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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Inflation Station, the Dollar, Rating Agencies, ETFs...


Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering just about everything, from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Is it bad karma that when I Google up "Tug McGraw" he is wearing a Phillies uniform in 95% of the pictures?

Inflation Station
  • Newsflash: Inflation is way worse than CPI would have us believe.
  • OK, that's not really news to anyone that does such extravagant things as go to a doctor or send a kid to school, but as Barry notes, it's a point starting to seep into mainstream reporting.
  • For the most part, the media has dutifully reported the nonsensical CPI data as if it were scripture. This drumbeat of criticism -- both here and elsewhere -- has begun to penetrate the MSM. We've seen a few critical columns over the past year or so. But I never expected to see this kind of critical reporting in a mainstream outlet: "CPI's Lie on Household Inflation Doesn't Wash."

Around the world, as we wonder whether a dollar can even buy a dollar any more.

  • Accrued Interest with some perspective on the buck, and some questions.
  • And some answers from The Bonddad Blog.
  • How does "it wasn't my fault, I just worked there" sound in Spanish? "La probabilidad de que se produzca una recesión en Estados Unidos ha aumentado, al menos en un 50%, según ha explicado hoy el ex-presidente de la Fed, Alan Greenspan. Además, espera que el gasto en consumo se ralentice como consecuencia de la importante caída del mercado inmobiliario, ya que la crisis hipotecaria ha provocado la reducción de la riqueza."

Watching the Detectives

  • So some slight conflicts of interest in the Ratings Agencies? I'm shocked, shocked.
  • Skeptical CPA not buying it.
  • Calculated Risk not optimistic of a resolution to who should pay them.
Not Here to Talk About the Past
  • Afraid to Trade asks if the Nasdaq is forecasting higher prices for stocks.
  • As seen on Squawk on the Street this morning, Bespoke shoots down some myths about end of the quarter window dressing.
  • Roger on his way of playing defense.

Exchange (Traded) Place

  • Jeff at Dash of Insight with a comprehensive take on his use of ETFs.
  • 15 months ago, Barclays (BCS) introduced the first ETNs. They are like ETFs, but different structure and confusing tax treatment.
  • No worries though, total assets now over $3 bln according to Index Universe.
  • There may be less to that number than meets the eye, though. 70% of those assets are in DJP, the iPath Dow Jones-AIG Commodity Index Total Return ETN, so this is probably more of an endorsement for a product that tracks a white hot asset class than the overall structure of these ETNs.
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