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Don't look now but oil is spiking as the market is finally realizing that the escalation in the Persian Gulf is more than just for show (which curiously was once again set off by Obama establishing

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's incumbent president looked headed for a second term according to TV counts of votes in Saturday's presidential election, which should reassure China and the United States at a time of political transition for both superpowers.
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For some on Wall Street, a less-than-stellar bonus is simply too much to bear. Brokerage executives at one Wall Street firm, Jefferies Group, have threatened to leave the company if their bonuses aren’t up to par with other firms,
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Andrew Napolitano believes that Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate who, if elected, won’t go to war or tell Americans how to live.


Presented with little but incredulous comment as the net short-interest speculative commitment of traders in EUR futures breaks to yet another record (at over 155k contracts) with no

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said one of its nuclear scientists was killed on Wednesday by a magnet bomb fixed to his car by a motorcyclist and blamed Israel for the attack, intensifying diplomatic tensions the West over Tehran's nuclear program.


Falling interest rates punished defined benefit pension plans last year (like Jason Pierre- Paul has been punishing quarterbacks) while mediocre asset returns weren’t good enough to keep pace with growing pension obligations especially
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Well, this is interesting. The Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) -- yes, the very newspaper that was the driving force behind giant copyright troll Righthaven, and whose then-publisher insisted that a single non-commercial infringement was the equivalent of stealing his car -- has published an anti-PIPA/SOPA

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Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global was the winner in terms of returns with a 45% return last year. Below are the most PROFITABLE hedge funds   H/T  Read more...
Germany and France turned up the pressure on Greece and its creditors, warning a loan backed by the EU and IMF is on hold until Greece enacts budget reforms and concludes talks over reducing its debt.

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith from OfTwoMinds blog,

Why Bernanke has Failed, and Will Continue to

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday, in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama asked Congress on Friday for power to consolidate agencies that promote U.S. exports, a move he cast as crucial to streamlining a sprawling bureaucracy struggling to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.
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MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Mitt Romney is poised to take a big step toward the Republican U.S. presidential nomination on Tuesday by capturing New Hampshire, hoping to ride out last-minute attacks from his rivals and recover from a self-inflicted wound.


Our forecasted strategic changes have been on target: In 2006: We called that Southern California was a time bomb ready to explode, and then construction fell 84%. In 2007: We said resale prices would fall another 15%, and they fell
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday refused to block new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, a victory for the Obama administration.


Performance:… The International Active Strategy narrowly underperformed the MSCI EAFE index in the fourth quarter; the strategy gained 3.2% and the benchmark rose 3.3%. Negative country selection was somewhat offset by positive stock selection. The strategy beat its benchmark by


Greece is in big trouble.

 

I realize that 99% of commentators have completely missed this fact. After all throughout 2011 the

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Investors rushed into German and U.K. bond auctions, showing a strong appetite for assets considered to be safe amid worries about a deepening euro-zone debt crisis.

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Germany's largest opposition party will work with Merkel to find a consensus candidate for the presidency, as pressure mounts on the country's president to resign.

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Let's turn our focus on a different country today, and ponder the plight of Indian convertible bonds.

Bloomberg reports Debt Trap Looms in Convertibles Due After 25% Sensex Plunge
Indian companies with a record $5.3 billion of convertible bonds due this year may see borrowing costs more than quadruple after the worst

Read more: Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis

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