MUST READS
Gas prices break 27-day rise – CNN/Money
Stocks Fall as European Economy Contracts – Bloomberg
Obama holds news conference, unveils housing plan – AP
As an Adviser, Goldman Guaranteed Its Payday – DealBook
Greece bubbles towards a third bailout, boiling point – Telegraph
How all CDS are at risk of not paying out – Salmon, Reuters
Credit Default Swap Fraud Exposed/Confirmed – Implode-O-Meter
IBM’s Watson Gets Wall Street Job After ‘Jeopardy’ Win – Bloomberg
Fed Study of Student Debt Outlines a Growing Burden – NY Times
How College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam – American Dream
Dozens arrested protesting education cuts at California – Reuters
Wall St. Bonus Withdrawal Means Trading Aspen for Cheap Chex – Bloomberg
4 big myths about Wall Street bonuses – MarketWatch

MARKETS/INVESTING
Oil slides to $106 on global growth concerns – AP
Gold falls below $1,690/oz as euro slides – Reuters
Insiders as bearish now as last April – MarketWatch
Buy-and-Hold Can Not Die – The Aleph Blog
‘Peak Oil’ is back with a vengeance – Today Online
Billionaires Buy Petrol Ships as Cargoes Expand – Bloomberg
A volatile ride ahead to far higher gold prices – Mineweb
Sentiment hit hard by gold sell-off – could be more to come – Mineweb
Hong Kong gold exports to Mainland China dips in January – BullionStreet
Mining market funk to wane as PDAC engenders optimism – Mineweb

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1 – off the charts
AP survey: More optimism about US jobs and economy – AP
How Does Anybody Make a Living These Days? – LewRockwell.com
In China, Sobering Signs of Slower Growth – NY Times
Goldman Secret Greece Loan Reveals Sinners – Bloomberg
How the IMF reasserted its power in Greece’s debt crisis – Washington Post
Spain tries to head off deficit rebellion in regions – Reuters
Overall Decline in Shadow Inventory Masks Big Regional Differences – S&P
Home price declines resilient against REO saturation: Clear Capital – Clear Capital
Fed’s Fisher “Perplexed” By Wall Street “Fetish” With QE3 – Zero Hedge
Richard Fisher: QE3 would be like ‘medical malpractice’ – CNN/Money
Seventeen Years of Boom and Bust – Mises
Fed Up with the Fed – Ron Paul