts Telegraph

Fed May Cut Rate to Below Inflation, Risking New Asset Bubbles Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Simon Kennedy

Ben Bernanke under fire ahead of Fed rate meeting London Times / Suzy Jagger

Ambac, MBIA White Knight Might Be Named Eric Dinallo Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Treasuries Little Changed Before Property, Confidence Reports Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

The Bonuses Keep Coming Washington Post / Tomoeh Murakami Tse and Renae Merle

Legg Mason Picks a New CEO, Ending Founder's 37-Year Tenure Washington Post / Tomoeh Murakami Tse and Neil Irwin

Gold Reaches Record in Asia Trade on Fed Rate-Cut Speculation Bloomberg / Feiwen Rong

Oil Above $91 As Stock Markets Rise AP via Washington Post / Gillian Wong

Investors take record amount out of funds Independent / Kate Hughes

Hong Kong to Slow on Subprime Crisis, HKMA's Yam Says Bloomberg / Mark Lee

Asian Stocks Gain on U.S. Interest Rate Speculation, Earnings Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho

Australian Business Confidence Drops to Two-Year Low Bloomberg / Gemma Daley

Japan's Long-Awaited Inflation Saps Spending, Economic Growth Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

Australia, N.Z. Dollars Gain on Increased Fed Rate Cut Bets Bloomberg / David McIntyre

China's Yuan May Gain More Than 10%, Sakakibara Says Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Catherine Yang


Fed cuts by half-point, hinting at more to come Marketwatch / Greg Robb

MRB Amendment Praised by SIFMA SIFMA

Expect more than a typical recession Marketwatch / Bill Donoghue

Oil may hit $70 as weaker economy lowers demand Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Positive reaction to Fed rate cut proves short-lived Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

More cuts from Fed FT / John Authers

Fed slashes U.S. rates to blunt economic slowdown Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

After the Fed: Hopes of recovery, worries on prices Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Fed delivers another rate cut CNN / Chris Isidore

TREASURIES-Inch up in Asia on Fed cut, bond insurers Reuters / Naomi Tajitsu

Long-term bonds slip after Fed cuts rates CNN / Ben Rooney

S&P Lowers or May Cut $534 Billion of Subprime Debt Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

U.S. stocks close lower as Fed-fueled rally unravels Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

International Sales Double Amazon Profit AP via Chicago Tribune / Jessica Mintz

Is generational change the election's trump card? Marketwatch / Darrell Delamaide

Will this crisis reshape mortgage industry? Seattle Post Intelligencer / Bill Virgin

McCain storms on The Economist

Fed Lowers Rate to 3% as Six-Year U.S. Expansion Falters Bloomberg / Craig Torres

FOMC Statement Federal Reserve Board

Why Is Bernanke Trying to Fight the Bear? Ludwig von Mises Institute / Frank Shostak

It's the Dollar, Stupid (and Taxes, Too) Forbes / Steve Forbes

As US recession looms, yield curve looks prescient Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

U.S. Housing Spending in Fourth Quarter Falls Most in 26 Years Bloomberg / Bob Ivry

ADP Says U.S. Companies Added 130,000 Jobs in January Bloomberg / Bob Willis

UBS subprime losses mount, bank deep in red Reuters / Thomas Atkins

European High Yield Issuance End-of-Year 2007 Data Shows Issuance Surpasses 2006 SIFMA

Economic Outlook: More Darkening Clouds Lew Rockwell / Dom Armentano

The Fed's stagflation fear CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Fed Talk: The Half-Percent Solution? Business Week via MSNBC

The Failure of Inflation Targeting Merk Hard Currency Fund via Safehaven / Axel Merk

U.S. Stocks Retreat After GDP Trails Forecasts; Yahoo Slumps Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Government: U.S. economy nearly stalled in late 2007 Houston Chronicle

High volume The Economist

The hidden victims of foreclosure AP via Allentown Morning Call / Evelyn Nieves

FL: State figures say recession Palm Beach Post / Jeff Ostrowski

Inspector Clouseau Finds Rat at SocGen Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

SocGen's Kerviel Didn't Fool Everyone Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Fed Cuts May Prevent Subprime Payment Shock, Bond Analysts Say Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Weak Q4 GDP points to 50 bps Fed cut Reuters / Ros Krasny

Fed meeting resumes; rate cut seen Reuters

U.S. Treasury says borrowing likely to rise Reuters

Treasuries Fall as Report Indicates Faster January Job Growth Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

U.S. Economy Expanded 0.6 Percent, Less Than Forecast Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

GDP slows to 0.6% in fourth quarter, U.S. says Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Economy Nearly Stalled in 4th Quarter AP via Chicago Tribune / Jeannine Aversa

Crude-oil futures gain on hopes of Fed rate cut Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Refis Increase, Purchase Apps Decrease In Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Mortgage applications near 4-year high Reuters

Another South Florida home builder files bankruptcy South Florida Sun Sentinel / Arlene Satchell

Stocks Headed For Soft Open Ahead Of Fed Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao

Higher dairy costs hurt Kraft's profit CNN

Boeing profits up 4%, despite Dreamliner delays Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

Veteran bear finding bargains in battered stock market Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Yahoo's 4th-quarter profit drops 23% LA Times / Jessica Guynn

America's Most Miserable Cities Forbes / Kurt Badenhausen

For Fed, It's Not Clear-Cut Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Fed May Cut Rate to 3%, Hold Out Prospect of Further Reductions Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Spend, Spend, Spend That Rebate? John Q. Public Just Isn't Buying It Washington Post / DeNeen L. Brown

$146 Billion Stimulus Plan Passes House Washington Post / Jonathan Weisman

Treasuries Little Changed; Economists Forecast Fed to Cut Rate Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

U.S. Economy Probably Slowed in Fourth Quarter as Housing Sank Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Dollar steady as Fed verdict holds near-term fate Reuters via Guardian

Yen Rises as Credit-Market Losses Sap Demand for Higher Yields Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Kosuke Goto

Gloom at Davos shows growing bewilderment Taipei Times / Dominique Mois

IMF deepens US recession fears by cutting global growth forecasts Independent / Sean O'Grady

U.S. Downturn Effects May Ease Worldwide Washington Post / Anthony Faiola

PA: Mortgage woes lead to loss of jobs here Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Dan Fitzpatrick

Fed’s Issue on Rates: How Low? NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Oil Rises a Fifth Day on Syncrude Shutdown, Potential Rate Cut Bloomberg / Christian Schmollinger and Gavin Evans

Asian Stocks Advance for Second Day, Led by Mining Companies Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho

Japan Factory Output Rises Less-Than-Estimated 1.4% Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield



Look Who's Making Coin Off The Credit Crisis Forbes / Maureen Farrell

Survey of Tenth District Manufacturers Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Fed's Kroszner Extends Leave as Bank Term Ends Today Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Why the job market is worse than you think CNN / Chris Isidore

Existing regulation seems to encourage banks to get into trouble The Economist

Flies in the ointment Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Google Disappoints Forbes / Wendy Tanaka

D.C. homes still out of reach Washington Times

Paul Volcker, Former Fed Chairman, Endorses Obama Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Kristin Jensen

Housing's a Mess, But be Careful Fighting the Fed Delta via Safehaven / Michael Pento

Help-Wanted Advertising Index Conference Board

Big day, brutal month CNN / Alexandra Twin

Google misses estimates CNN / Michal Lev-Ram

Wall Street Whiplash: Dow Closes Up 200 AP via ABC News / Tim Paradis

Home Depot Cuts 10% of Jobs at Atlanta Headquarters Bloomberg / Mark Clothier

MBIA (MBI) Takes A Torpedo In The Boiler Room 24/7 via Marketwatch / Douglas A. McIntyre

Platinum hits record on supply concerns AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Stevenson Jacobs

Dollar's euro gains fade but strength vs. yen intact Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite & William L. Watts

Gold hits new record – again CNN

Dealing with Recession Ludwig von Mises Institute / Clifford F. Thies

Jobs data at beginning of the year are hard to read Marketwatch / Rex Nutting,

Reaction to jobless claims surging in latest week Reuters

Friday’s Jobs Report May Shock Markets NY Post / John Crudele

Chicago purchasers report weaker-than-expected growth Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

Fed May Be Raising Rates Before Summer's Over Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Rate cut's effects? Not till next year Indianapolis Star / Ted Evanoff

125 points of cuts in one week signals Fed's mission is clear National Post / Jonathan Ratner

Thain Unexplains CDO Exit Plan NY Post / Paul Tharp

Stocks Rise Off Lows After Early Sled Ride Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

U.S. Stocks Rise, Erasing Decline, Led by Banks, Chain Stores Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Google Profit Probably Rose as Search Lead Expanded Bloomberg / Ari Levy

Amazon shares fall on profit outlook Marketwatch / Dan Gallagher

Senate economic plan would add jobless aid, rebates for high earners, seniors, disabled vets AP via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Julie Hirschfeld Davis

CA: Foreclosure bill rejected by one vote LA Times / Marc Lifsher

Pulte reports $2.2B '07 loss Detroit News

UK: A Better Way to Deal with Mortgage Fallout Morgan Stanley / David Miles

America's Federal Reserve writes a new economic script The Economist

Fed rate cut conspiracy or power play? Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Monetary Policy: Go It Alone NY Sun / Harold Furchtgott-Roth

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Fall; MBIA, Citigroup, Starbucks Drop Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

CVS Profit Nearly Doubles With Caremark AP via Forbes / Michelle R. Smith

Does Crime Rhyme with Subprime? / Stephen Taub

Mortgage bonds vulnerable to bank selling Reuters / Julie Haviv

U.S. Treasuries Gain as Jobless Claims Rise, Stocks Decline Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone

Income, spending edge past forecasts CNN

Weekly jobless claims surge Reuters

Refinancing A Mortgage? Move Fast Forbes / Liz Moyer and Tatyana Shumsky

Beware of the Stimulus Plan Boomerang / Stephen Taub and Marie Leone

Gold futures edge higher; direction sought Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

OPEC unlikely to open taps AP via Baltimore Sun

Gasoline expected to surge to near $4 AP via Baltimore Sun

Federal Reserve Tries to Polish Tarnished Image Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Bernanke's Rate Cut, Growth Outlook Align Fed With Investors Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Recession looms Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

U.S. Consumer Spending Probably Rose at Slower Pace in December Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Wall Street Blocked By Buyout Debt Washington Post / David Cho

The Cash Machine is Broken Pimco / Myles Bradshaw

U.S. Subprime Loan Turmoil and Japanese Credit Markets Pimco / Koyo Ozeki

Subprime, CDO Bank Losses May Exceed $265 Billion, S&P Says Bloomberg / Jody Shenn and David Mildenberg

UK: Bank must reshape its role to ensure monetary and fiscal policy are in tune Independent / Hamish McRae

China: Inflation makes its way to China Taipei Times / Zhang Jun

Treasuries Fall; Gain in Asian Stocks Curtails Demand for Debt Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

U.S. economy still ticking, just barely Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Weak Dollar Has Small Businesses Thinking Globally NY Times / Marci Alboher

Asian Stocks Advance, Led by Electronics Companies, Automakers Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho and Shiyin Chen

Yuan Set for Best Month Since End of Link on Inflation Outlook Bloomberg / Kim Kyoungwha