Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 9:10 AM ET

North and South Korea Fire Artillery in Anger

Posted By: Ash Bennington

World markets are sharply lower this morning. The selloff appears to have been triggered by two principal factors: Worries about a worsening debt crisis in Europe, and North Korean shelling of a South Korean island.

Here are the raw data: (From Yahoo Finance via AP) "In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 35.77 points, or 0.6 percent at 5,645.06 while Germany's DAX fell 16.76 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,805.29. The CAC-40 in France was 30.16 points, or 0.8 percent, lower at 3,788.73."

"Wall Street was also poised to open lower—Dow futures were down 61 points, or 0.6 percent, at 11,104 while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 futures fell 9.2 points, or 0.8 percent, at 1,188.70."

North and South Korea Fire Artillery in Anger

North Korea and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire after the North shelled a South Korean island with artillery rockets near the two countries disputed maritime border. This is an international incident of a serious magnitude, with ramifications for both the regional markets in Asia, as well as for the broader global financial markets.

The New York Times provides a timeline, as well as a context for the hair-trigger potential for escalation on the Korean Peninsula:

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 5:13 PM ET

Rising Unrest in Ireland Forces PM Cowen to Call for New Elections in January

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Major Raid on Hedge Funds (CNBC's NetNet) "The FBI conducted raids on three hedge funds today in connection with its massive investigation on insider trading on Wall Street"

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:51 PM ET

New Fannie & Freddie Litigation the Next Ugly Shoe to Drop in Mortgage Repurchase Nightmare?

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the enormous Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) that purchased about three quarters of the total single-family mortgages in the United States, about to step into the repurchase litigation fray ?

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If so, it might be very frightening news indeed for the lenders potentially on the hook to repurchase the securities they sold to the GSE's.

First, a little background.

From the RealtyTrac article, a primer on Fannie May and Freddie Mac:

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:27 PM ET

The Stupid Bazooka Theory Rides Again in Europe

Posted By: John Carney

Don’t be so sure that the European Union’s emergency aid package for Ireland will stop the spread of debt concerns to other euro zone countries. In fact, it may accelerate it.

After Greece was bailed out of its own debt troubles this year, the various European government officials all voiced confidence that the stabilization programs put in place would probably not need to be drawn down. Just the existence of the programs—the expression of the will of European government’s to stabilize the markets—would be enough to stabilize markets. Indeed, the Eurocrats insisted that the point of constructing the bailout programs was to avoid ever having to use them.

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:18 PM ET

Diamondback Says It Is Cooperating With FBI

Posted By: John Carney

Diamondback Capital Management, one of the three firms that was raided Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, says that its cooperating with the FBI's investigation .

"We received an inquiry this morning from the FBI," the hedge fund firm said in a statement that was emailed to MarketWatch . "Diamondback is voluntarily cooperating. The firm is fully operational and we, along with our team, continue to manage the portfolio and Diamondback's business for the benefit of our investors," it added.

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:06 PM ET

Getting Carded for the Holidays

Posted By: Stephanie Landsman

Law student Samuel Jaffe won’t be standing in line in the wee hours of the night hoping to score a Black Friday deal.

Facebook And Target Begin Sale Of Facebook Gift Cards
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Facebook And Target Begin Sale Of Facebook Gift Cards

"I'd rather be in a bathrobe at 3am ordering my discount gifts or buying gift cards than being in a stampede," says Jaffe.

A Mercator Advisory Group study finds $70.5 billion was spent on store gift cards last year versus $40 billion in 2003. Even though the amount has nearly doubled in the last six years, the growth pace has begun to stall. Purchases of gift cards were up just over two billion dollars from 2008 to 2009.

"Gift card growth over the past two years has slowed down because of the economy. People have been getting deals. So, why give cash when you can get something 50 to 60 percent off for something impressive," says Eric Beder, Brean Murray, Carret & Co. Retail Analyst.

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 3:33 PM ET

Hedge Fund Raid

Posted By: Ash Bennington

The FBI conducted raids on three hedge funds today, in connection with its massive investigation on insider trading on Wall Street.


A quick rundown of hedge funds involved:

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 3:16 PM ET

Here's What's Been Happening on the 26th Floor of the News Corp Building

Posted By: Julia La Roche

The American media magnate and CEO of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs worked secretively to create a tablet-based news outlet operating out of the 26th floor of the News Corp building.

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The tablet-only news outlet called “The Daily” will contain what is being described as “highly visualized” and interactive content.

During the process of creating the project, the 27th and 25th floors were "quarantined" for purposes of secrecy.

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 2:40 PM ET

Where Will You be Reading This Next Year?

Posted By: Ash Bennington

How you get the news matters—particularly to finance professionals, not just accuracy but speed.

Valerie Everett

If you work for a bank or a hedge fund, and you need to stay on top of what's going on in the world, you probably read The Wall Street Journal. So what does the discussion of such things as news delivery models mean to you? That depends.

In an article in Saturday's New York Times, David Carr addresses just such questions.

Now that the Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp., Rupert Murdoch is among a very short list of the most powerful men in business news:

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  Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 1:43 PM ET

The SEC's Absurd War Against Insider Trading

More absurdity from the SEC this week.

The Wall Street Journal Reports they are now investigating what are known as Expert Networks. These are private consulting firms that specialize in providing information and expertise on particular industries and companies. Hedge funds and mutual funds hire them to get an investment edge.

The Journal highlights a company that is being probed by the SEC, which does “channel checks” with manufacturers of technology equipment for bigger companies. That kind of research gives insight into strength of order flow and can provide clues as to the direction of the industry. \(Often times, they are run by, or staffed with, former employees of the companies in question. Sounds similar to the revolving door of members of congress who become lobbyists.\)

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