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Friday morning links

Friday, December 18, 2009

TOP STORIES
Six More Months of Carry Trade: Roubini - CNBC
The world economy: The Great Stabilisation - Economist
Harvard Swaps Are So Toxic Even Summers Won’t Explain - Bloomberg
Morgan Stanley: The Commodity Currencies Will Get Crushed - Business Insider
US pensions go bust, gold crashes, China flops, Bunds soar, predicts Saxo - Telegraph
Citigroup, Fannie, Freddie suspend evictions for holidays - MarketWatch
Brands We Loved and Lost in 2009 - CNN/Money
Credit card's newest trick: 79.9% interest - AP

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MARKETS/INVESTING
Oil rises to near $74 as traders eye OPEC, demand - AP
Gold Climbs as Weaker Dollar, Decline Lures Buyers - Bloomberg
Rock-Star Hedge-Funder John Paulson May Not Be a One-Hit Wonder - Daily Intel
Whitney Cuts Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Estimates - Bloomberg
No More Foreign Dollars With Which To Buy US Treasuries - Zero Hedge
Pimco’s Gross Boosts Cash to Most Since Lehman Failed - Bloomberg
Say hello to your newly almighty dollar - LA Times

ECONOMY
Government helps more Americans pay their heat bills - USA Today
Harvard’s Feldstein Says U.S. Economy Still Mired in Recession - Bloomberg
Philly Fed factory activity at 4-1/2 year high - Reuters
Super Saturday Expectations High for Retailers - CNBC
The Thoughtful President - Organizations and Markets

INTERNATIONAL
Embattled Greece to overhaul tax system - AP
Papandreou tries to prop up the pillars - Economist
German Business Confidence Rises to 17-Month High - Bloomberg
Switzerland as a financial centre: Alpine ambitions - Economist
Japan Central Bank Keeps Interest Rates Steady - NY Times
UK borrowing hits record monthly high of £20bn - Telegraph
London as a financial centre: Foul-weather friends - Economist
German data gives European markets a boost - AP

REAL ESTATE
‘Shadow Inventory’ of U.S. Homes Climbs, Report Says - Bloomberg
10% of underwater homeowners would walk away, survey finds - LA Times
Luxury-Home Owners in U.S. Use ‘Short Sales’ as Defaults Rise - Bloomberg
The Last Word On Strategic Defaults - Market Ticker

FED/TREASURY/BANKING
Agencies in a Brawl for Control Over Banks - WSJ
Bernanke Confirmed 16 to 7; Rebuffs Roubini Doomsaying - Barron's
Banks Will Rue Rushing to Repay Bailouts: David Pauly - Bloomberg
Five Lessons for Next Time Banks Come Begging - Bloomberg

INTERESTING
Happiest States Revealed by New Research - LiveScience
Which blogs does Jim Bunning read? - Salmon, Reuters
The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S. - S.F. Weekly
Pepsi takes a pass on Super Bowl ads - CNN/Money

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