Here are seven (or so) links at 7AM Eastern.  We will see you later with the daily linkfest.  Good luck out there.

Companies are paying out less in dividends. Tax changes will only accelerate this trend.  (World Beta also The Reformed Broker)

Why the gold bugs are often so angry.  (Money Game)

How much is dividend chatter driving Apple’s ($AAPL) valuation?  (CNBC also Bespoke)

News flash:  Wall Street does not like the Volcker Rule.  (Dealbook, Huffington Post, WSJ)

QE3 is coming.  (Calculated Risk also Money Game)


The Bank of Japan does not want to be left out of the QE party.  (Bloomberg)

Moody’s downgrades a big chunk of Europe and puts the UK on notice.  (WSJ, Reuters, FT)

European banks need equity capital:  why won’t they raise it?  (WSJ)

Why rich guys keep some of their money overseas.  (SmartMoney)

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