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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 4:31 PM ET

Why Hedge Funds Are Donating to Republicans

Posted By: John Carney
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GOP symbol and cash

The big Wall Street Journal story on hedge funds does a good job of describing the shift of hedge fund political donations from Democrats to Republicans.

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 4:07 PM ET

Will US Economy Follow Housing Into a Double-Dip?

Posted By: John Carney
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Falling home prices may threaten the economic recovery.

Home prices have been falling in many markets for several months. The most recent data from Case-Shillershow that home prices declined in every one of the 20 cities included in their index—except Detroit.

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 2:45 PM ET

If This Is Rajat Gupta's Defense, Lloyd Blankfein Has Already Debunked It

Posted By: Katya Wachtel, Business Insider
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Raj Rajaratnam

Will Rajat Gupta's insider trading defense be that it was his job to spill board room secrets to Goldman's tier one clients?

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

Housing Crash 2.0 Is Accelerating

Posted By: John Carney
Home prices continuing to drop.
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Home prices continuing to drop.

House prices are falling again—and the decline is accelerating.

Today’s big housing numbers comes from the Case-Shiller home price indexes. The indexes, which measure how prices have changed over the previous three months, show prices falling in every major metropolitan area \(except, weirdly, Detroit\). The 20-city average declined 3.3 percent from a year ago, and 1.1 percent from the previous three-month average.

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:51 AM ET

Will Rising Silver Margins Cap the Market?

Posted By: Lori Spechler
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Silver bar and coins

Silver margins are going up —again. As the CME tries to keep pace with the explosive silver rally, the exchange has now hiked margin requirements eight times in the past twelve months.

While increased margins are more of a reaction to price and volume than a meaningful intent to control prices, market watchers say that increasing margins has sometimes caused investors to reduce positions and deleverage in order to meet those higher margin requirements.

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

Hazing at Goldman Sachs

Posted By: John Carney
The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
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The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

There is perhaps no more telling detail about what kind of person works at Goldman Sachs than the story of the Memorial Day weekend meeting William Cohan relates in his book "Money and Power."

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

The Great Wikileaks Bank of America Hoax

Posted By: John Carney
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Julian Assange

What ever happened to the cache of banking secrets Wikileaks was supposedly going to release early this year?

Wikileaks honcho Julian Assange told Andy Greenberg at Forbes that he was in possession of a trove of documents that "could take down a bank or two." The documents wouldn't necessarily show illegality but they would reveal an "ecosystem of corruption" at one of the biggest banks in the United States. Wikileaks would release it "early next year."

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 8:16 AM ET

Hedge Funds Short Obama

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 4:52 PM ET

A Piece of Carl Icahn’s Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted By: John Carney
  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 4:06 PM ET

Tim Geithner: Surfer Dude

Posted By: John Carney
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