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SIFMA’s Economic Advisory Roundtable Unveils Predictions for Q4 2009, 2010 SIFMA

Illinois Borrows $375 Million After Credit Rating Reductions Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Tech Turnaround Ahead / David McCann

"Dollar Crisis" author: 2010 will bring more stimulus Reuters / Kevin Plumberg

FL: Federal government wants to sell you a home South Florida Sun Sentinel / William E. Gibson

Second stimulus? US House passes $154 billion jobs bill Christian Science Monitor / Ron Scherer

FOMC statement Federal Reserve Board

Fed Keeps ‘Extended Period’ Pledge, Sees Rebound Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Fed Keeps The Gas Pedal Floored Forbes / Joshua Zumbrun

Fed: Rates to stay low CNN / Chris Isidore

Bond prices turn lower after Fed statement Reuters / Emily Flitter

House Votes to Raise U.S. Debt Limit to Almost $12.4 Trillion Bloomberg / Brian Faler

Online advertising is on the rise Economist

U.S. Stocks Erase Gain as Bond Yields Rise on Inflation Concern Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Oil climbs nearly 3% on inventory drop CNN / Blake Ellis

Swaps Nightmares Become Real for Amateur Financiers Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Extreme modifications: 2% mortgages CNN / Les Christie

Housing Starts in U.S. Climb 8.9% to 574,000 Pace Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose 0.4%; Core Unchanged Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Prosecution Drop May Embolden Bankruptcy Fraud as Filings Surge Bloomberg / Justin Blum

Hints of inflation, but experts aren't worried AP via Journal News / Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Oil rises above $71 on U.S. fuel stocks fall Reuters / David Sheppard

Bernanke named Time's ‘Person of the Year' Bloomberg via Houston Chronicle

Fed May Raise U.S. Economic Assessment, Affirm Near-Zero Rates Bloomberg / Steve Matthews and Vivien Lou Chen

CO: King Soopers workers approve labor deal; Safeway employees reject theirs Denver Post / Steve Raabe

An economic reality check for Alice Denver Post / Al Lewis

U.S. Economy May Grow as Much as 4% Next Year, Blinder Says Bloomberg / Stephanie Phang

The decade of decadence Marketwatch / Todd Harrison

Shoppers Waiting Until Last Minute to Purchase Gifts, NRF Says Bloomberg / Allison Abell Schwartz

Builders Probably Broke Ground on More U.S. Houses in November Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Fed to strike upbeat note on economy AP via Palm Beach Post / Jeannine Aversa

Oil steady under $71 after snapping 9-day fall Reuters via Guardian / Jennifer Tan

Gold Buying by Central Banks Signals Sell as Past Haunts Future Bloomberg / Claudia Carpenter and Pham-Duy Nguyen

Citigroup Says Abu Dhabi Seeks to End Share Purchase Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell

Obama urges Senate to pass health-care bill; Lieberman signals support Washington Post / Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray

Cloudy crystal ball Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Asian Stocks Rise on Reported Timing of New Bank-Capital Rules Bloomberg / Shani Raja and Kana Nishizawa


Survey Sees More Taxable Supply Bond Buyer / Amy Resnick

An odd time to applaud Bernanke Independent / David Prosser

Bets on dollar's demise go awry Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Companies needing cash flood market with new stock USA Today / Matt Krantz

Retailers sell out of key items as holiday shopping counts down Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Despite economy, car leases on the rise Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Don Hammonds

This may be last chance to land a sub-5% mortgage LA Times via Seattle Times / E. Scott Reckard

Health-Care Deadline Challenged as Republicans Stall Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen and Laura Litvan

Big isn't necessarily better in mutual funds USA Today / John Waggoner

U.S. pays big-time in change of climate Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Payback For Bernanke Forbes / Joshua Zumbrun

Fed Tightening? Give Us a Break! Merk via Safehaven / Axel Merk

Bernanke Backed for Second Fed Term by Senate Panel Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Craig Torres

Suddenly, safe haven Treasurys get tricky CNN / Colin Barr

Gold falls 3 percent as dollar surges versus euro Reuters / Jan Harvey

Oracle’s Profit Beats Estimates on Support Contract Renewals Bloomberg / Rochelle Garner

Sears OKs stock repurchase of up to $500M Chicago Tribune / Sandra M. Jones

U.S. stock volatility gauge could stabilize in 2010 Reuters / Angela Moon

Stocks slump on global jitters CNN / Julianne Pepitone

Burning borrowed money in America’s wars Reuters / Bernd Debusmann

The footnote that killed Nov. retail sales NY Post / John Crudele

Philadelphia Factory Index Rises to Four-Year High Bloomberg / Vincent Del Giudice

Homebuilding Looks Stable for First Time Since 2006 Bloomberg / John Gittelsohn and John Detrixhe

Illinois' unemployment rate dips to 10.9 percent in November, slightly lower than prior month Chicago Tribune

MI: Hints of hope in job market Detroit Free Press / John Gallagher

BofA's New Boss Forbes / Liz Moyer

Jobless claims up, labor market still healing Reuters / Lucia Mutikani

Leading economic index rises 8th month in row Reuters / Lisa Lambert

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

California Bonds Fail on Advice Bill Lockyer Couldn’t Refuse Bloomberg / Michael B. Marois

Fed, Greek worries send dollar to three-month high Marketwatch / Deborah Levine & Steve Goldstein

4 Big Mortgage Backers Swim in Ocean of Debt NY Times / Mary Williams Walsh

Treasuries Rise as Greece Rating Cut Spurs Demand for Safety Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Bernanke Foes Seek to Curtail Fed Wall Street Journal via Lew Rockwell / Sudeep Reddy

Shoppers have finished less than half their holiday shopping, survey finds Chicago Tribune / Andrea Chang

When Good Customers Become Bad Bill Payers NY Times / Caitlin Kelly

Obama Bullies Fat Cats While Message Meanders Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Oracle-Sun deal looks like a go Marketwatch / Therese Poletti

FTC sues Intel over 'campaign' to inhibit its rivals Washington Times / Joseph Weber

U.S. Delays Sale of Citigroup Stake as Shares Sell at Discount Bloomberg / Michael J. Moore and Michael Tsang

Dollar Gains on Fed Outlook as Asia Stocks, Futures, Euro Drop Bloomberg / Ian Sayson and Katrina Nicholas


Governors offering dire spending plans / Stephen C. Fehr

Steep yield curve could entice buyers FT / Michael Mackenzie

Oil rises above $73 on Iran-Iraq tension Reuters / Joshua Schneyer

Regulators shut down California's Imperial Capital, First Federal and banks in 5 other states AP via Chicago Tribune / Marcy Gordon

FL: Jobless rate hits 11.5% in November South Florida Sun Sentinel / Marcia Heroux Pounds

Moody’s Reviews $143 Billion of Jumbo-Mortgage Bonds for Cuts Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Gold futures finished higher, though rising dollar caps gains Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro and Nick Godt

Midnight in the food-stamp economy Reuters / Nicole Maestri and Lisa Baertlein

Unemployment Decreased in 36 U.S. States in November Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Two economists share views of 2010 St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

The unemployment rate is falling! CNN / Hibah Yousuf

Holiday shopping: Retailers holding the line on prices Chicago Tribune / Sandra M. Jones

WA: Some stores closing before the holiday-shopping season ends Seattle Times / Melissa Allison and Amy Martinez

Stocks Flatten Despite Solid Tech Results / Will Swarts

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Consumer Shares Drop, Tech Rallies Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Republicans threaten health care read-a-thon AP via Philadelphia inquirer / Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Gold retreats towards $1,100/oz as dollar recovers Reuters / Jan Harvey

Municipal Yield Index Reaches 10-Week Low as Bond Sales Drop Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Treasuries Head for Weekly Advance Following Declines in Stocks Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Pimco’s Gross Boosts Cash to Most Since Lehman Failed Bloomberg / Wes Goodman and Garfield Reynolds

Obama Heads for Climate Talks Under Pressure to Break Deadlock Bloomberg / Kim Chipman

Looming foreclosures rise Chicago Tribune

The golden detour Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Oil above $73 on economic data, colder U.S. weather Reuters via Guardian / Jennifer Tan

Euro Rebounds Against Dollar on Pakistan Coup Report; Yen Gains Bloomberg / Yasuhiko Seki and Yoshiaki Nohara

Asian Stocks Fall on U.S. Jobs, Tighter Rules on Banks’ Capital Bloomberg / Masaki Kondo and Satoshi Kawano

German Business Confidence May Rise to Highest Since July 2008 Bloomberg / Frances Robinson and Jana Randow

BOJ Says It Won’t Tolerate Deflation as Key Rate Stays at 0.1% Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma



Last-minute shoppers face dwindling deals, merchandise Detroit News / Jaclyn Trop

Fewer states add jobs as recovery sputters along AP via Washington Times / Daniel Wagner

U.S. stock market tries to deal with good news Marketwatch / Laura Mandaro

What Is a Right? Lew Rockwell / Andrew P. Napolitano

Q4:2009 May Be as Good as It Gets Until Q4:2010 Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel and Asha Bangalore

U.S. 10-Year Notes Little Changed After Fed as Oil Increases Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings

Peltz increases ownership in Legg Mason to 4.75 percent Baltimore Sun / Jamie Smith Hopkins

Senators OK defense budget bill, much left to 2010 AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Andrew Taylor

Health-Care Bill Set for Passage With Nelson’s Vote Bloomberg / Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen

Obama raced clock, confusion, for climate deal AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Charles Babington and Jennifer Loven

Obama: Senate health-care bill a 'major step forward' Marketwatch / Wallace Witkowski

Dollar Reaches Three-Month High as Fed Says Economy Improved Bloomberg / Ben Levisohn and Ye Xie


GOP's last bullet in healthcare reform battle: public opinion Christian Science Monitor

Icap to pay $25 mln to settle SEC fraud charges Marketwatch / Robert Daniel

Spending, Home Sales Probably Climbed: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

White-collar jobless join FedEx, UPS for holidays AP via Houston Chronicle / Samantha Bomkamp

Economy picks up, but can it maintain pace? Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Greenspan: 'Healthier' U.S. won't be wealthier Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Unemployment has social service agencies trying to do more with less Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Ann Belser

FL: 2009 brutal for South Florida condo sales, but signs encouraging Miami Herald / Monica Hatcher

Santa Claus rally could still show up this year AP via Palm Beach Post / Dave Carpenter

For stocks Santa's bag may be light Reuters via Yahoo / Leah Schnurr

Senate Health-Care Bill Poised for Passage In Victory for Obama Bloomberg / Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen

Democrats eye Christmas healthcare deadline FT / Anna Fifield

Investors cash out of money funds in droves USA Today / John Waggoner

More Lump of Coal Awards for naughty funds Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

UK: 2009? It's been a shocker. 2010? It will be better, but still not much fun Independent / Hamish McRae

Unemployment will peak soon, but full recovery will take years Kiplinger via Washington Post

Zero inflation impacts tax rates, government benefits and tax breaks Washington Post / Mary Beth Franklin


Banks with political ties got bailouts, study shows Reuters / Steve Eder

U.S. cap and trade looks out of reach in 2010 Reuters / Timothy Gardner

Nearer and nearer Economist

State budget gaps linger at year's end / David Harrison

Changes in the Aggregate Labor Force Participation Rate Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Julie L. Hotchkiss

The Debt Bomb Money Matters via Safehaven / Puru Saxena

Danger looms as U.S. becomes a paper tiger in manufacturing Seattle Post Intelligencer / Tom Abate

Lower loan payments = fewer redefaults for homeowners CNN / Tami Luhby

Fast-food restaurants finally feel slowdown, despite popularity of dollar menus Chicago Tribune / Mike Hughlett

Wall Street climbs on health bill; Nasdaq at 15-month high Reuters / Leah Schnurr

S&P 500 May Climb 6% on Santa Claus Rally: Technical Analysis Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Grandkids May Benefit as Estate Tax Lapse Cuts Taxes Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer and Margaret Collins

It's Not A Gold Bubble Forbes / Arturo Bris

U.S. crime drops in first half of 2009, FBI says Reuters / Jeremy Pelofsky

U.S. Corporate Credit Risk Declines to Lowest Since May 2008 Bloomberg / John Detrixhe

Treasury Yield Curve Steepens to Record Amid Growth Outlook Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings

TIPS Give Way to Inflation as Deflation Yields Drop Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Fannie Mae Mortgage-Bond Yields Jump to Highest in Two Months Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Sales give retailers hope for holidays Chicago Tribune / Sandra M. Jones

Labor Data Show Surge in Hiring of Temp Workers NY Times / Louis Uchitelle

Demand on the rise for temporary workers Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Steve Twedt

Report says homeowners whose loan payments are cut by 20 percent or more still falling behind AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Alan Zibel

U.S. Commercial Property Falls to Lowest in 7 Years Bloomberg / Brian Louis

Dow jumps 100 points CNN / Ben Rooney

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Walgreen 1st-quarter profit rises 20 percent on boost in prescription drug sales AP via Chicago Tribune

Instead of lending, banks focus on covering losses Washington Times / Patrice Hill

OPEC expected to hold steady; '10 rally predicted AP via Houston Chronicle

Oil hovers above $73 ahead of OPEC meeting AP via Detroit Free Press / Alex Kennedy

Playing Ponzi Economist



'Impressive' rise for 10-year T-note USA Today / John Waggoner

Buffett Sells Moody’s Shares for Sixth Time After Profit Drop Bloomberg / Andrew Frye and Matthew Leising

Oil dips towards $74 on firm dollar; U.S. data supports Reuters / Judy Hua

Dollar in demand as yields attract, Kiwi skids Reuters / Wayne Cole

Ala. Dem defects to GOP over health care, policy AP via Seattle Times / Jay Reeves

GOP senator: Democratic health care deals 'sleazy' AP via Seattle Times

South Florida home, condo sales soar in November South Florida Sun Sentinel / Brad Hunter

Small banks, big problems Fortune via CNN / Colin Barr

Bernanke’s Confirmation Support Runs 3-1 in Favor in Senate Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Goldman factor haunts Bernanke's testimony NY Post / John Crudele

Signs of recovery? Look to the yield curve CNN / Hibah Yousuf

Retail Sales Slow as Storm Keeps Shoppers at Home Bloomberg / Allison Abell Schwartz

The Continuing Private-Sector Recession Forbes / Joshua Zumbrun

Stocks get home-sales boost to 14-month highs Marketwatch / Peter McKay

Dropping the Bomb on Health Care Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Keep IRS auditors away: Earn less than $200,000 AP via Yahoo / Larry Margasak

Treasury finds holes in stimulus tax breaks Reuters

Tuesday's sunrise votes in Senate push health care bill step closer to pre-Christmas passage AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Erica Werner

OPEC holds crude output steady AP via Houston Chronicle

Why the Fed Will Be Sidelined in 2010 Delta via Safehaven / Michael Pento

N.J. Leads Municipal Bond Downgrades as Aid Shrinks Bloomberg / Terrence Dopp

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Gain for Third Day on Home Sales, Jabil Forecast Bloomberg / Rita Nazareth

Gold hits 6-1/2 week low as dollar firms Reuters / Humeyra Pamuk and Rebekah Curtis

Economic rebound weaker CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. Economy Grew at 2.2% Annual Rate Last Quarter Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

An eyeblink glance at the economy CNN

Sales of Existing Homes Increase More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Let us praise the venture capitalists Fortune via CNN / Adam Lashinsky

Chinese workers will become scarcer Econoimist

Muni Bonds Unlikely to Match 2008 Year-End Rally, Analyst Says Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Treasury Yields Reach 4-Month High; Yen Falls, Asia Stocks Rise Bloomberg / Patrick Chu and Rocky Swift

The Recession Is Over but the Depression Has Just Begun Lew Rockwell / Edward Harrison

One in five commercial properties in Boston left vacant Boston Herald / Thomas Grillo

2010: A bounce into the unknown Marketwatch / Nick Godt

8 reasons Gross's 'New Normal' is old news, bad news Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

Money for nothing Wall Street Journal via Marketwatch / Brett Arends


Bernanke Presses His Luck Euro Pacific via Safehaven / John Browne

Best Buy Boosts Electronics Sales as Rivals Fade: Chart of Day Bloomberg / Joseph Galante

Dollar's decline a boon for U.S. manufacturers Washington Post / Dana Hedgpeth

Arizona’s Credit Rating Lowered to A1 by Moody’s on Budget Gap Bloomberg / Michael B. Marois

Treasurys narrowly mixed; yield-curve flattens AP via Seattle Times / Stephen Bernard

Gross’s Total Return Fund Now Biggest in Mutual-Fund History Bloomberg / Sree Vidya Bhaktavatsalam

U.S. Economy: Spending and Incomes Climb, New-Home Sales Drop Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan and Bob Willis

Recession scarring a generation Chicago Tribune / Gail MarksJarvis

Stocks end higher for 4th day CNN / Ben Rooney

Senate health overhaul clears last procedural step Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

The Fed Is is a Fascist Cartel Safehaven / Nelson Hultberg

Bonds fall as recovery hopes fuel risk appetite Reuters / Richard Leong

Treasuries Rise as U.S. New Home Sales Fall to Seven-Month Low Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Sales of U.S. New Homes Unexpectedly Fell in November Bloomberg / Bob Willis

The car industry will move out of reverse in 2010 Economist

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Dollar falls versus major currencies in thin trade Reuters / Wanfeng Zhou

Don't mess with Texas: More Americans moving in CNN

Obama, drugs and common sense Reuters / Bernd Debusmann

Muni Market Headed for Record Fixed-Rate Bond Sales This Year Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Pennsylvania’s Perfidy Never Happens in Singapore Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

Ten-Year Treasury Yields Near 4-Month High Before Auction Sizes Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Volatility Dip Speaks Volumes Wall Street Journal / Randall Smith

Shrinking Credit Threatens Almost $9 Billion in Holiday Sales Bloomberg / Lauren Coleman-Lochner

‘New Normal’ Tops 2009 List of Overused Phrases Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Consumer Spending, New-Home Sales in U.S. Probably Increased Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Procrastinating shoppers are out of luck AP via Washington Times / Anne D'Innocenzio

Bernanke’s Confirmation Support Runs 3-1 in Favor in Senate Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Sentiment picture for gold is rapidly improving Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Taxpayer Burden Eases to $8.2 Trillion as Obama Supplants Fed Bloomberg / Bob Ivry

Obama lists financial rescue as 'most important thing' of his first year Washington Post / Scott Wilson

New Zealand Economy Grows Slower-Than-Expected 0.2% Bloomberg / Tracy Withers


Best And Worst Mutual Funds Of The Decade Forbes / Asher Hawkins

Bonds: Strategies for 2010 Business Week / David Bogoslaw

Oil rises above $78, inventories support Reuters / Rebekah Kebede

TX: Commercial real estate year in review: Bidding adieu to a brutal year Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Return on politicians' 'presents' dubious Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Yield curve predicting inflation, not growth surge Reuters / Chris Reese and Emily Flitter

Banks Bundled Bad Debt, Bet Against It and Won NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson and Louise Story

Homeownership in U.S. May Decrease, New York Fed Study Finds Bloomberg / Vivien Lou Chen

Treasury uncaps credit line for Fannie, Freddie Reuters / Corbett B. Daly

Dow 10,000: It Ain't What It Used to Be Daily Finance via CNN / Charles Hugh Smith

Stock indexes touch highs for the year Marketwatch / Donna Kardos Yesalavich and Kristina Peterson

Obama's Christmas present Economist

Move over, Ben, meet a real Man of the Year NY Post / John Crudele

Bonds Point To Bull Market In Stocks Forbes / Matthew Craft

Stocks flirt with fresh 2009 highs CNN / Ben Rooney

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Health Care Reform From Here Forbes / Brian Wingfield and David Whelan

What was that you said Senator Reid? Reuters

Senate Health Vote Sets Clash With House Over Taxes Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen and Ryan J. Donmoyer

Mortgage rates inch above 5 percent AP via Denver Post

U.S. Economy: Orders, Jobless Claims Show Confidence Increasing Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman and Timothy R. Homan

New U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly fall to 452,000 AP via Houston Chronicle

Commodities Will Crawl In 2010 Forbes / Nouriel Roubini and Rachel Ziemba

Citigroup’s Crystal Ball Too Fogged Up to Work Bloomberg / Jonathan Weil

The growing popularity of electronic books Economist

Treasuries Little Changed as $118 Billion in Note Sales Loom Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Durables Orders in U.S. Probably Rose as Investment Picked Up Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Thaw expected on frozen wages McClatchy via Chicago Tribune

Retailers Slugging Out Final Stretch Try More Discounts, Hours Bloomberg / Cotten Timberlake and Chris Burritt

WI: Black men hit hard by unemployment in Milwaukee Washington Post / Krissah Thompson

Senate and House in search of health-care compromise Washington Post / Lori Montgomery and Alec MacGillis

Oil up above $77 on US crude stock drop, weak dlr Reuters via Guardian / Judy Hua

Dollar Falls Versus Euro on Weaker Prospects for Rate Increase Bloomberg / Yasuhiko Seki

Companies cut dividends in '09 at a level not seen since 1930s USA Today / Matt Krantz

Asian Stocks Climb on Rallies in Oil, Metals and Semiconductors Bloomberg / Patrick Chu and Shani Raja

Greece votes for big budget cuts to reduce debt BBC News

BOJ Members Were Ready to Take Action, Minutes Show Bloomberg / Mayumi Otsuma



JPMorgan Sells $4 Billion of Notes in Sole Debt Issue This Week Bloomberg / Gabrielle Coppola and Sapna Maheshwari

Wall Street counts down to a new year CNN / Julianne Pepitone

NV: 2 Las Vegas resorts preparing to open new towers AP via Houston Chronicle

Yen to Fall Versus Dollar in ’10 as Rates Diverge, Survey Shows Bloomberg / Shigeki Nozawa

Treasury Yield Curve Steepens to Record on Debt Demand Concern Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Retailers Vying for Discount Seekers Cut Prices After Christmas Bloomberg / Chris Burritt and Cotten Timberlake

CO: Lease-to-own home deals have a rocky past, but new company sees opportunity Denver Post / Margaret Jackson

Credit crunch: Home equity lending evaporates AP via Seattle Times / Adrian Sainz

U.S. Stocks Rise, S&P 500 Reaches 15-Month High on Commodities Bloomberg / Lynn Thomasson

Obama's Bad Jobs Lot Forbes / Oxford Analytica

Democrats see GOP hypocrisy in health care debate AP via Philadelphia Inquirer / Charles Babington

Dollar Falls on Easing Bets; Japan Stocks Decline, Copper Rises Bloomberg / Rocky Swift and Yasuhiko Seki

Russia Cuts Rate to Spur Lending, Stem Ruble Bets Bloomberg / Alex Nicholson and Paul Abelsky

Japan Jobless Rate Climbs for First Time Since July Bloomberg / Aki Ito and Mayumi Otsuma


Men’s Underwear as an Economic Indicator NY Times / Jack Healy

Scaling a debt mountain Chicago Tribune / Harriet Johnson Brackey

CEOs' premiums in corporate takeovers indicate that U.S. stocks are cheap Dallas Morning News

MA: Office space overflow Boston Herald / Thomas Grillo

Squeeze still on for job hunters Chicago Tribune / Julie Wernau

Shoppers return to malls, looking for deals AP via Sacramento Bee / Ashley M. Heher

Obamas urge Americans to count blessings Marketwatch / David B. Wilkerson

Airports on Alert After Bomb Attempt on Detroit Plane Bloomberg / Nicholas Johnston and Martin Z. Braun

Nigerian banker says he fears son is man who allegedly tried to blow up Detroit-bound airliner AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Jim Irwin


New bull market for the new year? Famed bond investor El-Erian of Pimco says don't bet on it AP via Chicago Tribune / Bernard Condon

Retailers Shift Focus to Post-Holiday Deals to Lure Buyers Bloomberg / Cotton Timberlake and Chris Burritt

Home Prices, Confidence Probably Firmed: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Jobless decade threatens in plodding recovery from deep recession AP via Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Mild growth expected for fragile U.S. economy McClatchy via Sacramento Bee / Kevin G. Hall

Republicans want Democratic healthcare defectors Reuters

House backers of public insurance option may yield AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Calvin Woodward

2010 could blue chips' year as caution returns AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Sara Lepro

Decline in number of US auto dealerships AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

More funds than ever take dirt nap Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

MO: Economy here took some big hits in 2009 St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Chinese premier strikes defiant yuan tone Reuter

Weak economy motives Americans to save more Washington Post / V. Dion Haynes



Are bond yields too high for stocks? Marketwatch / Nick Godt

Govs ready speeches as fiscal woes persist / Jake Grovum

U.S. Credit Perspectives Pimco / Mark Kiesel

Productivity, Welfare, and Reallocation: Theory and Firm-Level Evidence Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Susanto Basu, Luigi Pascali, Fabio Schiantarelli, and Luis Serven

Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

U.S. Economy to Surge Says Most Accurate Forecaster Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan and Bob Willis

75% Chance Steve Jobs Will Make Idiots Of Us All Forbes / Brian Caulfield

Southwest bags more fliers by not imposing fees LA Times via Denver Post / Hugo Martin

Wall St edges up to '09 highs as holiday sales help Reuters / Caroline Valetkevitch

Obama: we will do everything to protect U.S. Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Congress mulls imposing Depression-era law on banks Bloomberg via Houston Chronicle

Fed exit strategy: let banks set up special CDs AP via Houston Chronicle

2010 could be a year that sparks unrest Economist

Holiday Retail Sales Rose an Estimated 3.6%, SpendingPulse Says Bloomberg / Linda Sandler

Economy Poised for Surge as Most Accurate Economist Sees U.S. Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan and Bob Willis

Mortgage rescue: Credit score killer CNN / Tami Luhby

Mortgage Anxieties Mean Fannie-Freddie Limbo as Fed Pulls Back Bloomberg / Dawn Kopecki

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Oil tops $79, highest since Nov, on cold snap Reuters / Alex Lawler

Marc Faber Says Dollar May Rise 5-10% Versus Euro Bloomberg / Deirdre Bolton and Ye Xie


Laid-off executives struggle to find any kind of job USA Today / Paul Davidson

Lower interest rates lower savings expectations AP via Washington Times / Dave Carpenter

U.S. 10-Year Notes Gain as Yields at August Highs Lure Buyers Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Market slips in low volume trade; data mixed Reuters / Caroline Valetkevitch

Sprott Says S&P 500 Index Will Plunge Below March Low Bloomberg / Matt Walcoff

Trouble ahead for community banks Fortune via CNN / Rob Cox

Consumer Confidence 2009: Worst Year on Record ABC News / Peyton M. Craighill

Midtown Manhattan Office Rents Decline 33% in 2009 Bloomberg / David M. Levitt

Oil rises slightly on U.S. cold weather Reuters / Matthew Robinson

Gold dips back below $1,100 as dollar rises AP via Sacramento Bee / Sara Lepro

It's a PC world Economist

Morgan Stanley Said to Defer 65% of Bonuses For Top Executives Bloomberg / Bradley Keoun

Treasurys up slightly before second of three auctions Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Climbs for Second Month Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Credit-Card Delinquencies Rise Again Wall Street Journal / Nathan Decker

Employers see uptick in hiring in 2010 Reuters / Ellen Wulfhorst

Stocks Gain as Dollar, Gold Slip on Signs Economy Strengthening Bloomberg / Stuart Wallace

Bulls On Parade Forbes / Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein

Stocks struggle after six up days CNN

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Nasdaq Halts Trading on PHLX Exchange Due to Smoke on Floor Bloomberg / Whitney Kisling

Dollar slips versus euro and high-yield currencies Reuters

Don't Give Up On The U.S. Forbes / Joel Kotkin

New York Localities Lead Municipal Market With Bond Auctions Bloomberg / William Selway

Home Prices in U.S. Probably Fell at Slower Pace, Confidence Up Bloomberg / Bob Willis

To Inhibit Inflation, Fed Offers to Set Up Interest-Bearing Deposits NY Times / Javier C. Hernandez

Fibonacci 50% Rebound Shows S&P 500 Meeting Strategist Forecast Bloomberg / Lynn Thomasson and Lu Wang

Is Obama's manufacturing fix too late? Washington Times / Alan Tonelson

Until Citigroup changes, it hasn't Marketwatch / David Weidner

Oil dips towards $78, firm dlr counters stock draw Reuters via Guardian / Judy Hua

Treasuries Little Changed on Concern 5-Year Sale Demand to Cool Bloomberg / Barraclough

Dollar Is Near Two-Month High on Fed’s Outlook, Recovery Signs Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Ron Harui


Survey of Tenth District Manufacturing Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2009 Could Make Us Miss 1999 Denver Post and Dow Jones via FOX News / Al Lewis

A Hell of a Decade Euro Pacific via Safehaven / Peter Schiff

Will recession bring the end of free TV? AP via Washington Times / Andrew Vanacore

Which states are facing the worst budget deficits in 2010? Christian Science Monitor / Amanda Paulson

For bond investors, daring pays dividends Marketwatch / Rachel Koning Beals

World Credit Market Shrinks First Time in 15 Years, Mizuho Says Bloomberg / Yusuke Miyazawa

The coming Great Inflation, real or imagined Reuters / Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

10 gain in home prices CNN / Les Christie

Why Are Crude Oil Inventories Declining? / Sarah Morgan

Wall St ends a tad higher; Dow, Nasdaq at '09 highs Reuters / Caroline Valetkevitch

Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank Bloomberg / David Reilly

Companies in U.S. Expand by Most Since 2006 as Orders Increase Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Chicago PMI hits three-year high Marketwatch / Jeffry Bartash

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

CO: Denver-area home prices drop the least of 20 cities surveyed Denver Post / Margaret Jackson

S. Florida home values have dropped 47% since 2006 South Florida Sun Sentinel / Harriet Brackey

In Washington, There Will Be Blood Forbes / Dan Gerstein

Crude and gas supplies fall less than expected AP via San Diego Union Tribune

Oil prices dip as dollar rallies AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Chris Kahn

China is set to overtake Japan in the world economic rankings Economist

Illinois Leads $9.8 Billion Muni Sales Planned for Early 2010 Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Treasuries Set for Worst Year Since 1978 as U.S. Steps Up Sales Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Will short sales, foreclosures lead to a change in appraisal practices? Marketwatch / Lew Sichelman

Housing recovery fails to bolster broker commissions Bloomberg via Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Kathleen M. Howley

Congress takes aim at Fed's independence Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Decade’s Worst Funds Never Recovered From Technology-Stock Bust Bloomberg / Charles Stein

Options Trading Rises to Record Following 66% Rally in S&P 500 Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns

Asian Stocks Fall as JAL Plunges; Australian Dollar Weakens Bloomberg / Patrick Chu and James Paton

Japan aims for 2% GDP growth in long-term strategy Reuters via Guardian

Venezuelan economy shrinks 2.9 pct 2009 – cenbank Reuters / Andrew Cawthorne

Dollar Is Near 2-Month High on Recovery Signs, Fed’s Outlook Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Ben Levisohn



Tax-Free Shortage May Repeat Muni Debt Outperforming Treasuries Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

New year's baby just might be conservative Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Here's what's not gonna happen in the new year NY Post / John Crudele

Fed Discusses Limited Bond Sales to Withdraw Stimulus Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Freddie and Fannie cap lift draws anger NY Post

Oil headed for biggest annual gain since '99 Bloomberg via Houston Chronicle

U.S. Stocks Retreat to Trim Biggest Yearly Rally Since 2003 Bloomberg / Rita Nazareth

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Jobless claims hit 17-month low Reuters / Emily Kaiser

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level Since 2008 Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

3 reasons home prices are heading lower CNN / Les Christie

Mortgage rates end the year above 5 percent AP via Yahoo

U.S. to Lose $400 Billion on Fannie, Freddie, Wallison Says Bloomberg / Betty Liu and Matthew Leising

Mortgage Bond Rally May End, Rates Rise as Fed Stops Purchases Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Jobless Claims in U.S. May Show Firings Abated at Year’s End Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

December U.S. Auto Sales Show ‘Slow Slog’ as Ford Gains Ground Bloomberg / Katie Merx and Mike Ramsey

Apartment renters win as vacancy rate climbs USA Today / Paul Davidson

Asian Stocks Set for Biggest Gain Since 2003; Oil, Copper Climb Bloomberg / Sandy Hendry and Shani Raja

Oil near $80, on track for strongest gain in decade Reuters

OPEC Oil Output Rose in December, Bloomberg Survey Shows Bloomberg / Karyn Peterson and Mark Shenk

Dollar Heads for Annual Gain Versus Yen on U.S. Recovery Signs Bloomberg / Ron Harui

UK: Rothschild steers steady course amid chaos of banking collapse and crisis London Times / Patrick Hosking