Daily Reading – Monday, June 6, 2011

The Big Picture: ECRI Leading Indicators: Slowing Growth

The usual charts from from ECRI (BusinessCycle.com) shows a deceleration, not outright recession…

The Big Picture: Felix Zulauf: Storm clouds over markets

Felix Zulauf, former head of asset management at UBS, warns that storm clouds are gathering over the markets. He discusses with John Authers, head of Lex, his grim outlook: that Europe faces a double dip, China is slowing, bonds “look awful” and an overheating commodities sector will be hurt badly. He was interviewed at the CFA Institute Annual Conference in Edinburgh.

The Big Picture: Oh, No, Not the End of the World (Again)

I have a new column out in the Washington Post on why the crazies come out after major market and economic crises, titled Oh, No, Not the End of the World (Again). (Which I like better than the online headline “After a recession, the least rational rise (temporarily) to prominence. Ignore them”)

The New York Times: When a Nobel Prize Isn’t Enough

LAST October, I won the Nobel Prize in economics for my work on unemployment and the labor market. But I am unqualified to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve — at least according to the Republican senators who have blocked my nomination. How can this be?

JESSE’S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN: Comex Silver Inventories Reach New Lows As a Forced Resolution Approaches

The real story here is that the silver bullion market for real, available metal is very tight. The Comex needs to find a large supply of silver, unemcumbered and in suitable condition, to satisfy its contracts.

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