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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Freddie's 2008 Loss Exceeds $50 Billion - Wash. Post
Greenspan Forgets Where He Put His Asset Bubble - Baum, Bloomberg
Stage set for Madoff plea in New York court drama - Reuters
At Stake for Madoff in Hearing: His Freedom - NY Times
Largest U.S. pension plans' assets fall $217 billion short - USA Today
National Semiconductor to cut 25% of workforce - SF Gate
World Economy Seen Shrinking, G20 Meeting Looms - CNBC
Cuomo Says Merrill Deceived Congress on Bonuses - NY Times

Gold Rises as Lower Equities Spur Demand - Bloomberg
Oil rebound to $43 after drop on inventories' rise - AP
Buffett sees buying opportunities in U.S. - Reuters
Panics and Booms, a lesson from 1897 - Option Armageddon
Banks were January net buyers of 1.1 million oz of gold - Platts
More U.S. companies headed for junk status - Reuters

Retail Sales Decline Less Than Forecast - Bloomberg
New jobless claims rise more than expected - AP
Unemployment 'is now a national emergency' - USA Today
Poll: Record number say state in 'bad times' - SF Gate
Unemployment to near 10 percent as U.S. slump worsens - Reuters

Japan 4th-qtr economy shrinks annualized 12.1% - MarketWatch
China output growth hit, world economy to shrink - Reuters
ECB Approaches Zero Rates by Stealth With New Weapon - Bloomberg
Fall in China’s exports caught up with the fall in China’s imports - CFR
BMW posts surprise loss, VW sees worse ahead - Reuters
Swiss investors pile in on money markets, gold - Reuters
New Zealand Cuts Key Interest Rate to Record-Low 3% - Bloomberg
Is Europe 'in denial' on depth of crisis? - IHT

Foreclosures up 30 percent in February - AP
Rise in foreclosures 'a shock' - CNN/Money
Biggest home-price gainers now biggest losers - OC Register
The 'hidden homeless' - LA Land

Greenspan again finds Fed blameless in housing bubble - LA Times
Treasury: Budget Deficit Hits $765 Billion - Time
Freddie asks Treasury for $30.8 bln after big loss - MarketWatch
“60 Minutes” Hauls Water for the FDIC - YMOYL

Stewart, Cramer get ready to rumble - Globe & Mail
Bill Gates reclaims top spot in Forbes list - MarketWatch
Sully lands book deal with William Morrow - Crain's



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