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Diagnosing Recessions Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Òscar Jordà

Knocking on the Central Bank's Door pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City / Thomas M. Hoenig

The Economy and Why the Federal Reserve Needs to Supervise Banks Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis / Narayana R. Kocherlakota

U.S. risks crisis without fiscal action: Hoenig Marketwatch / Robert Schroeder

Fed's Kocherlakota sees slow recovery Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Oil rises above $77 on hopes over economic recovery Reuters / Seng Li Peng

Golds Bull Market Turns 9 Years Old Aiden Forecast via Safehaven / Mary Anne and Pamela Aden

Stimulus spending: $32 billion per month CNN / Tami Luhby

Little Stimulus In Employment Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Tax audits: Uncle Sam wants you! CNN / Blake Ellis

Is Canada more pro-family than America? Christian Science Monitor / Angela Kays-Burden

Qwest 4Q profit falls 39 percent AP via Seattle Times / Deborah Yao

Dow in triple-digit rally CNN / Alexandra Twin

Rising sons Economist

UK bank Barclays reports profits up 92% to £11.6bn BBC News

International Demand for U.S. Financial Assets Slowed Bloomberg / Vincent Del Giudice

China needs to have some fun pushing us around NY Post / John Crudele

Foreign demand for US debt drops by record amount BBC News

Manufacturing in New York Area Expands at Faster Pace Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Tough times at Office Depot CNN / Suzanne Kapner

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Hey, Mr. President, tax this! NY Post / Terry Keenan

EU slips on Greece NY Post / Paul Tharp

Pimco’s Bill Gross Boosts Non-Dollar Developed Debt Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Companies Pull Most Bond Sales Since ‘07 Crisis: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

TIPS Drive Away Biggest Bond Bulls Seeing Inflation Bloomberg / Oliver Biggadike and Daniel Kruger

Greece use of derivatives puts more pressure on euro London Times / Gráinne Gilmore

More Power in the Statehouse? / Pamela M. Prah

Brick by brick, American business loses edge Washington Times / Jeffrey Anderson

Survey shows customers are about as happy as they were a year ago despite recession Pittsburgh Post Gazzete / Teresa F. Lindeman

Bayh’s Retirement Adds to U.S. Senate Democrats’ List of Woes Bloomberg / Heidi Przybyla and Kim Chipman

A mid-winter night's gloom Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Asia Stocks, Copper, Aussie Rise on Higher Earnings, Confidence Bloomberg / Patrick Chu and Shani Raja


Five Myths About How To Create Jobs Forbes / James Manyika and Byron Auguste

Corporate insiders are betting this is a correction Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

States renege on local aid / David Harrison

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee January 26-27, 2010 Federal Reserve Board

Fed: Unemployment will stay high over next 2 years AP via Houston Chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

Fed Officials Debated Shrinking Size of Balance Sheet Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Craig Torres

U.S. posts $42.63 billion budget deficit in January Reuters / Nancy Waitz

HP raises 2010 outlook, beats Q1 view Reuters / Gabriel Madway

Walgreen to Buy Duane Reade Chain for $618 Million Bloomberg / Chris Burritt and Carol Wolf

Broken promises Economist

The Federal Reserve System: Balancing Independence and Accountability Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia / Charles I. Plosser

Fed should sell mortgage-backed bonds, Plosser says Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Jobs are coming ... slowly CNN / Tami Luhby

Nearly 75% of all U.S. homes are affordable CNN / Les Christie

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stock Futures Rise on Improving Earnings, Housing Starts Bloomberg / Daniela Silberstein and Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Housing starts post sharp rebound Reuters

US import prices rise 1.4 percent in January Reuters

Industrial Production in U.S. Rose 0.9% in January Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Unable to get job, freed inmates returning to jail MSNBC / J. Katarzyna Woronowicz

White House adviser says U.S. employment stable Reuters / David Morgan

Oil above $77 amid rising equities, weak dollar AP via Seattle Times / Pablo Gorondi

Higher Inflation Is a Lousy Cure for Meltdowns Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Treasuries Drop Before U.S. Housing Starts, Factory Production Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Goldman Sachs, Greece Didn’t Disclose Swap, Investors ‘Fooled’ Bloomberg / Elisa Martinuzzi

Investors can have gold without holding it Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Tim Grant

U.S. looks to reluctant foreign investors to help fund the housing market Washington Post / Howard Schneider

White House to issue progress report on anniversary of economic stimulus Washington Post / Alec MacGillis

Asian Stocks Rise Most Since November on Outlook for Recovery Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Eurozone contagion fears spread to Spain Independent / Sean O'Grady

700,000 Britons swell the ranks of 'underemployed' Independent / Sean O'Grady

Will Bank of Japan take aim at prices? Marketwatch / Lisa Twaronite


When even the good news is bad news NY Post / John Crudele

Fed's Lockhart worried about the recovery Marketwatch / Greg Robb

The Economic Outlook: A Tale of Two Narratives Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Dennis P. Lockhart

Unusual and Exigent: My First Year at the Fed Federal Reserve Board / Elizabeth A. Duke

The U.S. Economy: A Report from Main Street pdf Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis / James Bullard

Gold futures drop as much as $19 an ounce Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong

Morningstar profit falls 25% on adjustments Dow Jones via Chicago Tribune

President orders debt panel, names chairmen CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Recovery: A long bearish road ahead CNN / Katie Benner

Dollar Soars Against Euro, Yen as Fed Increases Discount Rate Bloomberg / Oliver Biggadike and Ben Levisohn

Treasuries Decline After Federal Reserve Raises Discount Rate Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Fed raises discount rate to 0.75 percent Reuters / Emily Kaiser

February 2010 Business Outlook Survey Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Reforming Financial Regulation – A Conference pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Stock rally: Three days and counting CNN / Alexandra Twin

Dell 4Q profit edges down 6 percent; stock falls AP via Yahoo

Where mobile-phone use is highest, and lowest Economist

Jobless claims rise unexpectedly CNN / Hibah Yousuf

Producer Prices in U.S. Increase More Than Forecast Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

The job application black hole CNN / Jessica Dickler

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Wal-Mart’s Sales Trail Forecast After Price Cuts Bloomberg / Chris Burritt

U.S. Stock Futures Retreat on Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton and Adria Cimino

U.K. Posts First January Deficit Since at Least 1993 Bloomberg / Scott Hamilton

U.S. state pension funds have $1 trillion shortfall: Pew Reuters / Lisa Lambert

Fed Officials Set Goal of ‘Eventual’ Exit From Housing Finance Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Leading Economic Index in U.S. Probably Rose for 10th Month Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Treasury Yields Near 5-Week High Before Producer-Prices Report Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Beware, property rights under attack Marketwatch / Simon Constable

Stock trading after hours isn't usually the best idea USA Today / Matt Krantz

Michigan warns jobless about end of federal unemployment extension Detroit News  / Louis Aguilar

Santelli: No need to stir ‘tea party' pot Chicago Tribune / Phil Rosenthal

Both parties oppose unlimited corporate spending on elections, poll finds Washington Post / Dan Eggen

Dollar Rises Toward 9-Month High Against Euro on U.S. Recovery Bloomberg / Yasuhiko Seki and Ron Harui



Are U.S. Bonds Really Safe? Fox News / Darryl R. Isherwood

Central Banks Are On the Defensive Lew Rockwell / Gary North

Politicians blame the speculators again Economist

Banks in Calif., Ill., Fla., Texas are shut down AP via USA Today

Oil prices up 11% in 2 weeks, flirt with $80 a barrel AP via USA Today / Chris Kahn

One million could lose jobless benefits in March CNN / Tami Luhby

True Unemployment Figure Reveals Recession Far From Over AP via Yahoo / Simon Maierhofer

Treasury Inflation-Indexed Breakeven Rates Drop Most in 2 Weeks Bloomberg / Susanne Walker and Daniel Kruger

Is the mortgage market starting to heal? CNN / Les Christie

Housing help for unemployed, underwater borrowers CNN / Tami Luhby Tami Luhby

States tackling public employee retirement benefits in 2010 / Stephen C. Fehr

Job relocation ... to your living room CNN / Jessica Dickler

U.S. Stocks Gain as CPI Eases Concern Over Fed Rate Increases Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Crude futures turn higher, back above $79 Marketwatch / Polya Lesova & Carla Mozee

Dollar hits eight-month high on Fed's discount-rate move Marketwatch / Deborah Levine & William L. Watts

Bank of England, ECB to Maintain Exit Plan After Fed Bloomberg / Emma Ross-Thomas

Treasurys gain after consumer-price data Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Consumer prices fall for first time in 27 years AP via Chicago Tribune

Consumer Prices in U.S. Rise Less Than Anticipated Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Steel Demand Gets Stronger Forbes / Oxford Analytica

Renminbi Roller Coaster Forbes / Gordon G. Chang

Oil falls to near $78 after Fed rate move Reuters / Emma Farge

Treasuries Gain as Bullard Says Rate-Rise Concern ‘Overblown’ Bloomberg / Theresa Barraclough

Bond ‘Sweet Spot’ in Five- to Seven-Year Debt: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Sapna Maheshwari

Swaps Sleuths Are the Fix for Too Tangled to Fail Bloomberg / David Reilly

The math on mortgage relief Marketwatch / Lew Sichelman

Induced inflation feared as way to cut debt Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Fed Discount-Rate Increase Signals End to Emergency Measures Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Vivien Lou Chen

U.S. Consumer Prices Probably Rose in January on Energy Costs Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Investing in a few individual stocks increases your risk USA Today / Matt Krantz

Silver lining for stock futures' post-Fed fall Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Asia Stocks, Oil Drop; Dollar Gains as Fed Raises Discount Rate Bloomberg / Clyde Russell and Satoshi Kawano

Dollar at 8-mth high, boosted by discount rate rise Reuters via Guardian / Kaori Kaneko

Australia Has Less Room for Growth Without Inflation Bloomberg / Jacob Greber


Calm in the Face of Fiscal Insanity Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / The Mogambo Guru

Definition of rich varies by income, place Denver Post / Kevin Simpson and Michael Booth

How To Manage (and Protect) Your Online Reputation Forbes / Helen Coster

Fed’s Bernanke to Assure Congress Higher Rates Not Imminent Bloomberg / Craig Torres and Jerry Hart

Low inflation likely to stall interest hikes AP via Allentown Morning Call / Martin Crutsinger

Treasuries Fall as Fed Lifts Discount Rate, Debates Asset Sales Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

U.S. Stocks Gain Most Since November on Factory Orders, Profits Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft and Jeff Kearns

States short $1 trillion to fund retiree benefits CNN / Tami Luhby

Paul Tops U.S. Presidential Straw Poll at Conservative Event Bloomberg / Greg Stohr

Attack on IRS part of long line of tax protesters AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Stephen Ohlemacher

Dollar Rises for Sixth Week Versus Euro After Fed Rate Increase Bloomberg / Ben Levisohn


Economy could be crushed by borrowing Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Debra Erdley

Wal-Mart's economy is everybody's economy NY Post / Terry Keenan

Schlumberger to Buy Smith for About $11.3 Billion Bloomberg / David Wethe and Edward Klump

Get what you pay for Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

MD: Pensions tilting from afterthought to aftermath Baltimore Sun / Jay Hancock

CA: Arnold Schwarzenegger Says “Worst Is Over” for Recession Bloomberg / Elliot Blair Smith

UK: All bets are off in the race to cut the budget deficit Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs NY Times / Peter S. Goodman

Affluent customers spend again Marketwatch / Howard Gold

Durables Orders, Home Sales Probably Rose: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Getting back lost jobs could take 5-plus years AP via Detroit News / Tom Raum

In Practice, Stock Formulas Weren’t Perfect NY Times / Harry Hurt III

Democratic Governors Urge Passage of Jobs Bill as Debts Loom Bloomberg / Joshua Gallu

Early in the Year, and Already Surprised US News and World Report / NY

Times / Paul J. Lim

What's Behind America's Falling Crime Rate Time / David Von Drehle



Recovery loans dissatisfy small-business owners, lenders, even a federal official Dallas Morning News / Sheryl Jean

U.S. Government Debt Still Feeds A Hungry World Forbes / Matthew Craft,

SIFMA Securitization Group Stresses Need for Coordinated, Comprehensive and Measured Regulation SIFMA

At what point do homeowners walk away? Chicago Tribune / Ilyce Glink

Not So Fast! Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel and Asha Bangalore

Oil drops below $80 after 3-week rally AP via Denver Post / Alex Kennedy

Small Business Needs IRS Relief Forbes / Dean Zerbe

Government Stimulus, One Year Later Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

Obama health care plan: He needs to cut medical costs first Christian Science Monitor

Senate eyes 15-day jobless benefit extension CNN / Tami Luhby

Lowe's sees better 2010 as 4Q profit rises AP via Mercury News / Mae Anderson

Stocks end volatile session lower CNN / Alexandra Twin

The Outlook for the Economy and Monetary Policy Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet L. Yellen

Economic Activity Increased Sharply in January pdf Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Japan Hoarding Treasuries Counters Retreat by China Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Commodity Shares Drop, Banks Advance Bloomberg / Nikolaj Gammeltoft

Ford’s Jobless Recovery Means No Hiring in Retooling Bloomberg / Keith Naughton

The affordability of hotels for locals Economist

The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious! Boom Bust Blog via Safehaven / Reggie Middleton

Euro Worst to Come as Greece Hammerlocks ECB on Rates Bloomberg / Liz Capo McCormick and Oliver Biggadike


U.S. Stock Slump Fits With Bull-Market Pattern: Chart of Day Bloomberg / David Wilson

Would Motorola departure burst Chicago’s tech bubble? Chicago Tribune / Wailin Wong

Nearly 25% of all mortgages are underwater CNN / Les Christie

Gold falls toward $1,100 as risk appetite drops Reuters / Frank Tang

Oil rally fizzles, drops below $80 a barrel AP via Houston Chronicle

How long can the U.S. dollar defy gravity? Reuters / Steven C. Johnson, Kristina Cooke and David Lawder

How rising interest rates could end up backfiring NY Post / John Crudele

Fed Won’t Lift Target in 2010, Pimco’s Clarida Says Bloomberg / Thomas R. Keene and Allison Bennett

Hey Big Spender? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Sears profit more than doubles in 4Q AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Ashley M. Heher

Banks report small profit but 'problem' list jumps AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Marcy Gordon

Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Rose for Seventh Month Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Home prices unexpectedly dip Reuters / Lynn Adler

Consumer confidence falls to 10-month low in Feb Reuters / Joshua Lott

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Fall as Consumer Confidence Hits 10-Month Low Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Target’s Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises on Sales of Groceries Bloomberg / Lauren Coleman-Lochner

Wall Street Bonuses Rise 17%, N.Y. Comptroller DiNapoli Says Bloomberg / Elizabeth Hester and Henry Goldman

Hit the brakes, Ben Marketwatch / Irwin Kellner

Munis Quiet as Large Calendar Looms Bond Buyer / Michael Scarchilli

Moody’s: 2010 Could See a Few More Localities Default Than Usual Bond Buyer / Patrick Temple-West Bond

Buffett Defies Downgrades as Credit Risk Drops to 17-Month Low Bloomberg / Andrew Frye and Shannon D. Harrington

U.S. Loses to Europe in Debt Poised to Reverse: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Bryan Keogh

Death Of U.S. Capitalism: The Final 10 Scenes Marketwatch via FOX News / Paul B. Farrell

How ETFs stack up against mutual funds Allentown Morning Call / Jeffrey R. Kosnett

After spending on sailing and deals, Larry Ellison is on a roll Marketwatch / Therese Poletti

Asian Stocks Rise on Dubai World Report; Copper, Oil Decline Bloomberg / Darren Boey and Anna Kitanaka

Asian stocks fall after losses on Wall Street AP via Houston Chronicle / Jeremiah Marquez


Recession ‘devastating’ to African-Americans 45 and older McClatchy via Chicago Tribune

As Greece Goes, So Goes the U.S.? Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Bond Vigilantes Set Sights on Sovereign Debt SirChartsAlot via Safehaven / Gary Dorsch

Gold steadies but remains below $1,100/oz Reuters

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Advance as Bernanke Says Fed Rate to Remain Low Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

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

Fed Backs Law to Audit Emergency-Loan Programs, Bernanke Says Bloomberg / Scott Lanman

Bernanke Says ‘Nascent’ Recovery Requires Low Rates Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Mr. Bernanke has Acknowledged the Allure of a Higher Inflation Goal Dollar Collapse via Safehaven / John Rubino

Treasury Bonds: The Correct Play Is To Be Long Technical Take via Safehaven / Guy Lerner

U.S. New-Home Sales Unexpectedly Fell to Record Low Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Wall Street bonuses rose handsomely in 2009 Economist

Wells Fargo Aims for Top in U.S. Equity Underwriting Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell and David Henry

Record U.S. Debt Hampers Fiscal, Monetary Policies: Analysis Bloomberg

Senate approves tax breaks for new hires AP via Houston Chronicle / Andrew Taylor

German Consumers and Companies Put Brake on Recovery Bloomberg / Frances Robinson

Bernanke May Face Concerns on Second Jobless Recovery in Decade Bloomberg / Steve Matthews and Alison Vekshin

A Regional Fed President Torpedoes Bernanke Lew Rockwell / Gary North

At F.D.I.C. , Bracing for a Wave of Failures NY Times / Eric Dash

Pimco Buys High-Yield Bonds in Credit Rating ‘Barbell’ Strategy Bloomberg / Sarah McDonald

Treasuries Decline Before New-Home Sales, $42 Billion Auction Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Swaps Show European Contagion Won’t Hit U.S.: Credit Markets Bloomberg / Shannon D. Harrington and Abigail Moses

Understanding U.S. Unemployment Gallup

Bull markets often begin before consumer confidence hits bottom Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

U.S. January New-Home Sales Probably Rose on Credit Extension Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Why gold's rally may be a short one Marketwatch / Josh Lipton

Dollar index slips ahead of Bernanke testimony Marketwatch / Myra P. Saefong



Incentive compensation Federal Reserve Board / Scott G. Alvarez

Bentsen Statement After Treasury Meeting SIFMA

The very long view Economist

Bank’s next big problem appears on the horizon Economist

Job-creation efforts stall again in Congress Reuters / Andy Sullivan

Healthcare summit ends: GOP scores, but both sides still far apart Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann

Stocks End Mixed After Jobless Jump / Will Swarts

Bernanke seeks to preserve Fed's power by compromising with Congress Washington Post / Neil Irwin

Pound slides against dollar on UK economic worries BBC News

Spending Less Becoming New Norm for Many Americans Gallup / Dennis Jacobe

Weekly Unemployment Claims Spike To 496,000; Will Reality Soon Set In? Mish’s global Economic Trend Analysis via Safehaven / Mike Shedlock

Jobless claims, durables bring back double-dip talk Chicago Tribune / Gail MarksJarvis

Market drops on concerns that weak US job market, Greece debt woes will stall economic rebound AP via Chicago Tribune / Tim Paradis

Oil falls 3 percent on recovery concerns Reuters / Christopher Johnson

Gold churns, bounces back from two-week low Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Home Prices Decline 1.2%, Smallest Drop in Two Years Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

Rates on 30-year home loans rise to 5.05 percent AP via Mercury News / Alan Zibel

Live From Washington: Healthapalooza! Forbes

Charges Cripple Safeway's Quarter Forbes / Kelsey Swanekamp

Kohl's reports fourth-quarter profit up 28% LA Times / Andrea Chang

U.S. Stocks Pare Losses as Dollar Index Falls, Apple Shares Jump Bloomberg / Nick Baker

Stocks plunge at the open CNN

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Durable goods orders slip, jobs data weak Reuters / Lucia Mutikani and Doug Palmer

Jobless claims up 12% in past 2 weeks CNN / Blake Ellis

A history of America in cigar consumption Economist

Bernanke Transparency Offer May Not Defuse Calls for Audits Bloomberg / Scott Lanman, Craig Torres and Joshua Zumbrun

Bernanke delivers warning on U.S. debt Washington Times / Patrice Hill

Treasuries Advance as Greece Protests Spur Demand for Safety Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Durables Orders in U.S. Probably Rose by Most in Four Months Bloomberg / Bob Willis

The not-so-fast track for high-speed rail / Daniel C. Vock

Stocks have more potential upside than downside risk Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow and Edwin S. Rubenstein

Goldman Sachs Is Innocent of Greece’s Swap Crimes Bloomberg / Mark Gilbert

Oil below $80 on U.S. crude stock build, firmer dlr Reuters via Guardian / Seng Li Peng

ObamaCare taking us back to the 1970s Marketwatch / Simon Constable

Obama tells corporate leaders to cut rhetoric Washington Times / Kara Rowland

Euro slides vs yen on Japan exporters, stop-losses Reuters via Guardian / Masayuki Kitano


Small business lending Federal Reserve Board / Elizabeth A. Duke

Financial Regulatory Reform Federal Reserve Board / Daniel K. Tarullo

Fed officials at odds on right level for rates Reuters / Mark Felsenthal and Kristina Cooke

Annual report shows government's financial position hit $11.46 trillion deficit in 2009 AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune / Martin Crutsinger

Oil jumps nearly 2 percent on economic data, dollar Reuters / Edward McAllister

Fannie to U.S.: We need another $15.3 billion CNN / Tami Luhby

Jobless benefits start ending on Sunday CNN / Tami Luhby

U.S. Stocks Advance as GDP Expansion Beats Estimates; AIG Drops Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Credit Conditions Still Tight, Mishkin, Hatzius, Hooper Say Bloomberg / Craig Torres

U.S. Economy: Sales of Previously Owned Homes Fall Bloomberg / Bob Willis

UK economic growth revised up to 0.3% BBC News

Existing-home sales fall 7.2% to 7-month low Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Economy grew faster than first thought in 4Q AP via Chicago Tribune

GDP Revision No Cause For Celebration Forbes / Steve Schaefer

Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Increased to 62.6 in February Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Gold climbs above $1,110 as dollar retreats Reuters / Jan Harvey

Commercial Paper Rises, CIT to Sell TALF Bonds: Credit Markets Bloomberg / John Detrixhe

Treasuries Head for Monthly Gain on Greece Outlook, Rate Pledge Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Miles Says Need to Expand BOE Bond Plan Is ‘Entirely Plausible’ Bloomberg / Scott Hamilton

Why a Strategic Mortgage Default May Be Your Best Option Lew Rockwell / Karen De Coster

Sales of Existing Homes in U.S. Probably Increased in January Bloomberg / Bob Willis

Spinning the stimulus / Stephen C. Fehr

Stocks neither extremely over- nor undervalued right now Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

The 'd' doesn't always stand for dividend USA Today / Matt Krantz

Extreme volatility rots a core mutual fund Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

Yen dips but supported by safety bids, euro firmer Reuters via Guardian / Rika Otsuka

Surface Tension: George Soros on China Marketwatch / Wang Duan

Fears grow that Britain may still be in recession Independent / Sean O’ Grady

European Economy Risks Decoupling From Global Growth Recovery Bloomberg / Mark Deen

Japan Production Rises Most Since May, Retail Sales Rebound Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Mayumi Otsuma


Poll shows taxpayers' rising fear of audits AP via Houston Chronicle

Treasuries Gain on Lower-Than-Anticipated Economic Data, Greece Bloomberg / Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker

Ron Paul vs. Bizarre Ben Bernanke Lew Rockwell / Ron Paul

Would Fed trade transparency to vouchsafe power? Marketwatch / Tim Rostan

Payrolls, ISM may steer stocks Reuters / Caroline Valetkevitch

Buffett Says U.S. Housing Woes to End in ‘Year or So’ Bloomberg / Andrew Frye

Berkshire Profit Jumps to $3.1 Billion on Derivatives Bloomberg / Andrew Frye and Jamie McGee

Recovery slowing after big year-end spurt AP via Denver Post / Jeannine Aversa

Crude Oil Hits Ceiling in Week as Hedge Funds Attack Euro via Safehaven /

Senators seen ditching cap and trade in new bill Reuters / Russell Blinch

An inexpensive look at mutual-fund performance Dallas Morning News via Seattle Times / Scott Burns

Euro Declines for Third Month as Debt Crisis in Greece Persists Bloomberg / Inyoung Hwang and Ben Levisohn

Asia Currencies Post Weekly Gain as Data Shows Faster Recovery Bloomberg / David Yong



Gold rises to 1-week high; strikes sterling record Reuters / Lewa Pardomuan

Oil extends gains above $80, Iran threats supports Reuters / Fayen Wong

When you can't pay the IRS AP via Houston Chronicle / Eileen AJ Connelly

Republicans want hearing on Fannie/Freddie bailout Reuters / Lynn Adler

All eyes on the job market CNN / Alexandra Twin

Economists: Recovering 8.4 million lost jobs years away AP via Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

Payrolls Probably Declined in February: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Wealthy folks stay in stocks Detroit Free Press / Susan Tompor

Companies are making fewer accounting mistakes USA Today / Matt Krantz

Obama's Democrats voice new confidence on healthcare Reuters / Thomas Ferraro

Pelosi says GOP has hijacked 'tea party' movement AP via San Francisco Chronicle

MI: Flip with caution Detroit Free Press / Greta Guest

CO: Oracle wields hefty muscle in Colorado's tech sector Denver Post / Andy Vuong

It’s Time for Swaps to Lose Their Swagger NY Times / Gretchen Morgenson

More Often Than Not, the Insiders Get It Right Marketwatch via NY Times / Mark Hulbert

Another Foreclosure Alternative NY Times / Bob Tedeschi

Managers aren't turning over a new leaf; they're just trading more Marketwatch via Seattle Times / Chuck Jaffe

What Taxes Will States Turn to Next? Forbes via ABC News / Philip M. Zinn

EU: The forces of hell? We should fear the forces of stagnation Guardian – Observer / William Keegan