In Pictures: Maturing meerkats BBC. A nice selection.
Japan’s Recovery Too Weak to Spur Domestic Demand, Tankan Shows Bloomberg (hat tip DoctoRx)
Room for Debate New York Times. Bill Black, Ed Harrison, and yours truly, among others.
Final Thoughts on the Bernanke Nomination and AIG Chris Whalen (hat tip reader Joseph M)
Lieberman’s Offer to You: Nothing Matthew Yglesias
Thoughts on TARP Repayment Calculated Risk. This is one of those very rare times when I do not agree with CR. Capital raising and repaying the TARP are two separate actions. And as we pointed out, Chris Whalen said BofA should have been encouraged to sell stock now, but not allowed to repay the TARP until at least mid 2010. With Citi and Wells, the case for delay is even clearer. But while Whalen thinks the banks are not in the clear yet, the banks themselves have no such compunctions. Of course, a 50% bonus surtax might have thrown an interesting spanner into this dynamic…
World’s Top Polluter Emerges as Green-Technology Leader Wall Street Journal
How To Make The World’s Easiest $1 Billion Clusterstock (hat tip reader Cullpepper). From last week, apologies for being tardy, but this is fun and pointedly accurate.
AIG Chief: Key Staff Suffer Financially Wall Street Journal. So? That’s what happens to employees of companies that go bust.
Prohibition Along the Northern Vermont Border Vermonter (hat tip reader John L)
The disaster of “Chimerica” – Can both sides be losers? China Hush (hat tip reader Kendall). Presents a Chinese point of view on the current strained relationship
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