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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:31 PM ET

Federal Government Careens Toward Shutdown

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:25 PM ET

Madoff Points Finger Of Blame At Banks

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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Bernie Madoff

, Bernie Madoff explained how—and why—he defrauded his investors out of billions of dollars. His account certainly sounds credible—but one doesn't perpetrate the largest Ponzi scheme in recorded history without the capacity to make dubious information sound legitimate.

Aside from the fascinating psychological insights one may \(or may not\) take away about the man himself, the most striking part of the interview is Madoff's continued insistence of major banks complicity in his fraud.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 3:15 PM ET

Small Businesses Support Shutdown

Posted By: John Carney
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Many small business owners support a government shutdown and believe that it will have little effect on them, according to a new study.

The study from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management reports that 48 percent of small private business owners and those who lend to small businesses said they supported a government shutdown. Thirty-nine percent said they opposed a shutdown.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 2:02 PM ET

Antitrust Regulators Will Keep Working During a Shutdown

Posted By: John Carney
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Federal officials charged with reviewing mergers under antitrust laws will keep working during a government shutdown.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:27 PM ET

The SEC’s Government Shutdown Plan

Posted By: John Carney
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

The Securities and Exchange Commission will be operating with only a tiny fraction of its staff if the government shuts down over a budget impasse.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 12:27 PM ET

Muni Fears and the Government Shutdown

Posted By: John Carney
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US Capitol Building with cash

The looming federal government shutdown should worry muni investors.

Many investors in municipal bonds take comfort in the fact that it simply doesn't make sense for many bond issuers to default. It is far wiser, in most cases, for a city or a state to continue making timely payment on debt—even if it means cutting services or raising taxes—than to default.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

Liquidity Versus Solvency—Deconstructed for TwentySomethings—Part II

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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Last November, the economist Nouriel Roubini Tweeted: "Greece & Ireland are solvency not liquidity."

Roubini seemed to be making the case—with ruthless brevity—that the looming crisis was more serious than many European government officials wanted to admit. And that things were about to get worse.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

Uh-Oh! Muni Salesman Are Fighting 'Gloom'

Posted By: John Carney
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Is there anything scarier than salesmen who start claiming that attention to the flaws in their products is nothing but "spin?"

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the muni business is "fighting back" after 21 weeks of consecutive investor outflows. The problem, as they see it, is not with their products. It's with the people who they are trying to sell their products to. Those investor types are just too damned gullible, believing the likes of that Meredith Whitney woman and others who say that many munis are at risk of defaulting.

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  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

Countdown to the Government Shutdown

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 9:14 AM ET

Why Big Bear David Tice Is Bullish

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
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Anyone who reads the newspaper or watches CNBC knows David Tice. He is the founder of the Prudent Bear Fund.

Recently, one of Tice's tweets caught my eye—he is the lead investor in the new movie Soul Surfer (TriStar Pictures) which is out in theatres today. It's about the inspirational story of Bethany Hamilton who at the age of 13 was attacked by a shark while surfing and her courageous way back to riding the waves as a professional one-arm surfer.

It's not every day you get to sit down with a quintessential bear and talk about something bullish so I thought now would be a great time to talk to David about something he is excited about.

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