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With the Fed expected to at least extend the period of guaranteed ZIRP from 2013 to 2014 tomorrow, it is no surprise that the just priced $35 billion in 2 year bonds did so very uneventfully, and

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped on Monday as a delay by debt-ridden Greece in accepting the terms of a bailout gave investors little reason to buy equities after a five-week rally.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union regulators have blocked the merger of exchange operators Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext to avoid giving them a stranglehold on the European futures market.
Last week, some folks here pointed out that the new Righthaven.com -- bought during the asset auction of Righthaven's domain for $3,300, as part of the effort to fulfill Righthaven's obligation to pay legal fees for one of its (many) bogus lawsuits -- had put up a page joining the anti-SOPA/PIPA protests. That certainly seemed

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President Dilma Rousseff offered closer economic cooperation to Cuba during a visit to the communist island, marking Brazil's highest-profile bid to transform its growing economic might into diplomatic leadership in Latin America.

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OAKLAND (Reuters) - Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall street protesters in Oakland on Saturday, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator.

Violist Lukáš Kmiť shows what to do when your playing is interrupted by a ringing phone, as happened to him during a beautiful performance at an orthodox synagogue in Presov, Slovakia. Kmiť broke off playing for an instant, regrouped, and then improvised a lovely aria based on the Nokia ringtone.

Lukáš Kmiť plays the viola

Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Presov Slovakia
by Milan Ferencik/Greatmilan & Jakub Hasko/CTZ

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When the first revision of the second Greek bailout to the tidy round number of €130 billion was announced, we scoffed, mockingly. Because a country which then had a 7% budget deficit, and now

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Germany's Merkel, criticized for her government's prescriptions of austerity as a cure for the euro zone's debt crisis, told the World Economic Forum that labor-market reforms also were needed.

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FRB Hand Signals

Just in time for the next FOMC announcement, via William Banzai:

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It does not guarantee him re-election in November, but it is an advantage President Barack Obama is likely to carry into the fall: a broad base of supporters who have given him the symbolic vote of confidence with a donation of less than $200.
Best Business Blogs 2011

Strategist News presents the Best Business Blogs 2011
This is our third year publishing this ranking. The business blogs field is getting more competitive than ever! Seth Godin continues to dominate the business blogosphere, while Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble still rule.

This year we made a major change to our methodology. From this

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Lots of companies are trying to encourage budding scientists to test out their wacky ideas. We've covered some of the more well-known contests before, but here are a few not-as-widely-publicized challenges for young scientists out there.
"Untenable pension promises made by corrupt politicians to corrupt unions in an unholy alliance is about to sink another city. Please consider Providence is facing bankruptcy"

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According to a new and yet unconfirmed report, India bought oil from Iran using gold. India certainly has the gold resources to fund the oil, while Iran is under pressure by the West, due the continuation of its nuclear
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"No doubt, the world's financial outlook is still bleak. The needed measures and will to repudiate the ill gained debt bubble, that has much of the world facing insolvency, is a taboo alternative. The proverbial can that cannot be kicked far enough down the road of postponement keeps the party going for a little while longer. The life style of the super wealthy accustomed to flying into the Alpine village on Gulfstream V's, hardly relate to the plight of people eating cat food. No surprise, this is the reality that escapes normal reporting."

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's private sector creditors could take a loss of more than 70 percent in a planned debt swap, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Tuesday.

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Since the summer of 2010, the way gold was viewed and used by the overall market has changed.   For much of the period from Jan 1, 2008 until June 30, 2010
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Much has been said about the secretive vault situated 80 feet below ground level at 33 Liberty street, which contains over 20% of the world's gold (allegedly*), currently estimated at over $350

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Iraq's Kurds are using a contract with Exxon Mobil and a national political crisis to strengthen their region's control of resource-rich patches of disputed land.

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Yesterday the Japanese Finance Ministry made a whopper of an announcement: in the year ending March 2013, total Japanese debt will surpass one quadrillion yen, or ¥1,086,000,000,000,000.

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