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January 21, 2013
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  • Rep. Markey says SEC can rein in high-frequency trading
    Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, suggests that because of a 1989 law he co-sponsored, the agency has the ability to slow down, or even stop, high-frequency trading. Markey references a law that gives the SEC power to "limit practices which result in extraordinary levels of volatility." Reuters/MacroScope blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Bond dealers get chance to comment on policy changes
    The U.S. Treasury Department sent a questionnaire last week looking for opinions on "current drivers of supply and demand in the Treasury bill and repo markets," as well as how new regulations are affecting trading. Officials are also seeking to establish whether the new interest-rate swap market is seeing changes because of the new reporting requirements. Bloomberg (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  New York Focus 
  • Schumer relishes key role in Obama's inauguration
    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has his hands full as master of ceremonies and lead event planner for the Capitol Hill portion of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but he is enjoying the fact that the tasks don't involve much conflict. "This is sort of a pleasant diversion because there is very little conflict here. The others are all conflict-oriented," he said. "To make it work right would be very satisfying." The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
  • Study suggests that CEOs with MBAs perform better
    About 40% of S&P 500 CEOs have MBAs, but research suggests that if you look only at the index's 10 worst performers, the MBA rate drops to just 20%. That, Francesca Di Meglio writes, suggests that while raw talent may be enough to carry leaders to the top of their profession, a sound business education can help once they reach the corner office. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On The Economy 
  • WEF must contend with improving but sluggish economy
    More than 2,000 decision-makers worldwide are scheduled to gather this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The annual gathering is taking place amid an improving global economy. "There's a sense of relief that the worst didn't happen ... and I think that relief is probably justified," said Nariman Behravesh, IHS Global Insight's chief economist. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Products 
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
--Abraham Lincoln,
16th U.S. president

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