The weekly Ticker Sense Blogger Sentiment Poll is up and there is a slight reduction in bearishness accompanied by a tick up in bullishness.

Wanfeng Zhou at reports on the explosion in foreign currency trading opportunities (and risks) for individual traders. The FX market is no place for the unprepared.

James Picerno at the Capital Spectator looks at the prospects for a “soft landing” for the economy.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture wonders whether today’s bond market vigilantes are being all that vigilant.

Menzie Chinn at Econbrowser takes a look at the inverted state of the yield curve and what that means for the prospects of a recession.

Ann Davis and Bhushan Bahree in the Wall Street Journal examine the uncertain state of the oil market.

Gregg Greenberg at interviews a prominent natural resources mutual fund manager.

Mark Morrison at looks at the contrarian case for $50 oil.

DealBook points to a skeptical piece by James Surowiecki in the New Yorker on the rise of the management-led buyout or MBO.

As far as we are concerned it is way too early to start thinking about presidential elections, but Greg Mankiw is already looking at the numbers.

Daniel Gross looks (skeptically) at how one large newsweekly intends on turning things around.

Normally we don’t point to blatant linkbait, but when Robert Young at GigaOm links and Apple Computer (APPL) how can you resist?

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