The VIX edges below 20.  (VIX and More)

The US Bloomberg Financial Conditions Index is in positive territory for the first time in over two years.  (Carpe Diem)

Seasonality is positive.  (Quantifiable Edges)

How Newton’s First Law applies to big momentum moves like we have seen this year.  (Kid Dynamite)

Ten thoughts (or so) on the past decade in equities.  (Abnormal Returns)

Implications of the forward Treasury curve.  (Aleph Blog)

Why David Tepper will not become the next John Paulson.  (Clusterstock)

AAA-rated securities are an endangered species.  (Breakingviews)

Translating observations from behavioral finance into action is tougher than it looks.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Funny predictions for 2010.  (Daily Options Report, The Reformed Broker)

The rise in Treasury yields is impacting home mortgage rates.  (Money & Co.)

Why banks aren’t lending and the payoff from bank lobbying.  (Big Picture, ibid)

Why should we trust the government with new financial regulations when they proven they can’t enforce the one currently in effect.  (Atlantic Business)

David Altig, “How can we be sure that the “new [financial regulatory] system” will be an improvement on the one it replaces?”  (macroblog)

Deferred compensation for banking executives is going to affect state-level tax receipts.  (Atlantic Business)

On the growing gap between new and existing home sales.  (Calculated Risk, Atlantic Business)

Strategic defaults are okay for the big guys, why not for middle America?  (Slate)

This recovery sucks.  (Dealbreaker)

Is healthcare reform a “game changer” for healthcare stocks?  (FiveThirtyEight also Ezra Klein)

Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders are not covering themselves in glory. (Reuters)

Why are we surprised when the Blackberry network goes down?  (Infectious Greed)

We need an “exit strategy” from the “uncertainty” surrounding the “unprecedented” “historical opportunity” created by the “green shoots” of the “new normal.”  (Bloomberg)

Bess Levin, insurgent.  (NY Observer)

Science, done correctly, should be boring.  (NewScientist)

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