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My guess is that not many people who once worked for Goldman Sachs end up working for Playboy, but Judy Joo, a former Morgan Stanley and Goldman banker turned chef, is proving it's not unthinkable.
Countries must cut spending—but can't. (This and other depressing thoughts on the bond markets.) [CNBC via Reuters]
Rate hike in China. (Again.) [Financial Times]
Once again: Meredith Whitney under fire. [CNBC via NY Times]
What does a jump in cash purchases mean for the real estate market? [Wall Street Journal]
The worst Super Bowl commercial. [NY Times]
Gold up in London on speculation of Chinese demand. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
A tutorial: "Bond Trading 101—How to Trade Bonds" [BondSquawk | Hat Tip: Abnormal Returns]
Just how bad is the Greek RMBS market? (Hint: Bad.) [FT Alphaville]
LCH.Clearnet, a leading independent clearing house, is considering a plan to accept gold bullion as collateral against margined positions. London is the world’s largest market for over-the-counter gold trading.
"We’re looking at it closely,” confirms David Farrar, LCH.Clearnet Director of Commodities. “It’s something that, subject to regulatory approval, we’d look to introduce later this year." The Financial Services Authority \(FSA\) is the regulator of the financial services industry in the UK. A source, close to the situation, tells CNBC that nothing is currently pending before the FSA at this time on this matter.
Breaking BRICs: Geithner wants Brazil's help on undervalued renminbi. [FT]
Dueling slide shows: Berokwitz hits back at Einorn! [Business Insider]
Intense media navel gazing: AOL/HuffPo Edition. [CNET]
Common sense: Coming to TSA checkpoint near you? [NY Times]
Americans are getting poorer —unless they're not. [Economix]
Danaher's cash purchase of the medical diagnostics company Beckman Coulter came in at $5.8 billion, well above the price point that many analysts would have pointed to for Beckman.
Rob Kindler, the head of M&A for Danaher's advisor Morgan Stanley, said today that the price was driven up by the access of private equity to easy credit.
Dean Baker has provided a provocative and must-read response to the report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
His basic response is that the entire premises of the commission was wrong. Instead of focusing narrowly on the “financial crisis” it should have asked how we got into an economic crisis.
“The FCIC investigated risky investments, lax regulation, excessive leverage. And it downplayed the more mundane, but vastly more important, collapse of the housing bubble,” Baker writes.
In the wake of the Facebook-Goldman fiasco, it’s asking: why does the SEC have a built-in bias against private placements?
John McLaughlin, an attorney whose firm represents Goldman Sachs , offered an answer last week—the SEC is defending its turf.
The latest sign that the debt markets are awash in liquidity comes in the form a $500 million covenant-light debt issuance to pay a dividend to its private-equity owners.
Aleris International Inc—a Beechwood, Ohio aluminum company that emerged out of bankruptcy last year and is now owned by Oaktree Capital Management, Apollo Management, and Sankaty Advisors—sold the seven year notes at par yesterday to yield 7.625 percent.
The bonds offer some of the weakest lender protections of any deal to come to market recently, according to analysts at Moody’s and Covenant Review quoted in Michael Aneiro’s story in today’s Wall Street Journal . In particular, the covenants don’t provide checks on the ability of the company to borrow more and push cash out to sponsors.
As central banks move to weaken their currencies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew tells CNBC a stronger dollar is good for everyone.
Daunte Culpepper, the former Viking standout QB, spent a lot more time worrying about Xs and Os than he did PSI.
The bond market and commodity prices used to be the best economic gauges. But can you still trust them?