The demand for yield is blowing new bubbles.  (Clusterstock)

John Meriwether is raising money for yet another hedge fund.  Is the risk culture back?  (Abnormal Returns)

Why do we encourage debt so?  (Atlantic Business)

Jason Zweig, “When people say diversification failed, they’re defining failure in a very strange way. They seem to be saying if, when most assets went down, something didn’t go up, then diversification didn’t work.”  (Morningstar)

Canada, for good reason, has become a target for foreign capital.  (Trader’s Narrative)

What do Apple (AAPL), Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) have in common?  (World Beta)

Pattern seeking run amok.  How we humans (and investors) see patterns were none exist.  (Abnormal Returns)

How to fix bond ETFs.  (IndexUniverse)

Do gold-denominated hedge funds allow you to have your cake and eat it too?  (Felix Salmon)

Updating the statistics on value-glamour returns around the world.  (SSRN)

Given their Madoff-like returns, just how long did The Galleon Group benefit from insider trading?  (The Pragmatic Capitalist)

“Not all traders feeding off of Galleon’s wind down are making wise moves.”  (Dealbreaker)

What you need to know about dark pools of liquidity.  (Clusterstock)

Don’t put too much stock in the ABC Weekly Consumer Comfort Index.  (Bespoke)

Commodity investors are at the mercy of the futures curve.  (Neil Collins)

Is the CFTC trying to kill domestic futures trading?  (Bloomberg)

“If after years of trying to gain its independence the CBOE is folded back into the CME Group, it would make for one nice happy family — Chicago style.”  (Minyanville)

America’s banks resemble a pyramid, and not in a good way.  (Economist)

Given the state of the US dollar foreign central banks are reluctant to raise their rates before the US does.  (The Money Game)

On the prospects of a job-less recovery:  “The percentage of employee separations labeled permanent is at a recorded high.”  (macroblog)

Financial regulation could become THE political issue of 2010.  (FiveThirtyEight)

Americans are driving again.  (Carpe Diem)

Twitter posts will soon be searchable via Bing or Google.  (NYTimes)

Is Twitter a fad or a true democratic platform? (24/7 Wall St., DailyFinance)

Apparently the Bogleheads know something about retirement planning.  (Aleph Blog)

A bull market in hand sanitizer.  (Infectious Greed)

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