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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 4:56 PM ET

Currency Carry Trade 'Carries' Investors to Losses

Posted By: Ash Bennington
NYSE Trader
Photo: Oliver Quillia for CNBC.com
NYSE Trader

"Currency traders that seek profits by borrowing in nations with low interest rates to fund purchases in countries with higher yields are losing more money than at any time in at least a decade."

So begins a Bloomberg News story , dated yesterday.

When I took my first job at an investment bank many years ago I didn't know anything.

It was back in those early years that I first heard the term 'carry trade'. I remember that when I first heard the concept it sounded like the most romantic and mysterious thing in the world.

Like I said, I didn't know anything.

Back then I was humble and inquisitive: So I asked a trader about how it worked.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 4:49 PM ET

Capitol Hill Agenda: Reform Financial Reform

Posted By: John Carney

Reform of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms might be a good starting place for the Republicans who formally took control of the House of Representatives today.

Capitol Hill Agenda
Capitol Hill Agenda

In the wake of the financial crisis, it seemed for a time as if we might get sensible regulatory reform that would lead to a more robust financial system capable of providing financing for the future of the American economy.

What we got was a bill named for two of the principal architects of the old financial regulatory regime that was long on promises but short on actual reform.

We’ve asked for reader contributions. \(Send them our way by emailing NetNet@cnbc.com .\) For now here is our start for financial reform that would actually improve things:

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

Facebook Versus The SEC

Posted By: John Carney
Facebook
Facebook

Facebook’s practice of raising capital on private markets largely out of the direct oversight of regulators has spurred an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Facebook recently cut a deal with Goldman Sachs and a Russian investment company called Ditigal Sky Technologies that will raise $500 million for the company. The terms of the deal reportedly value the company at $50 billion.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 3:24 PM ET

Law Degree, Never Used, For Sale On eBay

Posted By: Stephanie Landsman

Just days after NetNet published “Getting Schooled in Law Loans ,” a law school graduate has turned to eBay due to “severe financial distress.”

“Resume Goddess” is selling a six year old law degree on eBay , never used, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She tells NetNet that loans from the third tier law school have “ruined” her life.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 2:41 PM ET

S&P on Steroids: Index To Hit 2,854 on Sept. 4, 2013, Birinyi Predicts

Posted By: Jeff Cox

Should the stock market continue on its current trajectory, the Standard & Poor’s 500 will approach 3,000 within the next two and a half years, analyst Laszlo Birinyi said.

Analyzing bull markets going back to 1962 led the Birinyi and Associates president to call for a 2,854 S&P when the current bull market wraps up on Sept. 4, 2013. That would represent a 125 percent gain from Tuesday’s closing price.

How can he be so precise?

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 1:50 PM ET

Former Members of Congress: Six Figure Salary — Or Real Money?

Posted By: Ash Bennington

US Senators make $174,000 per year — but that's chump change compared to what they can make in the private sector.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 1:35 PM ET

The Capitol Hill Agenda: What Not to Do Now That You Control Congress

Posted By: John Carney
Capitol Hill Agenda
Capitol Hill Agenda

Dear Republicans,

Congratulations on taking control of the House of Representatives. While we’re skeptical about the efficacy of politicians to improve our economic plight, we are willing to believe that you are well-meaning folks who want a better and more prosperous America.

In order to demonstrate that our belief is not misplaced, you will have to resist calls to journey down two paths that are sure to be political dead-ends.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 1:11 PM ET

Will Swiss Central Bankers Destroy The Euro?

Posted By: John Carney
Euros at an angle
Thomas Northcut | Photodisc | Getty Images
Euros at an angle

When the Swiss central bank confirmed today that it has excluded Irish government debt from a list of assets considered eligible as collateral for its repo transactions, it created broader worries about the exposure of other eurozone nations to decisions from Alpine bankers.

The move against Irish debt was first reported by Irish blogger Lorcan Roche Kelly . It happened way back in December, after major credit rating agencies cut Ireland's rating below 'A,' but went largely unnoticed. My colleague Antonia Oprita confirmed the report today .

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 11:49 AM ET

Help Us Set The Capitol Hill Agenda for 2011

Posted By: John Carney
Capitol Hill Agenda
Capitol Hill Agenda

Nancy Pelosi will surrender the House Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner today. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has already made its influence felt by forcing President Barack Obama to cut a deal to stave off scheduled tax increases for another two years—and the economy and markets seem to be responding positively.

Republicans, however, cannot afford to rest on this early victory. They rose to power—or at least, to power-sharing—on the confidence of tea party activists, Republican stalwarts and independent voters that they would press for reform on Capitol Hill. Spending restraint, deficit reduction, health care reform, respect for Constitutional limits on federal authority and regulatory reform must all be high on the Republican agenda if the Grand Old Party hopes to keep this confidence intact through 2012.

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  Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 11:35 AM ET

Eurozone Sovereign Debt: A Menu of Bad Options

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Welcome to the world of European sovereign debt restructuring proposals — where politicians dream of making the world other than it is by act of Parliament.

Today's installment begins with a discussion of two policy options for handling European sovereign bonds in the wake of the Eurozone's debt crisis.

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