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Thursday Morning Links

Putin warns of ‘abyss’ – Reuters
Putin calls Ukraine push-back a ‘crime’, ahead of talks – MarketWatch
US-Russia financial showdown more dangerous than it looks – Telegraph
Is Media Coverage of Ukraine/Syria WORSE than Iraq – Washington’s Blog
The real economy is finally doing better than the money economy – Fortune
Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month – Gawker
Consumer Spending on Health Care Jumps as Obamacare Takes Hold – Bloomberg
How did the government get into an armed standoff with a Nevada rancher? – Vox
Signs of Hope in Detroit’s Historic Bankruptcy Case – Fiscal Times
The End of Our Financial Illusions – Johnson, NY Times
Rogoff talks financial crisis – Yale Daily News
Antitrust in the New Gilded Age – Robert Reich
Helping the Fellow Out – aucontrarian

Stocks flat as traders weigh mixed earnings – MarketWatch
Is the Financial Media Warding Off a Bubble? – Barron’s
Stock Rally: Will Third Time Be A Charm For Dow? – Short Takes
That Pesky Indicator Still Saying U.S. Stocks Are Cheap – Bloomberg
Investors warming up to equities a little late in the game – Investment News
Dovish Sign? Janet Yellen Says Nothing About Asset Bubbles – Businessweek
Treasury Five-Year Notes Near Cheapest Since 2010 on Fed – Bloomberg
Gold steadies as lower dollar offsets China worries – Reuters
Little comfort for gold bulls in latest GFMS report – Mineweb
Gold trades below $1,300 an ounce; Physical buying picks up – BullionStreet
China Gold Demand “Solid, On-going and for the Long Term” – Gold Investing News

Is America giving up? – CNBC
‘Censusgate’ e-mails fail the smell test – NY Post
The Sad State of the Economics Profession – Mises
Japan government cuts econ view after sales tax – Economic Times
China eases monetary policy with reserve cut for rural banks – CNA
Why China Needs to Let More Companies Go Bankrupt – WSJ
U.S. urged to ‘understand’ yuan issue – China Daily
The Cheapest House in Vancouver Sold for $643K – Marginal Revolution
Nearly 2 million homeowners no longer ’seriously’ underwater – CNN/Money
Housing Bubble 2.0 Veers Elegantly Toward Housing Bust 2.0 – Testosterone Pit
Yellen: Fed’s Rate Policy Hinges on 3 ‘Big Questions’ – WSJ
ECB moving closer to unconventional policy – Bloomberg


Wednesday Morning Links

China’s 7.4% growth beats forecast – BBC
China growth dips as property fears rise – Washington Post
As Credit Dries Up, Smaller Companies in China Feel the Pinch – NY Times
Armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine raise Russian flag – MarketWatch
Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks – Reuters
Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler? – Forbes
Ukraine Says Russia Exporting ‘Terror’ Amid Eastern Push – Bloomberg
Rebuttal for Rajan: Bernanke Defends U.S. Policy in Visit to Mumbai – WSJ
It’s Official: America is an Oligarchy and NOT a Democracy – Washington’s Blog
Peterson’s Guide to Financial Blog Commenters – Aleph Blog
How Much Trading Should There Be? – Bloomberg
The problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition – Salmon, Reuters
Get Used to It: The Rich Do Get Richer – Fiscal Times

Stocks close higher as volatility returns – USA Today
Global shares up on China relief, Ukraine strains remain – Reuters
Stumbling S&P 500 Reaches Worst Stretch of Election Cycle – Bloomberg
Some advisers are getting a head start on selling stocks this year – MarketWatch
Bonds shine again as Great Rotation gives way to Asset Reflation – Reuters
Treasuries Fall as Stocks Gain Before Housing, Factory Reports – Bloomberg
Gold steadies above $1,300/oz, supported by Ukraine tensions – Reuters
Mainstream Gold Analysis: Out of Touch, Out of Context and Off the Mark – SCI
Goldman Sachs Is Highly Motivated To Low-Ball The Price Of Gold – SRSrocco Report
SGE Withdrawals Equal Chinese Gold Demand, Part 3 – In Gold We Trust
Year to the day of $200 shocker, another strange gold price plunge – Mining.com
Can gold confound the markets and hit $1,400? – CNBC

Has inflation in the US bottomed out? – Sober Look
Losing Benefits Isn’t Prodding Unemployed Back to Work – FiveThirtyEight
About That “Strong” March Retail Sales “Bounce” – Contra Corner
UK unemployment falls to 6.9 percent – Telegraph
US Treasury declines to name China as currency manipulator – China Daily
What the Heck is Going on With US Treasuries In Belgium? – Testosterone Pit
British house prices increase by 9.1 pct in February – xinhuanet
Housing Market Slow to Hit Its Normal Spring Stride – WSJ
SoCal Home Sales at 6-year Low; Median Price Rises to 6-Year High – Dataquick
Out of Ammo? The Eroding Power of Central Banks – Spiegel
More Rounds of BOJ Easing May Be Needed – WSJ
The IMF is Dead Wrong on Low Interest Rates – Mises


Tuesday Morning Links

Ukraine crackdown gets off to slow start – Reuters
EU and US mull further Russia sanctions – BBC
Obama Warns Putin on Ukraine After Deadly Clashes – Bloomberg
China gold demand to rise, World Gold Council says – BBC
China’s gold market: progress and prospects – World Gold Council
China may have 1,000 tonnes of gold tied in financing – WGC – Reuters
Chinese take-away – WGC study leaves many questions unanswered – Mineweb
World Gold Council Report on China Pressuring Gold – Trader Dan
What Happens When ‘All Assets Have Become Too Expensive?’ – Testosterone Pit
The Consumer as a “Shadow of its Former Self” – House of Debt
CBO Says Obamacare Will Cost Less Than Projected – Fiscal Times
Christopher Whalen: The death of mortgage lending – Housing Wire
On tax day, who wants the rich to pay more? – MarketWatch

Stocks: Caution ahead of earnings – CNN/Money
Fund managers unfazed by tech rout – CNBC
Where’s the Golden Age for Investors? – Bloomberg
Stock rebound could hinge on ‘Turnaround Tuesday’ – USA Today
Nasdaq Composite Gains — But Not Without a ’3′-Handle – Barron’s
Capturing on Canvas the Downfall of Wall Street’s Criminals – NY Times
Value Is the New Momentum, in Three Charts – WSJ
Gold slides as strong dollar, U.S. retail sales weigh – MarketWatch
There will be gold – WGC reports on China’s precious decade – Mineweb
Goldman: No reason to change prediction of 20% drop in gold price – Mining.com
Can gold confound the markets and hit $1,400? – CNBC

Seasonal Adjustment and Springtime Inflation – E-piphany
Another Spring Head-Fake? No Rebound In The Actual Data – Contra Corner
Draghi’s Euro Warning Seen as Cheap Talk by Currency Traders – Businessweek
U.K. Inflation Rate Falls to 1.6%, Lowest in Four Years – Bloomberg
UK macroeconomists see potential for higher growth – voxeu
The Spark That Could Set Fire to China’s Growth Plans – WSJ
China GDP Gauge Seen Showing Deeper Slowdown – Bloomberg
Massive BOJ-Buying Silences JGB Market – WSJ
Detroit to auction vacant homes online. Starting bid: $1,000 – CNN/Money
Reassessing home ownership as the housing market heats up – MarketWatch
Liquidity Risk, Liquidity Management, and Liquidity Policies – NY Fed
The Mystery of the Dots, Part II – mainly macro


Monday Morning Links

Ukraine braces for action – Reuters
Oil prices rise on Ukraine tensions – BBC
Beef prices reach highest level since 1987 – SF Gate
Amid Warnings of Low Inflation, JPMorgan says Prices Set to Rise – WSJ
Ranchers and Empire in the American West – Mises Institute
Farmland REIT debuts IPO as bubble fears deflate – MarketWatch
Margins, Multiples, and the Iron Law of Valuation – Hussman Funds
Notes from the DoubleLine Lunch with Jeffrey Gundlach – Reformed Broker
Financial Advice for People Who Aren’t Rich – NY Times
Tech insiders dumped shares ahead of slide – FT
Don’t Get Dazzled by Glittering Growth – WSJ
Hope Springs Eternal – Alhambra Partners
Financial Stability – Noland, Prudent Bear

Fear, uncertainty and earnings – CNN/Money
Why Stocks Won’t Crash (For Now) – Forbes
Ignore the Market, Watch the Data – Bloomberg
Only Two Things Can Stop The Bull Market – Forbes
Don’t bet on treasury rally to continue – Sober Look
Investors dip a toe back in emerging markets – CNN/Money
Treasury Yields Fall to Six-Week Low Amid Ukraine Tensions – Bloomberg
Gold up as Ukraine tensions saps risk appetite, palladium rises – Reuters
Bank PM analysts: out of touch, out of context, off the mark – Mineweb
Palladium, Gas And Wheat Surge On Russian Supply Fears – GoldCore
Gold Bears Wager Wrong Again as Fed Talk Favors Bulls – Bloomberg

Recovery for Whom? – Krugman, NY Times
How well do economists predict turning points? – Vox
Long-term unemployment: What the U.S. can learn from Sweden – Fortune
Europe’s Sluggish Recovery: A Delusion of Growth – Fiscal Times
Draghi Euro Warning Looms as ECB Debates Policy Measures – Bloomberg
Euro bruised as ECB opens the door for more easing – MarketWatch
There Are Benefits to Being Beholden, China’s Central Banker Says – WSJ
Singapore economy grows 5.1% in Q1 as manufacturing accelerates – CNA
In China, it’s seven times better to be on welfare than to be a pensioner – Quartz
Beijing high-end housing market retreats in Q1 – xinhuanet
Multiple Factors Affecting Housing Market Decline – Epoch Times
Stein: Financial Stability Consistent With Fed’s Dual Mandate – WSJ
Listening to the Canary – Casey Research

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