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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:51 PM ET

The Next Commodities Play: Hoarding Nickels

Posted By: John Carney
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Looking for a commodities play that will let you hedge against inflation? The blog UnitedWeBland says you should hoard your nickels .

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:11 PM ET

Will First Day of Trading Again Be Lucky for Markets?

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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Turning the page on the calendar has become a favorite exercise for the stock market over the past year or so.

So with February fading into March, traders likely should brace themselves for a happy Tuesday, delivered straight from the accommodating folks on Wall Street.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

The Dictators of Spelling: A Googler's Guide to Finding 'Gaddafi ' in the News

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

If you're looking for a news story containing the name of the Libyan leader you may be in for a challenge: The spelling of 'Gaddafi' across news outlets has been as erratic as his recent behavior.

Here is a quick spelling cheat sheet to help you keep track and to aid in your search.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 1:54 PM ET

Why the Tax Cut Didn't Stimulate More Spending

Posted By: John Carney
US Capitol Building with cash
US Capitol Building with cash

Consumers increased spending 0.2 percent in January, despite a cut in Social Security taxes that grew personal income by a full percentage point.

You’ll hear lots of theories about why consumers didn’t spend more of the increased income. But don’t read too much into the news.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 1:18 PM ET

No Inflation? That's Not What Food Prices Are Saying

Posted By: Jeff Cox

With all the talk about $4 a gallon gas and the crisis in the Middle East, the specter of surging food prices has gotten pushed to the background.

That’s a mistake, considering that the struggle to put food on the table is what generated the riots in the first place. In the US we focus so much on gas because of the way higher transportation costs infect every sector of the economy, but rising grocery costs are a major threat as well.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

What's Next for Goldman's Ruzika?

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Richard Ruzika
Source: columbia.edu
Richard Ruzika

News broke on Friday that Richard Ruzika, head of Goldman Sachs' Special Situations Group was 'retiring'.

At 51, Ruzika, a former precious metals commodities trader, seems a bit young to spend his days ambling along on a golf course.

Which may make you wonder: What's the story behind the scenes at Goldman Sachs?

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 11:36 AM ET

Diane Swonk: Most Clients Are Worried About Inflation

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

We're looking at busy week in terms of gauging the health of the U.S. economy. Monday is Consumer spending. On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. Friday is the all important jobs number.

I caught up with Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Mesirow Financial, and asked her about the economic headwinds facing the country and s her outlook on the Mid East turmoil.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 10:41 AM ET

Nicole Lapin Has Bieber Fever!

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber

First Nouriel Roubini called the financial meltdown at the hands of mortgage-backed securities. Then Meredith Whitney predicted the collapse of several of the nation’s biggest banks. And now: Justin Bieber speaking out about the muni market?

As Bieber himself would say, “Never say never.”

From Joe Queenan’s column :

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 9:48 AM ET

Gaddafi Wants to Abolish Switzerland

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

Switzerland has also moved to freeze the assets of the Libyan regime. But it seems unlikely that Colonel Gaddafi and his cronies would be stashing their wealth in Zurich these days.

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  Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

'Fed May Need to Take Break From Easing: Bullard'

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

JPMorgan Wants a Piece of the Twitter Action [FT via CNBC.com]

'Fed May Need to Take Break From Easing: Bullard' [CNBC.com]

Rodgers: Commodities Market=Win [CNBC.com]

Another Possible IPO: Looks like Glencore, the world's largest commodities trader,is considering an IPO[Reuters via CNBC.com]

Looks like Goldman is going to get the 'ok' to repay Berkshire [Bloomberg]

Financial Documentary 'Inside Doc' Wins Oscar, Film's Director Slams Wall Street Execs in Speech: “Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong,” Charles Ferguson, the film's director, said at the beginning of his speech. [NYTimes]

Your Oscar Take-Away :

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