The Bartiromo-Bernanke story can be described as a kerfuffle. (Other writers have (thankfully) plumbed the depths of this story. Barry Ritholtz has collected a number of pieces on the subject. James Hamilton thinks the entire affair simply means the Fed will act depending on incoming data, nothing more or less. Mark Thoma believes the entire affair belies the fact that the Fed has not done a good job of conveying their position to the public.

DealBook highlights some cautious commentary on the public offering by private equity giant KKR in the Amsterdam market.

Bill Sjostrom at Truth on the Market suspects KKR did the deal overseas to avoid some of the additional disclosures required by Sarbanes-Oxley.

Going Private looks at the Burger King S-1, i.e. IPO prospectus, so you don't have to.

Liz Moyer at notes the effect of a dearth of opportunities on distressed debt hedge funds.

According to Svea Herbst-Bayliss at those very hedge funds are looking to diversify their prime broker relationships.

Jay Walker at the Confused Capitalist examines the value of diversifying into Canada and finds that premise dependent in part on the commodity cycle.

Philip Thornton at the Independent looks at just how bubble-like the move in commodities has been to date.

There are a number of new items too numerous to mention individually from the Journal of Indexes over

Haywood Kelly at reviews an academic study on the effect of "peer influence" and how that makes chasing the market's most popular stocks a sucker's bet.

In honor of the upcoming shareholder meeting/tent revival known as the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, has screened for a list of stocks Warren Buffett might have on his radar screen.

DealBook notes the latest turn in the Nasdaq-LSE takeover tango. points to an interview with finance giant/pioneer Jack Treynor.

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