Barclays Global Investors adds to fixed income ETF universe with a muni bond fund. (via

Diya Gullapalli at on growing price competition in the ETF world.

Matthew Hougan at on the quasi-active nature of the new new Claymore/SWM Canadian Energy Income ETF (ENY).

Jeff D. Opdyke at on the boom in foreign real estate funds.

Random Roger on closed-end funds and a Q&A in with Thomas Herzfeld.

Robert D. Hershey Jr. in the New York Times on how 130/30 funds have caught on with investment managers.

Paul J. Lim in the New York Times on the slope of the yield curve and the current attractions of cash equivalents.

Leslie Wines at on the rising level of risk aversion of high yield investors.

Accrued Interest on the state of AAA-rated CDOs in light of the “sub-prime mess.”

Calculated Risk on the potential damage from deleveraging, not just default.

Some stocks that could be winners in light of the subprime mortgage mess. (via

Twenty rising hedge fund stars. (via FT Alphaville)

“BX is back in the black.” (via DealBook)

Bess Levin at on KKR’s roster of underwriters.

Felix Salmon at Market Movers on the “crazy leverage” in the Hilton Hotels (HLT) buyout.

In light of a bidding war, “It is fun to own stock in the Chicago Board of Trade.” (via Chicago Tribune)

Howard Lindzon on how to make money off of inflation.

Econocator and macroblog with wrap-ups on the “fishy” payroll reports numbers.

Jay Walker at the Confused Capitalist on two worthy newcomers to the financial blogosophere.

strange maps re-visists the fascinating “GDP map of the USA.”

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