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Primary season starts, and govs could fall / Daniel C. Vock and Pamela M. Prah

Buying bonds when rates are low Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Wall of Junk Debt Maturities Looms, Moody’s Says NY Times / Michael J. Merced

How Not to Create Jobs / Thomas Hoenig

Jobless rate said likely to stay high through 2010 AP via Washington Times

ISM, Exxon Steer Bulls Into February; Dow Gains 118 Fox News / Matt Egan

Moody's Warns on Deluge of Debt Wall Street Journal / Mike Spector

Growth spurt expected to slow this year Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Tax Relief For The Little Guy Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Fed Says Fewer Banks Tightened Standards for Lending Bloomberg / Michael McKee and Joshua Zumbrun

Chip sales slide in 2009, but rise in December Mercury News / Frank Michael Russell

Obama Seeks $1.9 Trillion Tax Rise on Rich, Business Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer

Spending Freeze Not Likely Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

Budget day Economist

Fewer banks imposing new loan hurdles; demand low AP via Denver Post / Jeannine Aversa

Gold posts biggest daily gains since November Reuters / Frank Tang and Jan Harvey

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Math shows the challenge of reversing joblessness AP via Detroit News / Jeannine Aversa

Recovery Accelerates as Company Spending Rises Most Since 2006 Bloomberg / Michael McKee

Lower home value, lower taxes? If not, consider an appeal Detroit News / Brian J. O’Conner

Health Care: 16% Of GDP? Forbes / John Tamny

Obama 2010 budget projects new record for deficit Reuters / Alister Bull and Jeff Mason

Paulson says he was scared and clueless during Lehman collapse Chicago Tribune

Dollar weaker, euro rebounds as manufacturing gauge rises Marketwatch / William L. Watts & Lisa Twaronite

The State Of Our Unions Forbes / Karlyn Bowman

Russia's economy contracts 7.9% in 2009 BBC News

U.K. factory gauge hits 15-year high as export orders rise Marketwatch / William L. Watts


An uncompromising look at fund yields Marketwatch / Jonathan Burton

Build America Subsidy Cut May Spur $150 Billion Taxable Munis Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke and Michael McDonald

Is a New Asset Bubble Emerging in Certain Markets? Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Renee Courtois, Brian Gaines, and Juan Carlos Hatchondo

Fair Value Accounting: Villain or Innocent Victim? Federal Reserve Bank of Boston / Sanders Schaffer

Retailers poised to post fifth straight monthly sales gain Marketwatch / Andria Cheng

Gallup Economic Weekly: Confidence Falls in Late January Gallup / Dennis Jacobe

Dow: Triple-digit gain for 2nd day CNN / Alexandra Twin

News Corp. profit surges CNN / Hibah Yousuf

Toyota sales plunge 16% Detroit Free Press / Greg Gardner

Americans Leery of Too Much Gov't Regulation of Business Gallup / Frank Newport

Obama rips GOP as 'opportunists,' touts loan plan AP via Darlene Superville  and Jennifer Loven

Oceans of red ink Economist

Oil settles above $77 on stocks, economic data AP via Denver Post / Mark Williams

Vacancy Rate Increases as U.S. Banks Seize Foreclosed Homes Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

U.S. Stocks Rise on Earnings, Home Sales Growth; Lexmark Gains Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Gold extends gains above $1,110 as dollar slips Reuters / Jan Harvey

Congress or no Congress, change is ahead for health care Dallas Morning News / Jim Landers

MSRB Eyes Raising Its Fees Bond Buyer / Andrew Ackerman

Treasuries Drop as Lawmakers May Dilute ‘Volcker Rule’ on Banks Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

20 reasons Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

White House proposes increase in FDIC deposit insurance fund Washington Post / Binyamin Appelbaum

Long-term unemployed feeling deepest pain of recession Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Ann Belser

Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Probably Rose in December Bloomberg / Carlos Torres

Golden slope of hope Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Squandering our children's future Marketwatch / Ruth Mantell

Big banks' risky trading should be curbed-Volcker Reuters via Guardian

Asian Stocks Advance as U.S. Manufacturing Expands; BHP Gains Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Kana Nishizawa

Yen Weakens as Stock Gains, Recovery Signs Boost Yield Demand Bloomberg / Yasuhiko Seki and Ron Harui

Australia May Raise Key Rate for Fourth Meeting to 4% Bloomberg / Jacob Greber and Dan Petrie


Swearing-In Ceremony Remarks Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Muni Bonds Outperform Treasuries as N.Y. MTA Postpones Sale Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Consumers paying credit card over mortgage CNN / Annalyn Censky

Obama exhorts Democrats to learn from Massachusetts defeat Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

China and America added most wind capacity in 2009 Economist

Regulation and Its Discontents Federal Reserve Board / Kevin Warsh

Controlling Risk in a Lightning-Speed Trading Environment Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Carol L. Clark

Bernanke Says Fed Confronts ‘Enormous Challenges’ Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Does Anyone in Washington Know What Needs to Be Done to Create Jobs? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks falter on earnings missteps; healthcare leads drop Marketwatch / Peter McKay

Walgreen's surprise sales drop in January Dow Jones via Chicago Tribune

Cisco sees 'dramatic' sales improvement in 2Q AP via USA Today

U.S. Economy: Services Expanded Less Than Forecast in January Bloomberg / Bob Willis

A Hitch In The Housing Recovery Forbes / Peter C. Beller

Oil futures slump after supplies data Marketwatch / Nick Godt and Polya Lesova

Treasury Dealers Say Direct Bids Risk Upending Auction Process Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger and Rebecca Christie

Pimco Says California Yields May Revisit 2009 Peak on Deficits Bloomberg / William Selway

America's Two Economies Forbes / Thomas F. Cooley and Peter Rupert

Pace of private sector job losses slows Reuters / Burton Frierson, Richard Leong and Lynn Adler

U.S. May Lose 824,000 Jobs as Employment Data Revised: Analysis Bloomberg

ADP Says U.S. Companies Cut Estimated 22,000 Jobs Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Greece to face European Commission economic scrutiny BBC News

Comcast quarterly profit up on revenue boost, tax gain AP via Houston Chronicle

Oil hovers above $77 on demand hopes AP via Houston Chronicle

Obama’s Pyramid Schemes Would Make Keynes Happy Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Even Reagan Raised Taxes Forbes / Robert Shapiro

No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away NY Times / David Streitfeld

Treasury 30-Year Yield Near 1-Week High Before Services Report Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Canadian Bonds May Outperform Treasuries: Technical Analysis Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

If only the Super Bowl Indicator was worth betting on Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

El-Erian Says Retreat in Stocks Will Worsen as Economy Slumps Bloomberg / Lynn Thomasson

The politics of policy Marketwatch / Todd Harrison

Oil falls towards $77 as U.S. crude inventories jump Reuters / Alejandro Barbajosa

Exchange traded funds more common, more complex haven Bloomberg / Tim Grant

Australia’s Stevens Waits for World’s Central Banks Bloomberg / Jacob Greber



For Better Yields, It's Bank -- Not Brokerage / Aleksandra Todorova

Dow Dives: What Has Investors Freaking Out? / Elizabeth Trotta

With Scott Brown sworn into Senate, parties shift strategies Christian Science Monitor / Gail Russell Chaddock

Oil hovers near $73 amid sliding stock markets AP via Houston Chronicle / Alex Kennedy

G7 finance ministers to shiver, complain in Canada Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Bonds jump on global stock selloff CNN / Julianne Pepitone

TX: Report: Nearly 6 percent of Dallas-area homeowners behind on mortgage payments Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

An opportunity wasted Economist

Stimulating debate Economist

Brown takes Senate seat; urges tax cuts Reuters / Richard Cowan

Senate will vote on job proposals next week: Reid Reuters / Andy Sullivan

Debt fears rattle market CNN / Alexandra Twin

Dow dips below 10,000 mark on eurozone debt, jobs data Reuters / Angela Moon

The Dire Dollar Rally Forbes / Steve Schaefer

LA mayor orders 1,000 layoffs to close budget gap AP via Seattle Times

Unaffordable art Economist

Buffett Loses Last AAA Rating as S&P Cuts Berkshire Bloomberg / Andrew Frye

Chicago foreclosures soar in 4th quarter Chicago Tribune / Mary Ellen Podmolik

Sales of million-dollar homes in California drop AP via San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Clorox posts 28 percent jump in 2Q profit AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Dave Carpenter

Southwest Airlines CEO says 2010 revenue could top company's 2008 record AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / David Koenig

Commodities Tumble Most Since August as Consumption May Falter Bloomberg / Millie Munshi

Euro Tumbles to Year Low Versus Yen on Regional Budget Woes Bloomberg / Bo Nielsen and Inyoung Hwang

Moody’s Profit Climbs 15% as Demand for Credit Ratings Rises Bloomberg / Caroline Salas

Poof: Another 800,000 jobs disappear CNN / Chris Isidore

Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Climbed Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan and Bob Willis

Bad feelings grow about employment report NY Post / John Crudele

824,000 Will Disappear On February 5; BLS Admits Flawed Model But Plans No Changes Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis via Safehaven / Mike Shedlock

Retailers Likely to Close More U.S. Stores: Analysis Bloomberg

Productivity in U.S. Climbed 6.2%, Labor Costs Fell Bloomberg / Bob Willis

The Ticking U.S. Fiscal Bomb Forbes / Nouriel Roubini

Gold falls below $1,100/oz as euro slides Reuters

Biggest Bubble in History Is Growing Every Day Bloomberg / William Pesek

Bernanke starts new term with speech acknowledging critics' points Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Deficit imperils U.S.'s top credit rating Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Treasuries Gain as Stock Losses, Euro Debt Concern Boost Demand Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Trading the calendar Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Mutual funds or ETFs: How to decide for new investors USA Today / Matt Krantz

Health-care spending takes giant leap upward Marketwatch / Russ Britt

Geithner almost gets it about deficit Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Good news and bad news on taxes Marketwatch / Simon Constable

Dollar supported as kiwi, Aussie fall on data Reuters via Guardian / Masayuki Kitano

Stronger Yuan Must Precede Rate Increase, Zuo Says Bloomberg


Stocks claw out a gain after late rally CNN / Alexandra Twin

Bernanke to Testify on Fed Exit Strategy on Feb. 10 Bloomberg / Joshua Zumbrun and Ian Katz

Is the International Role of the Dollar Changing? Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Dow and S&P fall 1 percent Reuters

Market panic returns -- sort of  CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Stocks fall as slight improvement in jobless rate fails to allay market concerns AP via Chicago Tribune / Stephen Bernard

Who Cares About The President's Budget? Forbes / Bruce Bartlett

The big jobs hole CNN / David Goldman

No U.S. Job Growth, But Unemployment Falls Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Oil falls below $70 for first time since December on doubts about the global economy AP via Chicago Tribune / chris Kahn

Unemployment Rate in U.S. Declined to 9.7% in January Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Gold pares losses after U.S. payrolls data Reuters / Jan Harvey
I Want a Job With the Fed Lew Rockwell / Ellen Finnigan

Covered bonds may finally find a footing Marketwatch / Prabha Natarajan

Treasuries Snap Rally as U.S. Job Gain Would Be ‘Turning Point’ Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

U.S. Payrolls May Have Climbed in January as Economy Recovered Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Study: Many can only get part-time work Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Obama Seeks to Channel Reagan as Democrats Prepare for Election Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla

Summers Sees Labor-Market Rebound as U.S. Economy Strengthens Bloomberg / Mike Dorning

Oil bull calm amid oil, stock slide Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

CA: Jump in service disconnections sparks move by California LA Times / Marc Lifsher

Stocks Slump, Euro Drops, Bond Risk Soars on Jobs, Debt Concern Bloomberg / Patrick Chu and James Poole

RBA Says Economy to Accelerate Even as Rates Increase Bloomberg / Jacob Greber


In housing meltdown, cities turn into buyers Minneapolis Star Tribune / Chris Havens

TX: Cowboys sue 10 businesses, saying they stopped paying luxury-suite leases for Arlington stadium Dallas Morning News / Eric Torbenson and Karen Robinson-Jacobs

A Bubble in Search of a Pin Thoughts From The Frontline via Safehaven / John Mauldin

Treasuries Advance on Deficits, Pushing Yields to Six-Week Lows Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Frustrated job seekers deciding to call it quits AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Stephen Bernard

Unemployment Rate in U.S. Falls to 9.7%; Factory Payrolls Grow Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

U.S. Stocks Drop a Fourth Straight Week on Concern Over Europe Bloomberg / Craig Trudell

Obama recommits to healthcare reform, rallies Democrats Marketwatch / Christopher Hinton

Obama Says He Won’t ‘Walk Away’ From Health Overhaul Bloomberg / Julianna Goldman

Obama urges boost for small businesses AP via Houston Chronicle / Christine Simmons

Obama, GOP sparring over job creation proposals AP via Houston Chronicle / Philip Elliott

Euro Tumbles as Budget Deficit Turmoil Damps Economic Outlook Bloomberg / Inyoung Hwang

G-7 Vows to Keep Stimulus at Arctic Talks Even as Deficits Rise Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Sandrine Rastello



Consumers cautious, but spending Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Rebound won't take hold until appraisals catch up Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Bond investors, pay attention to Europe LA Times via Seattle Times / Tom Petruno

Of Course There Will Be More Bailouts Gold Versus Paper via Safehaven / Adam Brochert

Can the U.S. government require you to get an IRA? Washington Post / Martha C. White

Tax cuts: job No. 1 NY Post / Michael Gray and Jhon Aidan Byrne

Reality takes a bite out of Obama recovery plan London Times / Irwin Stelzer

The real problem with the budget St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Disillusioned administration earns itself a 'D' in planning Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Jack Markowitz

Why Politics Is Stuck in the Middle NY Times / Tyler Cowen

MA: Big unions warn Democrats Boston Herald / Thomas Grillo

A Globe Still in Need of Steel NY Times / Phyllis Korkki

Is Greece’s Debt Trashing the Euro? NY Times / Landon Thomas, Jr.

Finance officials work to stress unity AP via Washington Times / Martin Crutsinger

Retail Sales Probably Climbed in January: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Sarah Palin Tells Tea Party U.S. Needs ‘Another Revolution’ Bloomberg / John McCormick

G-7 Vows to Keep Economic Stimulus Even as Budget Deficits Grow Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Simone Meier

Is the Market ‘Priced for Perfection’? US News and World Report via NY Times / Paul J. Lim


The High Cost Of The U.S. Budget Forbes / David Malpass and Eric Singer

More Spending is Always the Answer Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

Euro zone debt worries sink Dow below 10,000 Reuters / Ellis Mnyandu

Dow closes below 10,000 for first time in 3 months AP via Denver Post / AP via Denver Post / Tim Paradis

Rocky Quarter For REITs Forbes / Peter C. Beller

A Bronx cheer for the unemployment rate drop NY Post / John Crudele

Fed's Bullard: could see asset sales later in 2010 Reuters

Interest Rates Following Financial Re-regulation Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Jeffrey R. Campbell, Zvi Hercowitz

Measuring the Equilibrium Real Interest Rate Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Alejandro Justiniano, Giorgio E. Primiceri

Jumbo Mortgage ‘Serious Delinquencies’ Rise to 9.6% Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Money pit: When a cheap foreclosure costs much more CNN / Les Christie

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

After the gold rush CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Dollar rally pauses, perhaps not for long AP via Seattle Times

Which countries file for most international patents? Economist

Corporate Bond Spreads Rise Most Since November: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Sapna Maheshwari and John Detrixhe

Bond Traders See Slim Pickings With Volcker Rule Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

No Job Growth for Small Business Spurs Recovery Doubt Bloomberg / Michael McKee

Economic Confidence: Wyoming, Michigan Most Negative Gallup / Jeffrey M. Jones

Buy Stock Now to Ride Second Stage of Bull Market Bloomberg / John Dorfman

S&P 500 Plunge Fails to Shake Gabelli on Technology Bloomberg / Rita Nazareth, Lynn Thomasson and Jeff Kearns

Gold futures rebound after sharp drop Marketwatch / Polya Lesova & Myra P. Saefong

Oil stays above $71 in Europe amid cold snap in US northeast, stronger dollar, Iran tensions AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Pablo Gorondi

Weak Dollar Illusory as Correlated Trade Shows Gains Bloomberg / Ben Levisohn


Senate jobs bill: What's missing CNN / Tami Luhby

Portugal 'will not' quit the euro BBC News / Andrew Walker

Snow puts strain on state and local budgets

Which Sector Will Bounce Back First? / Elizabeth Trotta

Suburbs: The new face of America's poor? Christian Science Monitor / Mark Guarino

Job openings plunged by nearly one-quarter last year AP via LA Times

U.S. Losing AAA Is Way to Rein in Pelosi, Reid Bloomberg / David Reilly

Becker Labor Board Nomination Held Up After Senate Cloture Vote Bloomberg / Holly Rosenkrantz

Obama Calls for Bipartisan Agreement on Jobs, Deficit Bloomberg / Kate Andersen Brower and Roger Runningen

Wholesale inventories cut 0.8 percent in December AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Martin Crutsinger

Stocks rally on Greek bailout hopes CNN / Alexandra Twin

Disney Profit Tops Analysts’ Estimates on TV Gains, Theme Parks Bloomberg / Andy Fixmer

Armchair supporters Economist

When City Hall Tells You What To Eat Forbes / Rebecca Ruiz

Treasuries Tumble on Prospect European Union Will Assist Greece Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

A Raring Recovery Forbes / Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Euro Rallies on Greek Aid Speculation; U.S. Futures Advance Bloomberg / Justin Carrigan

Gold climbs towards $1,070 as dollar slips Reuters / Jan Harvey

Junk Bonds Show Ebbing Distress on Record Sales: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Caroline Salas and Pierre Paulden

Treasuries Fall Before Record-Tying $81 Billion of Debt Sales Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Asia to Pay Higher Yields at Debt Auctions, Allianz, CIMB Say Bloomberg / David Yong and Clarissa Batino

Credit unions seek larger share of business loans Washington Post / Binyamin Appelbaum

An enviable track record Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

UBS Posts First Profit in More Than a Year on Lower Debt Charge Bloomberg / Elena Logutenkova

Yen, Dollar Retreat on Speculation Europe Will Assist Greece Bloomberg / Yoshiaki Nohara and Ron Harui



Trillion-Dollar Tab Awaits Debtors Forbes / Matthew Craft

U.S. Treasury Holders Have History on Their Side: Chart of Day Bloomberg / David Wilson

Fannie Mae Mortgage Buyout Plans Depress High-Coupon Bonds Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Star bond-fund manager sues former boss CNN / Lisa Gibbs

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Community Banks: A Conference Summary Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Mark H. Kawa Steven VanBever

Bernanke Says Discount Rate May Rise ‘Before Long’ Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Craig Torres

Take this bank and shove it CNN / David Ellis

U.S. 30-Year Bonds Advance as Bernanke Sees Discount-Rate Boost Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings

Federal Reserve's exit strategy Federal Reserve board / Ben S. Bernanke

Inventories, Inflation Dynamics, and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Thomas A. Lubik & Wing Leong Teo

Bernanke outlines plan for pulling in stimulus aid AP via Houston Chronicle

Bernanke lays out plan for tighter money CNN / Jennifer Liberto

Four in 10 South Florida mortgage holders 'underwater' South Florida Sun Sentinel / Paul Owers

Gold bull run set for breather as rate hikes eyed Reuters / Jan Harvey

Hooters chain seeks buyer; could fetch $250M NY Post / James Covert

Bankruptcy Bloodbath May Hit Muni Bond Owners Next Bloomberg / Joe Mysak

The Case For Corporate Bonds Forbes / Alexandra Zendrian

One-Fifth of U.S. Homeowners Owe More Than Properties Are Worth Bloomberg / Daniel Taub

Trade gap rises in December to $40.2 billion Reuters

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Dollar Optimism Rises to 15-Month High on Global Budget Concern Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

Global Confidence Ebbs on Concern Budget Gaps Will Hurt Rebound Bloomberg / Shamim Adam and Timothy R. Homan

Fed to Reveal Its Strategy for Raising Interest Rates NY Times / Sewell Chan

Treasuries Advance After ABC Index Reduces Recovery Optimism Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

MSRB Assets Fell to $26M in FY 2009 Bond Buyer / Andrew Ackerman

Default Swaps Signal Bond Rebound as GMAC Sells: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Alan Goldstein

After trend of rising prices, some housing markets see about-face Marketwatch / Amy Hoak

Underwater mortgages halt some move-up buyers USA Today / Stephanie Armour

Oil eases to above $73 on U.S. crude stockbuild Reuters via Guardian / Jennifer Tan

Bull market has its work cut out for it Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Chinese stocks may remain sluggish until March Marketwatch / V. Phani Kumar

Asian Stocks, Currencies Rise on Greek Aid, Economic Growth Signs Bloomberg / Sandy Hendry and Shani Raja

Thanks to telecommuting, snow days are no longer fun USA Today / Stephanie Armour

European economies facing grim times Washington Times / Laura Pilarski and David M. Dickson

China’s Exports Jump 21%, Providing Yuan Ammunition Bloomberg

Japan Machinery Orders Rebound 20.1% From Record Low Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Tatsuo Ito


Consumers aren't buying love this Valentine's Day Chicago Tribune / Sandra M. Jones

Palm Beach County foreclosure filings spike Palm Beach Post / Kimberly Miller

Colorado's exports plunged in 2009 Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Gold - the Ultimate Bubble Bullion Vault via Safehaven / Paul Tustain

Governor Christie Declares "New Jersey on Edge of Bankruptcy" Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis via Safehaven / Mike Shedlock

Spanish economy remains in recession BBC News

Gold hits one-week high on fears over currencies Reuters / Frank Tang and Jan Harvey

The Oil 'Crunch' Nears Forbes / Parmy Olson

U.S. Stocks Gain on Greece Pledge; Philip Morris Shares Climb Bloomberg / Rita Nazareth

Motorola to split into two Chicago Tribune / Wailin Wong

Clueless in the Capital Meets Small-Business Ire Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Senate pares down jobs bill CNN / Tami Luhby

White House: U.S. will add 95K jobs a month AP via Chicago Tribune

Gold in the cold Economist

Alan Greenspan: Party Boy Safehaven / Fred Sheehan

Home Sales Rise in Fourth Quarter on Tax Credit Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Long-awaited jobs bill unveiled in Senate Reuters

Euro Falls as EU’s Greece Agreement Offers Limited Measures Bloomberg / Ben Levisohn

Bond Sales Tumble 90%, Junk Returns Go Negative: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh and Gabrielle Coppola

Treasury 10-Year Yields Rise to Three-Week High Before Auction Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Anna Rascouet

Fed in Talks With Money Market Funds to Help Drain $1 Trillion Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Christopher Condon

Jobless Suffer With Corporate Cash Climbing to $1.19 Trillion Bloomberg / Thomas Black and Will Daley

Jobless Claims in U.S. Decrease More Than Anticipated Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Illinois foreclosures up 25% from year ago Chicago Tribune

Oil rises to around $75 as EU agrees Greek rescue Reuters / Christopher Johnson

Life after denial CNN / Tami Luhby

Plot thickens in the battle of 'The Plunge' NY Post / John Crudele

W.H. report: 95,000 more jobs monthly AP via Washington Times / Philip elliott

White House to take stock of economy CNN / Tami Luhby

World Trade Turns Around Forbes / Nouriel Roubini and Arpitha Bykeree

‘PIGS’ in Rescue Lipstick Are Uglier Than Default Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Are Banks Really Refusing to Lend? Forbes / Daniel Fisher

Yen, Dollar Fall as Australian Jobs Surge Damps Safety Demand Bloomberg / Ron Harui

Australian Employers Add Most Jobs in Three Years Bloomberg / Jacob Greber

China January Loans Surge, Property Prices Climb at Faster Pace Bloomberg


Equipping financial regulators with the tools necessary to monitor systemic risk Federal Reserve Board / Daniel K. Tarullo

Jobs bill advances ... or does it? CNN / Tami Luhby

Man Up, Obama, or Make Way for President Palin Bloomberg / David Reilly

Forget the Fed. Watch China instead CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. Government, On Its Way to Bankruptcy, Part 4 Safehaven / Michael Pollaro

Treasuries Advance After China Moves to Slow Economic Growth Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Entrepreneurs: Getting To $1 Trillion Forbes / Sramana Mitra

Consumer Sentiment Index in U.S. Declined in February Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Oil falls over 2 percent on U.S. inventories, China Reuters / David Sheppard and Alex Lawler

5 unknown facts about Valentine flowers CNN / Beth Kowitt

Democrats skeptical health care summit is answer AP via Palm Beach Post / Erica Werner

Democrat Dodd sees new hope for bipartisan bank bill AP via Houston Chronicle

Why cities aren't hitting panic button – yet CNN / Colin Barr

Retail sales rise by 0.5 percent in January AP via Forbes / Martin Crutsinger

IL: Apartment deals aplenty as supply outstrips demand Chicago Tribune / Mary Ellen Podmolik

Dallas-Fort Worth home foreclosure filings jump 30% Dallas Morning News

Gold futures fall as U.S. dollar rallies after China move Marketwatch / Polya Lesova

What the heck is an ETF anyway? USA Today / John Waggoner

Europe’s Recovery Almost Stalls as Germany Stagnates Bloomberg / Simone Meier

Fannie, Freddie Spreads Narrowest in 17 Years: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Muni Bond Sales Rise Almost 30%, Led by Larger Hawaii Offering Bloomberg / Jeremy R. Cooke

Treasuries Advance on Speculation Greek Aid Plan Isn’t Enough Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Retail Sales in U.S. Probably Rose as Consumer Recovery Unfolds Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Oil slips below $75, Greek bailout disappoints Reuters via Guardian / Jennifer Tan

Report sees more jobless, cites Bush for bad economy Washington Times / Kara Rowland

Asian Stocks Climb as Growth Optimism Overcomes Greece Concerns Bloomberg / Will McSheehy

N.Z. Dollar Falls on Retail Sales; Aussie Snaps Four-Week Slide Bloomberg / Candice Zachariahs

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, have taken off USA Today / John Waggoner

Euro Falls for Third Day on Concern Greece Measures Not Enough Bloomberg / Ron Harui

Japan GDP Probably Expanded at Fastest Pace in Almost Two Years Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Minh Bui



Treasuries Tumble on Supply, Europe’s Pledge to Support Greece Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Spending Less in a Recession, and Talking About It, Too NY Times / Alina Tugend

U.S. Stocks Rise for First Time in Five Weeks on Data, Greece Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Success of President Obama's crackdown on lobbying questioned Washington Post / Dan Eggen

Obama to Propose Health-Care Plan Before Summit With Lawmakers Bloomberg / Edwin Chen and Kate Andersen Brower

Mixed GOP response to WH health summit invite AP via Houston Chronicle / Erica Werner

Britain smug about euro crisis but has its own problems LA Times / Henry Chu

China’s Central Bank Hits Brake on Hot Economy NY Times / Keith Bradsher


Looping the loop Tax expenditures benefit many — but cost us in the long run. St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Investors abandon junk bonds FT via Bloomberg / Nicole Bullock and Aline van Duyn

Refinancing unavailable for many borrowers Washington Post / Dina ElBoghdady and Renae Merle

The recession's Final Four Augusta Chronicle / Simon Medcalfe

Revisiting an old housing problem NY Post / John Crudele

What’s Sustainable About This Budget? NY Times / N. Gregory Mankiw

China’s Growth May Top 11% Even as Officials Rein in Lending Bloomberg

A rate hike for the few _ until it's you AP via Sacramento Bee / Adam Geller

Government bankruptcy is spelled O-B-A-M-A Washington Times / Armstrong Williams

Stiffening Political Backbones for Fiscal Discipline NY Times / Catherine Campbell

UK: Fears grow over prospect of 'jobless recovery' London Times / Gráinne Gilmore


Housing Shortage Coming In 2011 Forbes / Alexandra Zendrian

Saudis preparing for oil demand to peak AP via Washington Times / Tarek El-Tablawy

Oil steady above $74 as euro hovers near nine-month lows Reuters / Alejandro Barbajosa

Adens cautious on current corrections Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Digging for opportunities in gold CNN / Katie Benner

Security blanket fraying quickly Chicago Tribune / Greg Burns

Obama Defies Critics by Holding to Radical Center Bloomberg / Albert Hunt

A banner year for hedge funds CNN / Katie Benner

Curbing debt: Shoulda, coulda. Now gotta. CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Economic reports could soothe investors -- or worry them more AP via LA Times

Russian industrial output up 7.8 pct in Jan AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

Investor angst up as economic fixes begin 'unwinding' USA Today / Adam Shell

Asia Stocks Fluctuate as BlueScope Falls; Financial Shares Gain Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Japan’s Economy Grows Faster-Than-Anticipated 4.6% Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Tatsuo Ito

China’s Growth May Top 11% Even as Officials Rein in Lending Bloomberg