Saturday Reads

Today’s most fascinating (non-Lehman) reads are:

• Economists Credit Fed For Alleviating Crisis (WSJ) The $787 billion stimulus package was a good for the U.S. economy, but the Federal Reserve played the biggest role in rescuing the economy from the financial crisis;

US takeover defenses come tumbling down (FT) Only 28% of S&P1,500 companies had a poison pill in place last year, vs 43% the prior 2 years

• For Stocks, 16 Lean Years (Barron’s)

Look who is late to the party: Optimism Arises After Year-Long U.S. Stock Surge: Chart of Day (Bloomberg)

• Siegel vs. Shiller on Bull Market Valuations (WSJ) Guess who is bullish and who is concerned with overvaluation?

• Miguel Barbosa Interviews James Montier on Behavioral Investing (Part I and Part II)

• Treasury hopes new rules send short sales to the rescue of underwater mortgages (Washington Post) With new Treasury Department rules designed to expedite short sales set to take effect April 5, relief can’t come soon enough for some area buyers, sellers and real estate agents who have waded through a long and arduous process to get short sales approved by the bank.

• China’s Property: Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble (Time)

• The Professor Who Chases Financial Bubbles (WSJ) Wall Street firms and governments around the world are looking for the sort of predictive system this prof has.

• Verizon FiOS Buildout Is Dying (Fast New News)

• Color Visualization of one year in Boston (FlickFlow)

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