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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:09 PM ET

Cash-Hoarding Companies Put Economy, Stock Rally at Risk

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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All that cash piling up on corporate America’s balance sheet could end up hurting an economic recovery and further gains in the stock market.

At 5.96 percent, the ratio of cash to total company assets is nearing a 45-year peak, according to the Federal Reserve and Credit Suisse . Such a high total has advantages for sure—the ability to do deals and to return money to shareholders to name just two—but it also has drawbacks.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

Irish Bank Liquidity and Wilbur Ross Deal

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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With Ireland's bank stress test results coming out on March 31st, the announcement of a possible European Central Bank liquidity chess move has the markets bracing for bad news.

The ECB is looking to expand its operational reach in Ireland by replacing a short-term funding plan known as the Exceptional Liquidity Assistance \(ELA\) with a new €60 billion medium-term “liquidity” loan plan.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:23 AM ET

Banks Push to Weaken Dodd-Frank Risk Rules

Posted By: John Carney
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Bank regulators are set to hold an open meeting on Tuesday to discuss a controversial risk-retention rule for mortgages—and its even more controversial carve-out.

Under the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, banks are required to retain at least five percent of the risk on mortgages they securitize.

The idea was that banks would be more careful about making loans and structuring mortgage-backed securities if they were required to keep a part of the credit risk. From the start, that has had banks griping that this will choke off the mortgage market and raise borrowing costs of home-buyers.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

The Warren Buffett And Anne Hathaway Trade

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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Anne Hathaway and Warren Buffett

Anne Hathaway and Warren Buffett have recently been linked in the media—though not romantically, thank god.

No, this linkage is purely statistical.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

Goldman Sachs Employees Told Not to Leave Japan

Posted By: John Carney
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At least four Goldman Sachs executives flew into Japan last week to speak with nervous ex-pat employees about radiation fears, according to a person familiar with the situation. They also conveyed another message: don't leave Japan and don't leave Tokyo.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

Wilbur Ross:Japan Car Market Was Weak Even Before the Tragedy

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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Since the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the auto industry is facing supply chain shortages which are impacting their manufacturing decisions . But paint isn't the only challenge facing automakers. Some auto parts are manufactured in Japan.

Wall Street waits to see what kind of impact this will have on dealers when it comes to servicing their customer's cars.

I decided to ask legendary turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross, who owns the auto parts giant International Automotive Components Group, about how the disaster is impacting the auto parts industry.

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  Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 9:13 AM ET

'Tech Bubble? Investing Like It's 1999'

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 4:59 PM ET

Goldman #10 in M&A—But #1 in Charging Clients

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 4:40 PM ET

Playing Consumer Catch Phrases

Posted By: Stephanie Landsman
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We've put together a shopping list of catchphrases that apply to the consumer economy.

Then, we took the theories to the analysts who trackconsumers, retail and fashion and put them to find out ifthey hold any truth.

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  Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

The Dick Parsons Project

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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US Capitol Building with cash

In the whacky wonderful world of capitalism, money and success flow to the people who create the most value. That's the theory—and while it isn't a perfect system on its own, things go downhill in a hurry when government gets involved.

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