Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekend reading 12-13 December

Jon Stewart on Glenn Beck’s Gold Fever: Good Jon Stewart segment taking Fox News fear-monger guy Glenn Beck apart for his self-interested gold fever....

D-Day nears for Dubai's $3.5 billion debt hurdle: Heavy rain pounded Dubai on Sunday adding to the gloom of the emirate's debt woes a day before the deadline of the $3.52 billion bond by state-owned developer Nakheel, with no word on how it will be handled....

Can Obama bully the bankers?: The president wants more lending, less gouging and smaller paychecks. But after a year of pro-bank policies, he may not carry a big enough stick....

Questions surround Woods' future as marketing star: Tiger Woods' decision to withdraw from professional golf due to a sex scandal raised questions Friday about his future as a magnet for corporate sponsors, with AT&T (T.N) saying it was evaluating its ties....

America Must 'Reassert Stability and Lead: Interview with US Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chair Paul Volcker....

House Approves Tougher Rules on Wall Street: The House approved a Democratic plan on Friday to tighten federal regulation of Wall Street and banks, advancing a far-reaching Congressional response to the financial crisis that rocked the economy....

Trichet warns on bankers’ bonuses: Awarding big bonuses to bankers could help sow the seeds of a future financial crisis, Jean-Claude Trichet, European Central Bank president, has warned....

Finreg I: Bank capital and original sin: Banks are not financial intermediaries. Their role is not, as the storybooks pretend, to serve as a nexus between savers with capital and entrepreneurs in need of capital for economically valuable projects....

Macro-prudential supervision in Europe: Speech by Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the ECB, The Economist’s 2nd City Lecture, London, 11 December 2009....

Gold Isn’t the Best Protection Against Inflation: Economic chaos? The dollar crumbling? Central banks printing money like crazy? Probably the only real surprise about the surge in gold prices over the last few months is that it took so long to arrive....

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