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  • Greek Premier to Seek Bailout Consensus Amid Political Quarrels ( Read more...

Japans current account surplus declined for the 10th consecutive month in December. Exports were lower for the 3rd month on the trot, whilst imports rose yet again – for the 24th straight month. The current account surplus declined by approx 75% YoY, slightly worse than market expectations. The MoF states that Japan should maintain a current account surplus “for the time being” – “for the time being”, a definite Hmmmmm. Japans 2011 current account surplus

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Not convinced NFP was +243,000 in January? Fret no more folks, proof has surfaced.

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Malaysian police detained a Saudi columnist who fled Saudi Arabia after his tweets about the Prophet Muhammad touched off public calls for his execution, Malaysia's state news agency reported.

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Forget farce. Forget tragicomedy. Frankly, we are out of words to describe what is happening in Greece, Europe, and, actually - the world. Luckily, Read more...

``It's like watching two 9 year olds.  No math involved.  Just a stupid tug of war over nothing.  Might as well have set the $20 BILLION ON FIRE!  That's not a joke, I mean it... set it on fire for all the impact it will have... assuming it ever gets spent, and I'll bet a whole bunch that unless the money is going to banks, it's not getting spent.''

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

Social Fractals And The Corruption of

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Where to eat, sleep, shop, sun and more in Brazil's sexiest city, with favorites from chef Claude Troisgros, Olympic medalist "Bernardinho" Rocha de Rezende, actress Zezeh Barbosa and fashion executive Alexandre Aquino.

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Assuming that all migrants who were constrained from moving due to negative equity were unemployed and seeking a job and that they would have found employment in the new state, the absence of house lock would have reduced the nation's unemployment rate by at most 0.10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2009 or a rate of 9.0 rather than 9.3 in 2009.

Well, we'd say headline unemployment being 9.3% rather than 9.0% is significant (presumably, continuing this extrapolation, unemployment would be a full .6% lower today, which starts to seem like it's adding up to

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From Peter Tchir of TF Market Advisors

The ECB's Scary Carry Trade

According to the WSJ, the “ECB is willing to forego profits on their Greek

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Twin explosions ripped through security compounds Friday in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, bringing the country's widening conflict to a commercial hub that had until now remained largely peaceful.

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After last year's popular revolt in Egypt, U.S. democracy-building groups thought they would gain acceptance from a government that had long viewed them with suspicion. Now election experts are looking at a different reality.

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South Sudan's oil production, halted last month in an escalating dispute with neighboring Sudan over oil transit fees, could take several months to fully restore.

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``Even as the Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped up its investigations of Wall Street in the last decade, the agency has repeatedly allowed the biggest firms to avoid punishments specifically meant to apply to fraud cases... An analysis by The New York Times of S.E.C. investigations over the last decade found nearly 350 instances where the agency has given big Wall Street institutions and other financial companies a pass on those or other sanctions. Those instances also include waivers permitting firms to underwrite certain stock and bond sales and manage mutual fund portfolios.''

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Euro-zone finance ministers demanded the austerity measures pass the Greek parliament before they would finally to sign off on a new bailout deal.

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India again cut its economic growth forecast for the current fiscal year to 6.9%, which will be the slowest in three years, as aggressive monetary tightening at home and a shaky global economy crimped industrial activity.

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It takes a central banker from Goldman Sachs to conceive of the world's largest CLO, and enlist the Eurozone's central banks to do the credit analysis.

Maybe it was inevitable, after the

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While hardly new to anyone who actually has been reading between the lines, and/or Zero Hedge, in the past few months, the Greek endspiel is here, and as a note by Goldman's Themistoklis Fiotakis

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Credit Suisse believes LTRO 2.0 will see a gross uptake of EUR500-650bn, notably above current consensus around EUR325bn. The math is straightforward and does not exaggerate too much for the

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Brazilian Blowouts

Choose your own adventure for seeing Brazil: An eco-escape in Fernando de Noronha, surfing the city in Florianópolis or a cultural getaway with Belo Horizonte and Inhotim.

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