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PIMCO's Gross Is Long Mortgages [Bloomberg] Very interesting story:"Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., increased his holdings of mortgage debt to the highest level since July 2009 as prices of government securities fell. Gross cut the proportion of U.S. government and related securities in Pimco’s $241 billion Total Return Fund to 22 percent of assets in December from 30 percent in November, according to a report placed on the company’s website. That’s the least since February 2009. He raised mortgages to 45 percent from 43 percent. Pimco doesn’t comment directly on monthly changes in its portfolio holdings."
Tunisia's President Flees the Country [Wall Street Journal] "Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television Friday he was temporarily assuming power and that President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has left the country for Malta under Libyan protection. In a statement Friday, Prime Minister Ghannouchi cited constitutional provisions that stipulate a president who is temporarily unable to conduct his duties should delegate them to the prime minister." Some news outlets are citing inflation as one of the causes.
This may well be the coolest graphic I've ever seen.
Plot sovereign creditworthiness on the X-Axis—and aggregate bank credit worthiness on the Y-Axis—and what do you get?
From beggared Greece to boring Sweden.
(I mean that as a compliment to Sweden. Banking is supposed to be boring. Sorry Greece)
Lately, banking has been very exciting.
Exciting like a twelve car pileup on the interstate.
Banking used to be boring.
McCrudden's website appears to have been scrubbed recently. But Google's archives captured a few revealing pages.
One is a list of people who McCrudden says should be "exposed for corruption and fired." Some are well known, such as Mary Schaprio. Others are new names to me.
"There are no good ways to execute this plan, but these people have to be exposed and held accountable," McCrudden wrote.
Here's his list:
The asset manager arrested last night for threatening SEC and CFTC officials seems to have slipped off the rails of reality quite some time ago.
First, a bit of background, courtesy of NBC's Jonathan Dienst:
JPMorgan revealed this morning that it has set aside $9.7 billion for compensation in 2010, an increase over last year's $9.3 billion.
But internally, managers have been working to manage bonus expectations. Employees in several areas of the bank have been told that they should expect bonuses to be modest.
Some of the most powerful people on Wall Street passed through the offices of the law firm Davis Polk & Wardell yesterday. JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon was seen pacing around the lobby. Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan was there. Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman made an appearance. But...
Notably absent: Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein.
Nicole Lapin, of CNBC's Worldwide Exchange, explains what she's long and what she's short this week.
Listening to China and the United States hash through the same talking points is like listening to your parents have the same fight throughout the course of your childhood: The issues remain the same—and the pain never quite subsides.
This week, ahead of President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States on Wednesday, we continue to hear the same issues reverberate in the media echo chamber.
Agustino Fontevecchia, writing for Forbes.com , picks up on the dysfunctional marriage metaphor as well: "While their realities couldn't be more distant, their destinies are tied to the point where it is absolutely necessary for the world economy, and for their respective economies, that the U.S. and China figure out how to keep their unwanted marriage healthy. The problem, as in many fights between couples, is that neither party is willing to both accept its share of the blame and give creed to the other's valid arguments."
And so, within that context, I present a list of greatest hits: A sampling of the principle contentions that will likely be probed when president Obama meets with Mr. Hu:
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the jobs report and the current dilemma of long-term unemployment.
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the recent GDP numbers and what factors have been affecting it.
Investors give and investors take away, and nowhere has that been more true lately than in value stocks.
Alibaba could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock listing on Nasdaq, but it was worried about Nasdaq's ability to handle their $21 billion IPO.
Forgive him, father, for he has sinned. Trader-turned-comedian Raj Mahal offers these confessions from his time on Wall Street.
The Federal Reserve is increasingly expected to send a more hawkish message when it meets next week.