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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

The Bonus War at UBS

Posted By: John Carney
UBS headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Steffen Schmidt
UBS headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

The delay in the awarding of bonuses at UBS has many in the New York offices of the Swiss banking giant considering whether it is time to move to a rival firm.

Yesterday CNBC's David Faber broke the news that UBS was delaying the announcement of bonuses because top managers were unhappy with the size of the bonus pool. They felt that the pool was too small to allow them to fairly compensate their teams. Some feared they could lose their best people if they awarded bonuses smaller than what other Wall Street firms were handing out.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

Are Egypt Exposures Oversold?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Protestors chant as they ride on an army tank transporter in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt in Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria to call for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Riot police and the Army have been sent into the streets to quell the protests, which so far have claimed 32 lives and left more than a thousand injured.
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Protestors chant as they ride on an army tank transporter in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt in Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria to call for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Riot police and the Army have been sent into the streets to quell the protests, which so far have claimed 32 lives and left more than a thousand injured.

Do you have the nerve for a major contrarian play in the equity markets: How about buying stocks with exposure to Egyptian instability when everyone else is scrambling for the exits?

That seems to be the logic—at least in part—behind Morgan Stanley's upgrade of Apache.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

Will Your Wallet Soon Become a Historic Relic?

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

Will the wallet soon be a thing of the past? At the rate mobile banking apps are being adopted, who knows.

Intuit announced Thursday its latest initiative, GoPayment, will be one of other first mobile payment apps available on the Android. Already available on the iPhone, the app offers flexibility for businesses to get paid right on the spot with the credit card swiping technology in the phone.

This credit card processing solution is the latest leap in the credit card smart phone process. I decided to ask, Omar Green, Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives at Intuit about the future of this mobile monetary exchange and Brett King, author of Bank 2.0 on what this means for the banking industry.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 8:44 AM ET

Labor Number Schizophrenia: Economy Adds Only 36,000—but Unemployment Rate Falls to 9%

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Labor number schizophrenia : Economy adds only 36,000 — but unemployment rate falls to 9%.

Egypt Braces for Massive Protests [Wall Street Journal]

Egyptians want Mubarak out —today [Financial Times]

Analysts expect job numbers to jump upward [Reuters]

Ally Financial picks the usual suspects to take it public: Cit, Goldman, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley.[CNBC via Reuters]

Bernanke sees catastrophe if debt ceiling isn't raised. [ZeroHedge]

Shocker: Republicans and Democrats disagree about Fannie & Freddie. [Boston Globe]

"The Worst Cell Phone on Earth" [Slate | Hat Tip: Felix Salmon]

Egypt Not Iran '79—should that reassure us? [Bloomberg]

ADP is terrible at predicting payroll numbers [Barry Ritholtz]

Work for Meredith Whitney now! [DealBreaker]

Early Superbowl Commercial Preview? [NY Times]

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 7:12 AM ET

Degrees Of Debt: MBAs

Posted By: Stephanie Landsman

Twenty-six year old Craig Rosen is taking a $100,000 gamble on his future.

That's how much Rosen, a first year MBA student at the University of Southern California, will owe in loans when he graduates.

"Having a bachelor's degree is no longer enough to be competitive in corporate America. A graduate degree is a way to set yourself apart from competition," said Rosen. "I think most students at USC are optimistic that they will be able to find an internship or full time position after this school year ends."

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 4:38 PM ET

Six Charged With Expert Network Insider Trading

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 4:24 PM ET

The 'Rabbit Conspiracy'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Singapore Celebrates Chinese New Year
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Singapore Celebrates Chinese New Year

I'm beginning to wonder if the meaning of The Year of The Rabbit isn't something of a secret.

Today, as you likely already know, is the Chinese Lunar New Year: And 2011 is the Year of The Rabbit.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:33 PM ET

Life's Not Really That Bad, Dr. Helen

Posted By: Ash Bennington
AP

Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee "who enjoys commenting on popular culture, politics and psychological issues."

Not long ago, I caught her attention with a short post I wrote for CNBC entitled: College Freshmen: Life Sucks.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:15 PM ET

Kenneth Cole's Cairo Gaffe Invites Cyber-Toge

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
Twitter

Looks like Kenneth Cole's impolitic tweet about Egypt has become a flashpoint for brand cyber-toge.

A new Twitter account called "KennethColePR" was opened up today, shortly after Cole's Cairo Uproar tweet. It's obviously not an official Kenneth Cole account. In fact, it seems that the main purpose of the account is to mock Kenneth Cole's Cairo gaffe.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 2:42 PM ET

Hofmeister: If Oil Production Shuts Down in Egypt—Oil Will Go up $20 to $30 a Barrel 

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

The commodities markets are running scared as images of unrest in Egypt dominate tv screens around the world. Just how high can black gold go? I asked that question to John Hofmeister former President and COE of U.S. Operations of Shell Oil and Founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.

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