Due to the vagaries of travel, a very abbreviated linkfest this Friday.

Price signals work. Forecast corn plantings at post-WII record levels. (via WSJ.com)

Lee Kranefuss, the chief executive of Barclays Global Investors iShares, talks with Barrons.com.

Getting into the hedge fund business has gotten harder (and more expensive). (via FT Alphaville)

All About Alpha on capacity constraints in 130/30 strategies.

Longevity risk is becoming a hot topic for insurance firms. (via WSJ.com)

Accrued Interest has more on municipal housing agency borrowing to help support subprime borrowers.

Shipping rates, as measured by the Baltic Dry Freight Index, have jumped recently. (via Ticker Sense)

Jim Rogers still likes commodities. (via FT Alphaville)

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed has three noteworthy principles for blogs and business.

Is there a twelve-month cycle for stock returns? (via CXO Advisory Group)

Is it inevitable given a Tribune (TRB) deal, that the Chicago Cubs will be sold? (via breakingviews.com)

In honor of Opening Day, some interesting baseball stats from the Christian Science Monitor.

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