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You're Invited . . . To Pay Your Mortgage Washington Post / Renae Merle

Fed Heavy Lifting, SocGen Fallout, China Trade Tension Bloomberg / Michael R. Sesit

US consumer confidence has slumped to 'recession' levels Independent / Sean O'Grady

Bernanke consulted with Thompson and others while wrestling with credit crunch Charlotte Observer

3rd bond-rating firm downgrades McClatchy Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

Insurer Seeks Spinoff to Save Muni-Bond Unit Washington Post / Tomoeh Murakami Tse

Taxes certain, but rules change Gannett News via Cincinnati Enquirer

EBay seller boycott set to start Monday CNN / Stacy Cowley

Market still facing headwinds from credit, economy Marketwatch / Carla Mozee

Delinquency rate, foreclosures rise for Countrywide AP via Clarion Ledger

Buy Less but Pay Lots More, and Get a Misleading Rise in Sales NY Times / Floyd Norris

Work disappears for day laborers AP via Detroit Free Press / Evelyn Nieves

CA: High-end home sales soar in Bay Area San Francisco Chronicle / James Temple

Look out below if long rates go higher LA Times / Tom Petruno

Two-Year Treasuries Match Rally in 1998 on Sign of Weak Economy Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger and Sandra Hernandez

A Split-Up of Insurers of Bonds Is Considered NY Times / Vikas Bajaj

Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Loss in 2008 on Signs Growth Slowing Bloomberg / Ye Xie and Lukanyo Mnyanda

Cross-holdings muddy Yahoo, Microsoft drama San Francisco Chronicle / Verne Kopytoff

In Mexico, old U.S. cars find new homes LA Times / Marla Dickerson


Henry Cisneros on the hot seat San Antonio Express Courier / Jennifer Hiller

China's producer price index rises 6.1% in January Marketwatch / Chris Oliver

Bleak economic trends Washington Times

Bill Poole's last year has been anything but placid St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

McCain Says Bernanke Should Have Reduced Interest Rates Faster Bloomberg / Lorraine Woellert

As economic tide recedes, an undertow of long-simmering insecurities grows AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Adam Geller

Cisco, With Recent Pullback, Could Provide an Opportunity Wall Street Journal / Bill Alpert

Dollar-Wise Strategies Wall Street Journal / Nicole Bullock

Sidelined home buyers frozen by fears Reuters / Julie Haviv

NC: `People are out, kicking tires' on area houses Charlotte Observer / Stella M. Hopkins

Some Homeless Squat in Foreclosed Houses AP via LA Times / Thomas J. Sheeran

Housing Starts May Hold Near 16-Year Low: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Firms round up; we pay the price LA Times / David Lazarus

Is saving money costing you in the end? AP via The State / Hillary Rhodes

Price-earning rations appear briefly, become useless quickly Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Gregory M. Drahuschak

After index changes, Dow-tracking ETF gets sector shift, cheaper valuation Marketwatch / John Spence

Britain nationalizes ailing Northern Rock Reuters / Sumeet Desai and Marc Jones

Euro zone growth may be weaker than hoped: Noyer Reuters / Francois Murphy

USDA makes nation's largest beef recall AP via Houston Chronicle / Greg Risling

Arcane Market Is Next to Face Big Credit Test NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

When Will Earnings Recover? US News and World Report via NY Times / Paul J. Lim

Look beyond the big 'R': the slowdown has a way to go but history shows that shares can take it in their stride Independent / Hamish McRae

Don’t cave in to bankers who plead for more London Times / Irwin Stelzer

Good Deals for Income Investors Wall Street Journal / Jane J. Kim

Indexing & ETFs Stability Counts as ETF World Gets Crowded Wall Street Journal / Eleanor Laise

Interest-rate cut takes slice out of CD's lure Contra Costa Times via Seattle Times / Barbara E. Hernandez

Looks Like The Party is Over for Mr. Schwarzman NY Post / Terry Keenan

Barclays Bank, Lloyds TSB try to lift gloom with dividend rise London Times / John Waples and Louise Armitstead

Insurer balks at exotic home loans Boston Herald / Kenneth R. Harney

Clinton, Obama Trade Barbs in Wisconsin Over `Hope,' Experience Bloomberg / Kim Chipman and Karen Leigh

It’s an Election, Not a Revolution NY Times / Tyler Cowen

Municipal bonds provide safe haven for wary investors AP via Taipei Times

Getting Inside the Fed's Head Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Former Refco chief pleads guilty Bloomberg via Taipei Times

Unions a wild card as airlines seek deals Chicago Tribune / Julie Johnson


FL: What happens when the boom goes bust? Palm Beach Post / Eve Samples

Oil Prices Rise Above US$96 a Barrel AP via Forbes / Thomas Hogue

Shanghai unsettled on inflation, Tokyo posts gains Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Hewlett-Packard's Tea Leaves Forbes / Brian Caulfield

Low unemployment rate hides rise in longterm jobless Kevin G. Hall

Remodeling is declining nationwide Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

UK: Grabbing the bank The Economist

Banker: Make all pay to play Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Canada: Carney stays the course Globe and Mail / Heather Scoffield

Meld monetary, fiscal policy to thaw out U.S. credit markets Marketwatch / Irwin Kellner

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman and David Greenlaw

Banks "quietly" borrow $50 billion from Fed: report Reuters

Ambac considering option to split itself: report Reuters

'Old-fashioned' banks manage to avoid credit crisis USA Today / Matt Krantz

What Matters More For the US Dollar:  Yield or Growth? DailyFX / Kathy Lien

The Implications of Globalization for the Economy and Public Policy Bank of Canada

Bank of Canada not worried about a c/a deficit Reuters

Wall Street Faces Fury Over Subprimes AP via Chicago Tribune / Mark Jewell

Drip, Drip, Drip: Then the Dam Collapses Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Auction-Rate Bonds Lure Investors With 20% Interest Bloomberg / John Glover

Explosion rocks West Texas refinery, details scarce AP via Houston Chronicle

Gasoline prices back above $3 a gallon USA Today

Jumbo mortgages: The best deals Fortune via CNN

FL: Economic storm clouds are moving in fast Miami Herald / Nancy Dahlberg

TN: Supply-sider Laffer says Tennessee is doing well Tennessean

Former President Bush Endorses McCain's Bid for Presidency Bloomberg / Edwin Chen

In Wisconsin, Obama has edge over Clinton Marketwatch / Russ Britt

Clinton issues new blueprint on economy AP via Washington Post

Markets Shuttered for Holiday / Mark Glassman

France says 20 European Union nations reject latest WTO proposals on global trade deal AP via San Diego Union Tribune

Oil prices up on possible supply cuts CNN

Bond Insurer Split May Trigger Lawsuits, Analysts Say Bloomberg / Cecile Gutscher

Wall Street Braces for More Volatility AP via Forbes / Madlen Read

Rock's rescue plans 'carry risk' BBC News

Schultz still sees an apocalypse Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

From Foreclosure Signs to Auto Repo Lots Washington Post / David Cho and Nancy Trejos

US economic officials have colorful, if downbeat, vocabulary AP via Taipei Times

Fed's Lower Rates Pressure China to Strengthen Yuan Bloomberg / Wes Goodman and Kim Kyoungwha

Bernanke's Rate Cuts Force Asia Back to Price Limits, Subsidies Bloomberg / Shamim Adam

Dollar Trades Near Two-Week Low Versus Euro Before Housing Data Bloomberg / Stanley White and Kosuke Goto

UK: Now we will all feel pain of the credit crunch Independent / Sean O'Grady

UK: Fury as Chancellor Darling nationalizes Northern Rock Telegraph / Jonathan Russell, Katherine Griffiths and Philip Aldrick

China's Inflation Probably Surged to 11-Year High Bloomberg / Nipa Piboontanasawat

Stagflation Hits Singapore as Inequity Grows Bloomberg / Andy Mukherjee

Oil Trades Above $95 After Gaining on Asian Growth, Funds Flow Bloomberg / Gavin Evans



Retirees' answer could lie in TIPS Baltimore Sun / Eileen Ambrose

McCain's econ brain Fortune via CNN

Obama, McCain Continue Winning Streaks in Wisconsin Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen and Julianna Goldman

Do Markets Make News or Does News Make Markets? Wall Street Window via Safehaven / Michael Swanson

Stocks Have Frosty Finish / Igor Greenwald

Years needed for Northern Rock turnaround UPI

The Traders Did It! Forbes / Liz Moyer

Stocks slide on oil spike CNN / Alexandra Twin

Hewlett-Packard Profit Tops Estimates; Shares Climb Bloomberg / Connie Guglielmo

Winn-Dixie posts lower earnings, lifts outlook Marketwatch / Jim Jelter

World Bank selects Pimco to manage new bond fund Reuters

Ten-Year Yields Reach Highest in Month on Risk of Inflation Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

10Y note falls one point in price Reuters

MBIA Former Chief Returns as Credit Rating Cut Looms Bloomberg / Christine Richard

Merrill's Lipsay Departs in Fixed-Income Overhaul, People Say Bloomberg / Bradley Keoun

FDIC Consumer News FDIC

Credit Suisse plunges on $2.85bn mark-down FT / Chris Hughes and Paul J. Davies

Credit Suisse Gets Hit Forbes / Vidya Ram

Recession Claims Its Next Victim: Commercial Construction Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

U.S. home-builder sentiment rises slightly in Feb. Reuters / Burton Frierson

Houston home sales, prices continue softening Houston Chronicle / Nancy Sarnoff

Home prices can be numbers game Washington Post via Contra Costa Times / Sandra Fleishman

A Fresh Idea To Deal With The Housing Crisis NY Post / John Crudele

Supply worries spur crude back above $100 a barrel Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Oil Climbs Above $99, Gasoline Touches Record, on OPEC Outlook Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Wheat Shreds Goldman, USDA Forecasts Belied by Gains Bloomberg / Tony Dreibus and Jeff Wilson

Precious metals spike on supply concerns AP via Houston Chronicle / Stevenson Jacobs

'Grim Reaper' Has a Bearish Outlook for Investors NY Sun / Dan Dorfman

How Yahoo went from Web star to Microsoft prey Marketwatch / John Letzing

Corporate Express Rejects Staples' Bid AP via Forbes / Mark Jewell

Issues in Macroeconomic Policy Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis / Gary H. Stern

Fed's Stern says rate cuts should protect economy Reuters

New York Bond Costs Rise as Banks Let Auctions Fail Bloomberg / Michael Quint

Yield Curve Concerns, Keynesian Fixes, Broken Models Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Treasurys fall as stocks rise, oil surges Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Stores trim stocks as customers cut back AP via Chicago Tribune

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks bolt out of the gate CNN

Microsoft getting ready to play hardball Marketwatch / Benjamin Pimentel

Thomson Gets EU OK for Reuters Bid AP via Chicago Tribune / Aoife White

Wall Street Rises in Early Trading AP via Chicago Tribune / Madlen Read

Wal-Mart Profit Climbs on Grocery, Electronics Sales Bloomberg / Lauren Coleman-Lochner

Oil Rises Above $98, Gasoline Touches Record, on OPEC Outlook Bloomberg / Mark Shenk

Commodities Surge to Record as Inflation Concern Sparks Demand Bloomberg / Millie Munshi

Oil heads back toward $100 AP via CNN

Price of platinum jumps again LA Times

Loans go bad as British housing bubble pops LA Times / Kim Murphy

Will the market pass its retest? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Australian Dollar Gains as Inflation May Spur Rate Increases Bloomberg / Ron Harui

China's Inflation Quickens to Fastest in 11 Years Bloomberg / Nipa Piboontanasawat

China inflation hits 11-year high BBC News

Treasuries Drop Before Report May Show Annual Inflation Rose Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

UK: Treasury cannot be allowed to rob bank investors FT / Tim Congdon

Consumers will pay as iron ore price rise hits cost of steel London Times / David Robertson

Credit squeeze's potential ripple effects Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Bernanke Turns 10-Year Notes Into Losers as Refinancing Surges Bloomberg / Liz Capo McCormick


Gold timers are less bullish than at New Year's, a good sign Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Gross Says U.S. Budget Deficit May Reach $800 Billion Bloomberg / Thomas R. Keene and Sandra Hernandez

Fresh credit market turmoil FT / Sarah O’Connor, Robert Cookson and Michael Mackenzie

Junk Borrowers at Risk of Violating Covenants Rises Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

Oil’s rise to $100 catches hedge funds short FT / Chris Flood

Pimco's Gross Says Inflation, Credit Losses to Thwart Fed Cuts Bloomberg / Thomas R. Keene and Sandra Hernandez

Stagflation threat haunts Fed Globe and Mail / Barrie McKenna

Fed Now Expecting Slower U.S. Growth And Higher Inflation Investors Business Daily / Scott Stoddard

Buyer Beware: Unsold Homes Are Often 'Re-listed' ABC News / Vicki Mabrey and Melia Patria

Jobless Claims, Oil Inventories On Thursday Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Driving to the Gold Rush NY Times / Elisabeth Malkin

Why Senator Snort Is Not a Libertarian Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Gold Rises to Record as Oil Sparks Demand for Inflation Hedge Bloomberg / Pham-Duy Nguyen

Oil prices waffle, settle at record $100.74 close AP via Houston Chronicle

Treasurys mixed after CPI, FOMC minutes AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

FOMC Minutes Federal Reserve Board

Fed Saw Need for `Relatively Low' Rates for Some Time Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Fed cuts growth forecast and warns of downside risks Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Clinton, seeking comeback, ridicules Obama Reuters / Steve Holland

Get ready for a 2009 CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Get Ready Detroit--Here Comes China Forbes / Donald Straszheim

Pimco Power in Treasuries Prompts Suit Gross Says Is Nonsense Bloomberg / Seth Lubove and Elizabeth Stanton

Credit crunch increasingly resembles whack-a-mole Marketwatch

Treasurys fall further on inflation data Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Housing mess threatens to widen income gap Chicago Tribune / Stephen Franklin

Fed Forecasts Clash With `Downside Risks' Policy Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Ore-some The Economist

Inflating a New Bubble? Money Matters via Safehaven / Puru Saxena

Dollar extends gains after hot inflation data Marketwatch / William L. Watts & Lisa Twaronite

MI: Detroit 3 near $14-an-hour hiring blitz Detroit Free Press / Tim Higgins

Mortgage Applications Decrease In Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Barack Obama rolls on The Economist

TREASURIES-Prices turn higher as investors seek safety Reuters

Stocks Fall After Weak Economic Reports AP via Chicago Tribune / Madlen Read

New single-family homes at 17-year low CNN / Chris Isidore

US home loan demand plunges as interest rates soar Reuters / Julie Haviv

A Gift Horse For Fannie & Freddie? Forbes / Matthew Swibel

Oil prices retreat after closing above $100 a barrel in previous session AP via Houston Chronicle / George Jahn

Gold and other metals decline, pivoting off rally Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Total picture on inflation a rising worry Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Consumer Prices in U.S. Increase More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Consumer Prices Rise Again in January AP via Chicago Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

U.S. chain store sales rose 0.8 pct last week-Redbook Reuters

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Obama's winning streak powered by Internet savvy Marketwatch

Making Economics Relevant Again NY Times / David Leonhardt

Momentum buying can beat the stock market Telegraph / Tom Stevenson

There's no fairy-tale ending in the Delta-Northwest merger Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

If superdelegates pick nominee, Democrats face backlash Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

U.S. Housing Starts Probably Stayed Near 1991 Low, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Yen Falls as Commodity Gains May Boost Currencies of Exporters Bloomberg / Stanley White

Treasuries Rise; Stock Declines, Record Oil May Curb Spending Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Asian Stocks Fall as Oil Surges Past $100; Inpex Holdings Gains Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho and Patrick Rial

Oil Falls From Record $100.10 on Speculation Stockpiles Gained Bloomberg / Christian Schmollinger


While Rates Soar, ARM Holders Catch a Break NY Post / John Crudele

The strange existence of market anomalies The Economist

Japain The Economist

Bold Bulls bloody but unbowed Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Clinton, Obama face off in testy Texas debate Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Pimco Says Odds of 1 Percent Fed Rate More Likely in 12 Months Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Watch inflation now! CNN / Chris Isidore

That ’70s Look: Stagflation NY Times / Graham Bowley

Gas may hit $3.75 by summer Bradenton Journal / Stacey Eidson

Gold, platinum futures soar to new records Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Non-Agency Mortgage Bond Holdings Jump $48 Billion at Big Banks Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

MBIA Advocates Severing Municipal, Corporate Units Bloomberg / Caroline Salas and Romaine Bostick

People keeping cars and trucks longer, report shows AP via Chicago Tribune Dee-Ann Durbin

U.S. Business Cycle Panelists Not Ready to Declare a Recession Bloomberg / Steve Matthews

Credit crisis hits Main Street CNN / Tami Luhby

Stocks fall amid weak economic data AP via Detroit News / Joe Bel Bruno

How Hillary Clinton blew a sure thing McClatchy / Steven Thomma

The Privatization of Public Services Ludwig von Mises Institute / John L. Chapman

Oil prices start to cool CNN / David Goldman

Average gasoline price jumps to $3.09 nationally AP via Houston Chronicle

The Great Humbler (Mr. Market) Forbes / Martin T.Sosnoff

Microsoft Promoting Interoperability AP via Forbes

Treasuries Rise on Decline in Philadelphia Region Manufacturing Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

Total Securities Issuance Maintains Pace at $6.44 Trillion for 2007 Despite Market Volatility in the Second Half SIFMA

Gold soars to new record high of $955.50 an ounce Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Pumped up The Economist

Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Fed February Factory Index Falls to -24 Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Bernanke's State of the Economy speech: "You are all dead ducks" Online Journal via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Mike Whitney

Don't Bet the Farm on Rate Cuts Delta via Safehaven / Michael Pento

U.S. Stocks Fall, Erasing Early Gains; Exxon, GE Shares Retreat Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks Pull Back Into Mixed Territory After Early Spurt Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

Fixed mortgage rates rise, adjustable rates fall CNN

The Conference Board U.S. Leading Index Decreased 0.1 Percent Conference Board

U.S. economic indicators off 0.1% in January Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Food takes bigger bite from wallet Chicago Tribune / Mike Hughlett and Mary Ellen Podmolik

The road to e-democracy The Economist

Auction Debt Succumbs to Bid-Rig Taint as Citi Flees Bloomberg / Darrell Preston

Common sense fix for muni bonds Fortune via CNN / Jon Birger

Muni mess: Another black eye for Wall Street Fortune via CNN / Colin Barr

IL: Freezing prices in cold market Chicago Tribune / William Sluis and Mary Umberger

J.C. Penney 4Q Profit Falls 10 Percent AP via LA Times

Obama Wins Global Primary AP via Forbes / Stephen Ohlemacher

Trichet May Not Cut Rates in 2008, Say Merrill, ABN Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy

Usual Suspects Show Up On Cue to Challenge Fed Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Fed Sees Rate Low `for a Time,' Then Chance of `Rapid' Reversal Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Fidelity pay under fire Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Treasuries Are Little Changed; Report May Show Indicators Fell Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Asian Stocks Rise on Earnings Expectations; Nintendo Advances Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho and Emma O'Brien

Oil Near $100 After Record Close AP via Washington Post / Gillian Wong

Pittsburgh-area retail prices rise 3.4% in last half of '07 Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Teresa F. Lindeman

Obama Entered February With Cash Edge of Millions Over Clinton Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen and Jonathan D. Salant

US Fed may cut US interest rates again after gloomy forecast Telegraph / James Quinn

Rising Inflation Limits the Fed as Growth Lags NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews and Michael M. Grynbaum

UK housing market close to collapse, analyst says London Times / Robin Pagnamenta

Japan's Export Growth Unexpectedly Quickens to 7.7% Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield

Yen Trades Near Three-Week Low Against Euro as Stocks Advance Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto



Who’s Flying This Helicopter Anyway? National Review / Tom Nugent

Economic Conditions in Singapore and Vietnam: A Monetary Policymaker's Report Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet L. Yellen

Fed latitude to cut rates rests on price psychology FT / Krishna Guha

Inflation: America's Greatest Export Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Is This Your Daddys Stagflation? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Speeches & Testimony FDIC / Sheila C. Bair

Brazil dances with OPEC CNN / Steve Hargreaves

30-year mortgage rates break back above 6 percent AP via Baltimore Sun

Grand jury indicts 'Flip This House' star San Antonio Express News / Creighton A. Welch

Housing crash fuels rise in card debt Reno Gazette Journal via USA Today / Jason Hidalgo

How investors are playing a possible return to 1970's-style stagflation Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Fed's Fisher warns on growth but wary of inflation Reuters / Alister Bull

Fisher Says U.S. to Avoid `Prolonged' Slump in Growth Bloomberg / Vivien Lou Chen and Scott Lanman

Federal Reserve will offer $30 billion in 28-day credit through its term auction facility on February 25, 2008 Federal Reserve Board

If Yahoo said no to Microsoft, what could it do? Reuters / Anupreeta Das

Detroit funds sue Yahoo over Microsoft rebuff Reuters via Forbes / Gina Keating

Late Turnaround Saves The Day On Wall Street Forbes / Steve Schaefer

U.S. Stocks Rally in Final 30 Minutes, Gain for Week, on Ambac Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Flu activity pervasive across the U.S. Marketwatch / Kristen Gerencher

The Low Spark of High-Yield Boys Trading The Charts via Safehaven / Vince Foster

A Petrodollar Tsunami Warning Morgan Stanley / Stephen Jen & Charles St-Arnaud

Heated crop prices spark supply fears Chicago Tribune / Joshua Boak

Beware: Late-day rally killer on the loose CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Little motion in market can hide undertow Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Stocks Continue Light-Volume Slide Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

U.S. stocks extend losses in volatile market Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

4 economic signs in merchants' windows CNN / Parija B. Kavilanz

Is economy a '70s flashback? St. Petersburg Times / Kris Hundley

The 44th president's $4 trillion headache CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

U.S. hiking fines for hiring illegal immigrants by 25% AP via Houston Chronicle / Eileen Sullivan

Sacramento-area houses get more affordable Sacramento Bee / Jim Wasserman

Banks Lose to Deadbeat Homeowners as Loans Sold in Bonds Vanish Bloomberg / Bob Ivry

GMAC, ResCap cut deeper into junk status by S&P Reuters

Florida schools flee troubled bond market Fortune via CNN / Colin Barr

Another Kick in the ARS / Tim Reason

CA: Southland rents rise despite falling home prices LA Times / Andrea Chang

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

U.S. Stock Futures Gain, Erasing Earlier Losses; Newmont Climbs Bloomberg / Michael Patterson

Goldman, U.S. Brokers May Earn 40% Less Profit, Bernstein Says Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns

Oil Prices Hold Above $98 a Barrel AP via LA Times / Pablo Gorondi

Gold near record, platinum hits historic high Reuters via Forbes / Lewa Pardomuan

Lenders Fighting Mortgage Rewrite Washington Post / Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Foreclosure Auctioneer's Lonely Task Washington Post / Nick Miroff

The next credit tidal wave Independent

Outdated Prices Blamed in Credit Suisse Error NY Times / Julia Werdigier

It's Time to Dump the Federal Reserve Lew Rockwell / Mike Whitney

Treasury Two-Year Notes Head for First Weekly Loss This Year Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

How falling home prices imperil the U.S. economy Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

Asian Stocks Fall on U.S. Recession Concern; Toyota Declines Bloomberg / Chua Kong Ho

Dollar Heads for Weekly Loss on Concern U.S. Growth Has Stalled Bloomberg / Stanley White

U.S. missile shoots down satellite – but why? Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier and Gordon Lubold

Obama rose. Clinton slid fast. Why? Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann


Business travel bills skyrocket AP via Allentown Morning Call / Adam Schreck and John Wilen

Obama, Clinton Wrangle Over Trade Before Ohio Contest Bloomberg / Kim Chipman and Catherine Dodge

Now at hotels: The $250 cigarette Wall Street Journal via Denver Post / Sarah Nassauer

European 2-Year Notes Drop for Second Week on Inflation Concern Bloomberg / Anchalee Worrachate

Bernanke's Surprise Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve: the Complete Transcript Ludwig von Mises Institute

Ambac May Get $3 Billion in New Capital From Banks, Person Says Bloomberg / Erik Holm and Bryan Keogh

Two-Year Treasuries Fall, Halting 9-Week Rally, on Fed Outlook Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

Muni bond sell-off persists amid worries about insurers LA Times

Homeowners Losing Equity Lines Washington Post / Dina ElBoghdady

Banks try to ease burden on borrowers Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

U.S. Stocks Rise for a Second Week, Led by Energy, Bank Shares Bloomberg / Eric Martin

Microsoft Says It Won't Uproot Yahoo AP via Orlando Sentinel / Jessica Mintz

United renews interest in Delta UPI

Dollar Falls to 3-Week Low Against Euro on Recession Concern Bloomberg / Ye Xie and Bo Nielsen

Is Obama Open to Criticism? AP via Forbes / Nedra Pickler

Move Over, Oil, There’s Money in Texas Wind NY Times / Clifford Krauss

UK: High price of wheat threatens pig farms Telegraph / James Hall

On Clothing Racks, Inflation Is the Hot Trend NY Times / Floyd Norris

Stimulus Measure Promises Relief for Home Buyers NY Times / Katie Hafner

Japan's 10-Year Bonds Erase Weekly Loss as Local Stocks Fall Bloomberg / Yumi Teso and Kosuke Goto


Lehman Brothers enters ETN business Marketwatch / John Spence

Tiny numbers make foreclosure increases look huge Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Bernanke to tell Congress has eyes on growth risks Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

A Bank Led, Bank Insurer Bailout? Efficient Markets have Less Gullibilty and Less Manipulation BoomBustBlog via Safehaven / Reggie Middleton

Same old song? Inflation, growth worries dominate Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

Rate of long-term unemployed is rising Chicago Tribune via Wichita Eagle / Barbara Rose

Bad times Are Good For ?Bankruptcy Lawyers NY Post / John Aidan Byrne

Spending Growth to Stall, Home Sales Down: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Should you buy or should you hold off? United Feature Syndicate via Chicago Tribune / Lew Sichelman

Negative index morphs to positive market -- if you wait long enough Bloomberg / Gregory M. Drahuschak

OPEC President Khelil Expects Oil Demand to Decline Bloomberg / Ahmed Rouaba

Strapped Americans Turn To Retirement Accounts NY Post / Terry Keenan

China to Stay With Tight Monetary Policy, PBOC Says Bloomberg / Li Yanping

KS: Housing meltdown goes beyond houses Wichita Eagle / Dan Voorhis

Governors Deal With Tough Budget Times AP via Washington Post / Andrew Welsh-Huggins

PA: Are you paying too much sales tax? Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Patricia Sabatini

Dallas Fed chief Richard Fisher challenges traditional economic wisdom Dallas Morning News / Brendan M. Case

Sun shines on some as storm clouds gather over US economy London Times / Irwin Stelzer

US recession danger as house prices tumble Telegraph / Liam Halligan

Adding Risk (Carefully) to Your Bond Portfolio NY Times / J. Alex Tarqinio

Germans accuse UBS of sub-prime ‘mis-selling’ London Times / John Waples

Clinton Takes Strong Exception To Tactics of Obama Campaign Washington Post / Perry Bacon Jr. and Alec MacGillis

From the New Deal, a Way Out of a Mess NY Times / Alan S. Blinder

The Wrong Questions About the Mortgage Market Washington Post / Michelle Singletary

Cleveland: ghost town created by America’s loan scandal London Times

CT: Confronting a Wave of Foreclosures NY Times / Lisa Prevost

US$100 a barrel 'a fair price' for oil, Chavez says AP via Taipei Times

Overseas Stocks Lose Their Magic Wall Street Journal / Joanna Slater

A Sign of Hope for Stocks Marketwatch via NY Times / Mark Hulbert

Maybe Microsoft Should Stalk Different Prey NY Times / Randall Stross

UT: Once Immune, Utah Is Feeling Economic Dip NY Times / Kirk Johnson

The world needs fewer computers than you think Guardian via Taipei Times / Nick Carr

Flight Costs on the Rise Wall Street Journal / Kelli B. Grant

UK: Coming back to haunt him: the billions in debt that Brown thought he'd buried Independent / Magnus Lloyd



Bernanke's Recession Is Here: 11 Reasons It Will Last Till 2011 Market Watch via Fox News via Fiend’s SuperBear Page / Paul B. Farrell

Higher US Inflation, Not Stagflation Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman and David Greenlaw

Does Stabilizing Inflation Contribute to Stabilizing Economic Activity? Federal Reserve Board / Frederic S. Mishkin

Play your cards right The Economist

Improving Risk Management in Light of Recent Market Events Federal Reserve Board / Randall S. Kroszner

Kroszner: Fed must be mindful on growth and prices Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

Crude falls as home sales data stir economic fears Marketwatch / Moming Zhou & Polya Lesov

Inflation Assets Hit New All-Time Highs Technical Indicator Index via Safehaven / Robert McHugh

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks Climb On Firm Volume Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

Top market-timers still bullish Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

More credit costs seen weighing on banks, brokers Marketwatch / Greg Morcroft

Builders Look for the Bottom Forbes / Peter Slatin

Report: Greenspan foresees deeper recession ahead AP via Detroit News

Immigration not the issue many expected in Texas McClatchy / Dave Montgomery

FL: Housing prices in S. Fla. continue freefall South Florida Sun Sentinel / Paul Owers

AZ: After housing bust, hard times in Arizona Christian Science Monitor / Faye Bowers

Interest rates: The new conundrum CNN / Chris Isidore

Bernanke, Bush Fail to Build Better Economy With Cuts, Stimulus Bloomberg / Rich Miller

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Treasury Two-Year Notes Can't Escape Faster Inflation Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

TREASURIES-Slip as U.S. stocks set to rise on Ambac Reuters / Kevin Plumberg

Auction-Rate Bonds Force `Predatory' Yields on Cities Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke and Martin Z. Braun

As Goodyear Junk Bonds Slide, Shares Signal Rebounding Economy Bloomberg / Fabio Alves and Michael Tsang

Guardian of Leading Index More Upbeat Than Data Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Economy to skirt recession, but growth said to crawl Reuters / Joanna Morrison

U.S. Existing Home Sales Fell to 4.89 Million Rate in January Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Homebuyer Patience Triumphs in a Waiting Game Bloomberg / John F. Wasik

IL: Home sales drop more than 30% in Chicago, state Chicago Tribune

Sales of existing homes and prices both fall in January AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

U.S. Stocks Advance, Led by Energy, Drug Shares; Banks Fall Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Sacramento-area tire dealers see sales go flat as economy sour Sacramento Bee / Jon Ortiz

Oil back near $100 a barrel AP via CNN


Money market funds get volatile San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

China Is No. 1 Forbes / Brian Wingfield

From Bad to Worse Grim economic news Daily Standard / Irwin M. Stelzer

Consumers cut back on small pleasures USA Today / Bruce Horovitz

Worries grow for twin evils of 'stagflation' – stagnant economy, lost jobs, surging inflation AP via San Diego Union Tribune / Jeannine Aversa

CO: Affordable rental vacancies down Denver Post / Margaret Jackson

Utah marks fifth quarter in row as nation's home-price increase leader Salt Lake Tribune / Lesley Mitchell

Who is Blowing Bubbles in the Commodity Markets? Sir Charts a lot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

Fear of U.S. recession could help drive one Reuters / Joanne Morrison

Visa charges ahead with IPO plan Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Hillary Clinton battling to hold Ohio Reuters / Carey Gillam

White House to veto foreclosure bill AP via CNN

The U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy Federal Reserve Board / Donald L. Kohn

Federal Reserve announces results of auction of $30 billion in 28-day credit held on February 25, 2008 Federal Reserve Board

Regional Feds split over steep rate cut need –Fed Reuters

Fed more worried about growth than prices: Kohn Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Fed Banks Differed Over Rates Before Emergency Cut Jan. 22 Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Weak confidence, PPI jump stoke stagflation fear Reuters / Burton Frierson

Can't Anyone Here Deal with Derivatives? / Stephen Taub

Long-term Treasurys hit by PPI news AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

Widespread House Price Declines In Fourth Quarter Mortgage Bankers Association

Bush: Economy not in recession: radio interview Reuters

Oil prices head toward $101 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle / Adam Schreck

No Country for Old Maids Pimco / Bill Gross

The Ben Bernanke Show Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Bernanke vs. the economy CNN / David Ellis

Bernanke Fails to Cut Rates for Most Americans With Easy Credit Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

Most U.S. Stocks Rise, Erasing Drop, on IBM $15 Billion Buyback Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

RadioShack earnings rise 20 percent AP via Houston Chronicle / David Koenig

Housing Crumbles Home Depot Forbes / Carl Gutierrez

Producer Prices in U.S. Increase More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Bob Willis

U.S. Economy: Confidence Declines, Producer Prices Increase Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman and Bob Willis

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Fell 9.1% in December Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Selling Gold at I.M.F. to Rebuild Its Finances NY Times / Steven R. Weisman

Claiming a piece of him The Economist

Goldman, Lehman May Not Have Dodged Credit Crisis Bloomberg / Mark Pittman


No gloom and doom from Adens Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Google Rises After Bank of America Recommends Stock Bloomberg / Allen Wan

Refi Drop Drives Decline in Mortgage Apps, Purchase Applications Unchanged In Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage Bankers Association

Did Mr Bernanke's Speech To Congress Mislead The People? Collection Agency via Safehaven / Mick P

St. Louis is likely to lose thousands of jobs it never had St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Nobel laureate estimates wars' cost at more than $3 trillion McClatchy / Kevin G. Hall

House passes $18 billion in new taxes on biggest oil companies AP via Contra Costa Times / H. Josef Hebert

Countrywide sued over 'excessive' fees on defaults Reuters

Ben Bernanke's high-wire act CNN / David Ellis

China's stockmarkets have been sliding for months The Economist

Treasurys mixed after hectic news flow AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

Stocks end flat in topsy-turvy day CNN / Alexandra Twin

Bernanke Plays It Again Thursday Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Obama holds his lead The Economist

NAFTA a success, says commerce secretary AP via Houston Chronicle

33 million Americans now only use cell phones at home Newsday / Richard J. Dalton, Jr.

Bets are off--casinos feel economic pinch Reuters / Chris Reiter and Deena Beasley

Blocked YouTube The Economist

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

The Importance of Economic Education and Financial Literacy Federal Reserve Board / Frederic S. Mishkin

Bond fears undermine Fed action FT / Krishna Guha

Bernanke Pledges Fed Will Act in a `Timely Manner' Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Scott Lanman

Odds for more rate cuts gain on Bernanke testimony Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

FOMC sets informal inflation target of 1.5% to 2% Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Euro pushes to new highs above $1.51 Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Rise on Rate-Cut Speculation, Fannie, Freddie Caps Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Inflation may keep pushing mortgages up Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

New home sales near a 13-year low CNN / David Goldman

Crude falls as U.S. inventories gain more than expected Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

Bernanke's `Brilliant' Fed Vision Evokes Investors' Frustration Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Federal Reserve Fuels Fire Without the Kindling Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Jan durable goods orders fell 5.3 percent Reuters

Stagosaurus is back on display Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Moody's, S&P Say MBIA Is AAA; Debt Market Not So Sure Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Christine Richard

Bonds rally on Fannie Mae loss, drop in durables Reuters / Chris Reese

Treasuries Rise as Fannie Mae Posts Bigger-Than-Forecast Loss Bloomberg / Sandra Hernandez and Gavin Finch

Banks obtain billions from Fed AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Martin Crutsinger

SEC Probing Office Depot Disclosures To Analysts NY Post / James Covert

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Drop on Durable Goods, Fannie Mae Loss Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Mortgage applications slide again AP via CNN

Oil surges to highest mark ever AP via CNN

Microsoft Gets Mother Of All EU Fines Forbes / Parmy Olson

States To Consumers: Pay Up Forbes / Ashlea Ebeling

South Florida No. 1 nationally in self-employment South Florida Sun Sentinel / Marcia Heroux Pounds

IMF Sees Need For Fiscal Stimulus Forbes / Oxford Analytica

A slowdown in U.S. economy, yes, but a mild one Christian Science Monitor / Mark Trumbull

New Worries on Inflation and Homes NY Times / Vikas Bajaj

Seeds of bad debt can yield a rich harvest Independent / David Litterick and Helen Power

A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google’s Clicks Go Flat NY Times / Miguel Helft

Wheat prices hit record high Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

Housing Woes Put Bush, Hill At Odds Washington Post / David Cho and Lyndsey Layton

Wall Street braced for further half-point cut in interest rates by Fed London Times / Suzy Jagger

Treasuries Little Changed; Dollar Decline May Fuel Inflation Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Dollar Falls to Record Low of $1.50 per Euro on Rate Outlook Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Stanley White

Oil Trades Near Record as U.S. Dollar Falls, Commodities Surge Bloomberg / Christian Schmollinger

Asian Stocks Rise for Third Day, Led by BHP Billiton and Marui Bloomberg / Chen Shiyin and Patrick Rial

Obama Surges Past Clinton, Trails McCain on Security, Poll Says Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla



Gold futures poised to soon top $1,000 an ounce Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

An Upside for the Middle Class Washington Post / Michael A. Fletcher

CA: State, preparing to borrow, faces cold market for munis LA Times / Tom Petruno

Why debt markets and shares have parted company The Economist

Derivatives Suggest Credit Markets Faith in Fed Actions Fading Bloomberg / Liz Capo McCormick

Gold may be at a record high, but bullish sentiment is not Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Money for old hope The Economist

Fed's hands are full fighting recession, inflation MSNBC / John W. Schoen

Stocks sink on recession fears CNN / Alexandra Twin

Craigslist founder: I work without a plan Washington Times / Kara Rowland

Test of confidence looms for Shanghai Marketwatch / Chris Oliver

IRS sending out millions of alerts AP via Houston Chronicle / Martin Crutsinger

The tigers that lost their roar The Economist

VRDOs Spell More Trouble For Banks Forbes / Liz Moyer

Wall Street: 100% for a half-point Fed cut CNN / David Ellis

Bernanke gives nod to recession, without saying word Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa and Burton Frierson

Bernanke Won't Back Loan-Modifying Bill Forbes / Maurna Desmond

Dell Profit Unexpectedly Falls After Turnaround Flags Bloomberg / Melita Marie Garza

Recession worry mounts on weak GDP, job claims Reuters / Alister Bull

Oil Surges Above $102 As Dollar Weakens AP via Forbes / John Wilen

Big Oil may strike out with next U.S. president Reuters / Tom Doggett

London’s edge over New York eroded FT / John Willman

Cracking The Battery Barrier Forbes / Melanie Lindner

Gold hits new record of $970 on dollar's tumble Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Bernanke: Many troubled mortgages investor-owned Reuters

Bernanke: U.S. banks solid, some small ones may fail Reuters

Bernanke: Inflation Makes Job Tougher AP via Newsday / Jeannine Aversa

At Fannie Mae, Mind the Fair Value, not the GAAP Bloomberg / Jonathan Weil

US economy in slowdown, recession unlikely-Bush Reuters / David Alexander

Stocks Hang Near Lows On Mixed Trade Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks Dip on Jobs Data, Bernanke AP via Palm Beach Post / Madlen Read

Asset-Backed Paper Rises for First Time in Five Weeks Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

Treasuries Rise as Economy Trails Forecast, Jobless Claims Rise Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Gavin Finch

Economy slows to near crawl AFX via Forbes

U.S. Economy Grew Less Than Forecast Last Quarter Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Pain in the pocketbook CNN / Tami Luhby

Sears quarterly profit falls 47.5 percent Reuters

Sprint Posts $29.5 Billion Loss on Nextel Writedown Bloomberg / Crayton Harrison

Dell Recovery Plan Falters as Computers Languish at Wal-Mart Bloomberg / Melita Marie Garza

Law of finite capacity no market rule Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Decline After GDP Trails Forecasts Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Banks may face more big losses this year Charlotte Observer / Rick Rothacker

Thornburg May Sell Securities to Meet Margin Calls Bloomberg / Yalman Onaran and David Mildenberg

With dollar still sinking, Fed won't buck the trend LA Times / Tom Petruno, Martin Zimmerman and Kimi Yoshino

New day, new low for dollar AP via Houston Chronicle

Short wheat stocks yield price storm Chicago Tribune / Joshua Boak

Housing downturn leads to Freddie Mac losses Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Russia: No contest The Economist

Stop Fed Intervention Lew Rockwell / Ron Paul

Bernanke Readiness to Reduce Rates Stokes Inflation Concerns Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Steve Matthews

Too Much Monkey Business Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Bernanke Signals Rate Cuts On Concern About Economy Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Treasuries Rise; Decline in Asia Stocks Fuels Demand for Safety Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Exports Probably Kept U.S. Economy Expanding in Fourth Quarter Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Time to draw a line under the financials Marketwatch / David Callaway

Google Gets Into Web Sites Building Biz AP via Washington Post / Michael Liedtke

In shift, G.O.P. welcomes Iraq debate Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Oil Rebounds to Near $100 a Barrel AP via Washington Post

UK: Falling dollar and soaring euro poses threat of jobs exodus Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Dollar Trades Near Record Low Against Euro on Rate Differential Bloomberg / Kosuke Goto and Ron Harui

Australian Dollar Rises to Highest Since 1984 on Rate Advantage Bloomberg / Chris Young and Lilian Karunungan

Japan Production Falls 2%, Twice as Much as Predicted Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield


U.S. stocks enter new month on uncertain footing Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Arizona consumers feeling recession effects Arizona Republic / Betty Beard

Sallie Mae Closes on $31.3 Billion in Financing Bloomberg / Brian Kladko

Buffett Says The Party's Over Forbes / Ruthie Ackerman

Muni Bonds Fall for 13th Day Amid Hedge-Fund Squeeze Bloomberg / Michael Quint and Jeremy R. Cooke

Calling historic high for crude isn't so easy Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Hear Me Now - Believe Me Later Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Gold surges on economic uncertainty CNN

Muni hedge funds hit by margin calls, Pimco says Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

Pimco's Gross Plans to Buy Municipal, Mortgage Debt Bloomberg / John Glover and Gavin Finch

New Market Crisis Has Lawyers, Funds Scrambling NY Sun / Julie Satow

Wall Street gets slammed CNN / Alexandra Twin

Indexes Worsen In Late Trading Investors Business Daily / Vincent Mao

Crude looking comfy at $100 a barrel Marketwatch

Soybeans Hit Record High on China Demand AP via Chicago Tribune / Stevenson Jacobs

Federal Reserve will offer $30 billion in 28-day credit through its term auction facility on March 10 and March 24, 2008 Federal Reserve Board

The Economics of Private Equity Investments: Symposium Summary Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Fed Will Auction $60B To Combat Credit Crisis AP via NY Sun / Martin Crutsinger

Fed officials: Housing crisis critical CNN / David Goldman

Thoughts on the Subprime Mortgage Crisis Federal ? Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Dennis P. Lockhart

On "Leveraged Losses: Lessons from the Mortgage Meltdown" Federal Reserve Board / Frederic S. Mishkin

Discussion: The Mortgage Meltdown’s Implications for Credit Availability Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Eric S. Rosengren

Fed Interest Rate Manipulation Subsidizes Wall Street and Cheats Small Investors Great Retirement Experiment via Safehaven / Daniel Amerman

Stocks Take Sharp Dive / Mark Glassman

U.S. Stocks Decline on Economic Concern; AIG, Sprint Retreat Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Furniture company - or hedge fund? Fortune via CNN / Roddy Boyd

Treasuries Rise as Rate-Cut Bets Increase Amid Credit Turmoil Bloomberg / Deborah Finestone and Sandra Hernandez

MBIA Writing `Very Little' New Business Amid Scrutiny Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington

Treasurys rally as stocks cave in AP via Houston Chronicle / Leslie Wines

Mixed Messages Forbes / Brian Wingfield

U.S. Economy: Spending Eroded by Inflation, Chicago Index Drops Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Treasury secretary wants to dump pennies AP via Houston Chronicle / Martin Crutsinger

Vacant Homes in U.S. Climb to Most Since 1970s With Ghost Towns Bloomberg / Brian Louis and Dan Levy

Freddie Mac's Fresh Capital Looks Like Hot Air Bloomberg / Jonathan Weil

The Globalization of U.S. Business Investment Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Survey of Tenth District Manufacturers Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Auction-Rate Bond Mess Is Fault of Issuers, Dealers Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Oil declines after hitting record high above $103 Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

Inflation worries may keep gas prices rising St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Stock Futures stay weaker after spending data Reuters

Is Google running out of gas? Fortune via CNN / Yi-Wyn Yen

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.4 Percent in January Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Auto, Home Purchases `Won't Happen' as U.S. Rates Don't Budge Bloomberg / Matthew Benjamin

US RATE FUTURES-Chances of aggressive cut in March jump Reuters

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson against blanket mortgage bailouts Chicago Tribune / Bill Barnhart

Euro keeps on climbing against dollar AP via Houston Chronicle

Auction-Rate Failures Lead to Worst Month for Munis Since 2003 Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Consumer Spending in the U.S. Probably Stagnated in January Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

The Economist is winning in the U.S. despite . Marketwatch / Jon Friedman

CA: Fiscal woes imperil Schwarzenegger Christian Science Monitor / Daniel B. Wood

Japan's Inflation Rate Matches Fastest in Nine Years Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma

Treasuries Rise as Traders Bet on Fed Cuts, Asian Stocks Slide Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Oil Rises to a Record as Dollar Drops; OPEC May Maintain Output Bloomberg / Nesa Subrahmaniyan

Rising dough for pizza AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jeff Karoub

Yen Rises to Highest in Almost Three Years on U.S. Bank Concern Bloomberg / Ron Harui

Asian Stocks Fall on U.S. Slowdown, Trimming February Gains Bloomberg / Chen Shiyin

UK: Northern Rock and housing gloom hits consumer confidence Telegraph / Edmund Conway