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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Great Recession Roundup — April 2, 2009

Items of Interest:

New York Times:
Brown Details G-20 Pact on Stimulus and Banking Rules — LONDON — Attempting to bridge deep divides in policy and financial philosophy, the leaders of nearly two dozen of the world's largest economies agreed Thursday to a broad array of new fiscal and regulatory steps, in a desperate effort to revive the paralyzed global economy....

discussion:
Wall Street Journal: Obama Hits Resistance at G-20
Jane Wardell / Associated Press: G-20 to give $1 trillion to IMF, World Bank
John Lorinc / Green Inc.: Environment on the Agenda at G-20 Meeting
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post: U.S. Signals New Era for Global Economy
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian: G20 summit: live from the ExCel centre
Joshua Keating / FP Passport: Tax havens? Seriously?
Anatole Kaletsky / Times of London:
Two and a Half Cheers for G20 Triumph -- Forget the stage-managed rows, walkouts and last-minute reconciliations, today's G20 summit will end in agreement, amity and mutual congratulation. The summit's success is preordained in two and a half ways...

BBC:
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Prof. Joseph Stiglitz - Op-Ed Contributor / NY Times:
Obama’s Ersatz Capitalism -- THE Obama administration’s $500 billion or more proposal to deal with America’s ailing banks has been described by some in the financial markets as a win-win-win proposal. Actually, it is a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win — and taxpayers lose.

Treasury hopes to get us out of the mess by replicating the flawed system that the private sector used to bring the world crashing down, with a proposal marked by overleveraging in the public sector, excessive complexity, poor incentives and a lack of transparency...
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CNNMoney.com:
Funeral cost-cutting boosts cremations -- Industry insiders say people are opting for simpler services to bring down overall death expenses.

The recession is not only forcing people to cut back on their living expenses -- but on their dying expenses too.

Industry insiders say more people are economizing on funerals by cutting back on elements such as limousines, wakes and embalming - and opting for cremations rather than burials...
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Calculated Risk

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

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Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia