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$$$Swelling Bond Yields Add to EU Pressure [WSJ]

$$$ Goodbye Smith Barney [DealBook]

$$$A Marxist take on the European Central Bank [Slack Wire]

$$$ Izzy Kaminska: "If it is true that the system can increasingly provide a base level of existence for ever more people for almost no cost, should we be surprised that those western countries where a base level of existence is adequate — because of weather, surroundings and general environment — are the first to opt out of unnecessary human productivity?" [FTAV]

$$$ Corporate political giving is negatively correlated with market performance for most companies, positively correlated with performance for firms in highly regulated industries [Rice via WonkBlog]

$$$Mitt Romney and "Sport," a Continuing Saga [MoJo]

$$$ CRT Capital Group is looking for a credit product sales assistant in Stamford [DBCC]

$$$SEC Charges 14 Sales Agents In $415 Million Long Island-Based Ponzi Scheme [SEC]

$$$Greek Antiquities, Long Fragile, Are Endangered by Austerity [NYT]

$$$The Volume Clock: Insights into the High Frequency Paradigm [SSRN via MR]

$$$ Someone at ISDA appears to have the job of pointing out when Gretchen Morgenson is wrong about derivatives [ISDA]

$$$ The explosion of the yacht named Blind Date was a hoax [NYP]

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