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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 2:05 PM ET

Everyone on Wall Street Agrees with Bill Gross: Short Treasuries

Posted By: John Carney
Bill Gross of PIMCO participates in a conference on the future of housing finance at the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.
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Bill Gross of PIMCO participates in a conference on the future of housing finance at the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

It was hardly surprising to learn this morning that Pimco’s $235.9 billion flagship bond fund had gone net short Treasury bonds.

But I was surprised to learn in conversations how many people were convinced that this was exactly the right move—although some wonder if Pimco might be a bit early.

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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 1:42 PM ET

Lynn Tilton: The Wildest Woman in American Business

Posted By: John Carney
Lynn Tilton
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Lynn Tilton

Lynn Tilton once sued Merrill Lynch for sexual harassment. Whatever Merrill paid—and it sure seems like they paid a hefty price—this has to be making their eyes pop out of their heads.

From New York Magazine :

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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 1:40 PM ET

Earnings Look Strong Now, But Growth May Not Last

Posted By: Jeff Cox
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As investors prepare for the beginning of earnings season, two threats are lurking in the shadows: Toppy corporate profit margins and the threat to a consumer just showing signs of recovery.

Should either specter emerge from the dark it could cast a scary pall over how strong growth will be in coming quarters.

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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 12:35 PM ET

The SEC Revives Profit-Flipping

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

The news that the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering raising the 500-shareholder limit on non-public companies and relaxing the general solicitation rules on selling unregistered securities was a welcome surprise.

I had expected the SEC to react to Goldman Sachs offering of Facebook non-registered, private shares to go in the opposite direction: an immediate attempt to shut down or highly regulate the markets for non-registered securities.

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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 10:49 AM ET

'Ring Fencing' UK Banks

Posted By: John Carney
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Government Regulation

The report from the UKs Independent Commission on Banking overestimates the competency of regulators.

The commission said on Monday that the UK's biggest banks do not need to be broken up to reduce systemic risk. Instead, they should be forced to hold more capital and 'ring fence' retail units so they cannot be brought down if a bank's trading and investment units fail.

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  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 9:12 AM ET

Madoff Finds 'Love' Behind Bars, Wants to Teach Business Ethics

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

Waking up With Nicole Lapin

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
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If I can figure out how to tie a tie this Monday morning, you, too, can get out of bed \(hopefully without finding a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick\) and start the glorious week of earnings we have before us.

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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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