December was a mixed bag of performance for the major asset classes, mainly because fixed-income was weak.”  (Capital Spectator)

Mark Hulbert, “Basing a trading strategy on the market’s performance over the first five days of January can be dangerous to your wealth.”  (Marketwatch also MarketBeat)

Can the market rally without the financials?  (Bespoke)

Ten blasphemous trade ideas for 2010.  (Clusterstock)

A look back at the VIX and volatility in 2009.  (VIX and More)

Hedge funds turned things around in 2009.  (WSJ, The Deal)

Hedge fund replicators just keep on coming.  (InvestmentNews)

German bonds trade as if it were a safe haven.  Is it really?  (WSJ)

Selling covered calls in 2010.  (Options for Rookies)

A field guide to market bears.  (The Reformed Broker)

Gold wasn’t all that in 2009.  (The Money Game)

Investors:  think for yourself.  (Jeff Matthews)

On the dangers of economic optimism.  (Atlantic Business)

Is Chairman Bernanke in denial on the role of the Fed in the credit crisis?  (WashingtonPost, Big Picture, Baseline Scenario, 24/7 Wall St., Crossing Wall Street)

The lesson of California is that a political system too dysfunctional to avert crisis is also too dysfunctional to respond to it.”  (Ezra Klein)

On the dangers of overestimating self-control or the “restraint bias.”  (The Frontal Cortex)

Google Chrome has edged into third place in browser use.  (The Big Money)

How to get from here to there.  Mapping your goals and the plans to achieve them.  (Kirk Report)

There is a difference between linking and approval.  (Daily Dish)

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