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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:56 PM ET

Diamonds Are A Dictators Best Friend?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Diamonds
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Diamonds

With all the talk of 'regime elements' and wealthy businessmen fleeing Egypt, I've been thinking about gold and diamonds a lot lately.

We hear of dictators stashing large quantities of gold: For example, stories of Saddam Hussein's gold stash have achieved quasi-mythic proportions—George Clooney even starred in a film based on the premise.

But why not diamonds?

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:28 PM ET

It's Friday, Here's A Treat.

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

This hedge fund applicant holds nothing back on his resume, especially his love for flair. Thanks DealBreaker for sharing.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

What You Missed at Davos: A Moment With The Gates

A tender moment between Bill and Melinda Gates insde the Congress Centre at the World Economic Forum this week.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 2:09 PM ET

Blame It On The Snow?

Posted By: John Carney
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Can anyone explain why it makes any sense at all to blame the weather for the job creation falling so far short of expectations?

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 1:37 PM ET

Charlie Don't Surf at BNY Mellon

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Bank of New York Mellon
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Bank of New York Mellon

Charlie don't surf—and he don't tell the truth about his FX trades at Mellon either.

At least not according to allegations from a whistleblower group.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 1:01 PM ET

Defense Tech CEO Paul Cofoni On Our Dangerous World

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

With the nation's deficit continuing to balloon, the knife is out to slash budgets. One of the items on the chopping block is the defense budget.

The worry over cuts has been hanging over the industry for sometime. I recently had the change to talk to Paul Cofoni, the President and CEO of Defense Information Technology Contractor CACI about the outlook for the sector.

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  Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 12:26 PM ET

Is the Fed's Real Target 1,755 for the S&P?

Posted By: Jeff Cox

Consider it the Fed’s chicken-or-the-egg dilemma: Do rising stocks drive down unemployment or does lower unemployment drive up stocks?

One view of the relationship between the two suggests that it is the former and not the latter, hence the continuation of the central bank’s easy-money policies.

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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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