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Jul 11, 2012

MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily: Dividend-paying stocks: Time to be wary

By MarketWatch
Don’t miss these top stories:
When you can’t find a soul who’s contrarian on a particular investment, is it time to run the other way? That’s the question Robert Powell poses in his column today on dividend-paying stocks. Everybody loves the income these stocks throw off, but too many investors are rushing in without fully realizing the risks.
Read Robert’s story today to see why he’s wary, and for a rundown of some dividend-paying stocks that are among those most likely to succeed.
Plus, find out why credit-card rates are rising in a low-rate world, and read why the U.S. trade deficit is stalling the economy.
Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor

Dividend-paying stocks: Time to be wary

Everyone is so crazy bullish on dividend-paying stocks these days, it’s impossible to find a contrarian. That might be a sign of a market top, writes Robert Powell.
Dividend-paying stocks: Time to be wary.

Credit-card rates move higher

Borrowers continue to pay record low interest rates, with one major exception: credit cards.
Credit-card rates move higher.


A hole in the bucket drains the recovery

The economy is still weak because our trade deficit is draining away much of the growth we’ve managed, reports Al Lewis.
A hole in the bucket drains the recovery.

Politics, psychology hurt economy, forecaster says

The economy has its weaknesses, but its main problems are political and psychological, says Jeffrey Rosen, chief economist for and the winner of the MarketWatch Forecaster of the Month Award for June.
Politics, psychology hurt economy, forecaster says.
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NYT Global Update: In Preventing Alzheimer's, Mutation May Aid Drug Quest

Global Update

In Preventing Alzheimer's, Mutation May Aid Drug Quest

The discovery of a rare protective genetic mutation provides strong evidence that the buildup of beta amyloid protein in the brain is a driving force in Alzheimer's disease.
Euro Watch

Spain Plans New Round of Tough Austerity Measures

Struggling to meet agreed financial targets, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reversed course and proposed a rise in the value-added tax.

Rate Scandal Stirs Scramble for Damages

Baltimore has been leading a legal battle against the global banks that determine the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, which serves as a benchmark for global borrowing and is at the center of a scandal.

Video: A Catholic Wedding in Beijing

In China, people are flocking to the city's oldest Catholic church for a sense of community, entertainment, or a wedding ceremony, even if they are not Catholic.

Room for Debate

An Age of Consent for Circumcision?

Should the law delay this procedure until boys can decide for themselves? Or would that infringe on religious liberty for Muslims and Jews?

After Russian Floods, Grief, Rage and Deep Mistrust

Officials acknowledged that they had been aware of a threat to Krymsk the night before deadly flooding, but had not taken measures to rouse its sleeping residents.

Syria's Ambassador to Iraq Reported to Defect

The defection of the diplomat, Nawaf Fares, if confirmed, would make him the second prominent Syrian to abandon President Bashar al-Assad in less than a week.

Suicide Attack on Yemen Police Cadets Kills 10

A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets as they were leaving their academy Wednesday, killing at least 10 of them, according to security officials.

Insurers Pay Big Markups as Doctors Dispense Drugs

Doctors, middlemen and drug distributors are raising the costs for insurance companies, employers and taxpayers.

Fed Minutes Show Disappointment With Growth

Several of the Federal Reserve's policy makers said at a June meeting that they were prepared to take new steps if conditions worsened.

More Officials to Testify as Diamond Defends His Actions

Top executives from the Financial Services Authority and Jerry del Missier, a senior Barclays official who resigned, are to testify on Monday.

NBC and Facebook to Announce Olympics Partnership

Viewers of NBC's coverage will be encouraged to talk about the Games on Facebook, and Facebook users will be reminded to watch the coverage on NBC.
Bits Blog

Google and F.T.C. Set to Settle Browser Privacy Charge

Google and the Federal Trade Commission are near a $22.5 million settlement over charges that Google used a loophole in Apple's Safari browser to show users personalized ads.

Bill to Restrict Web Content Is Assailed in Russia

Major Internet sites and human rights advocates sharply criticized a proposed law that would grant the Russian government broad new powers to restrict Web content.

It Pays to Be a Wanted Coach in Soccer

Russia was reported to be hot on the heels of Roberto Mancini, and he turned that interest into a lucrative new deal to stay as coach at Manchester City.
On Tennis

A Champion With Great Feeling

The day after winning his seventh Wimbledon singles title, Roger Federer empathized with the player he defeated, Andy Murray.

A Soccer Prodigy, at Home in Brazil

Neymar, a target of European teams since he was 14, has stayed home and become the face (and future) of his sport's South American mecca.

Philadelphia Seeks Balance as It Limits Stop-and-Frisk

After agreeing to ensure that police stops were conducted legally, Philadelphia officials say aggressive crime fighting is accompanied by a respect for civil rights.

House Votes (Again) to Repeal Health Care Overhaul

Debate in the House exposed the depth of passion over efforts to remake the health care system and suggested the fight would continue regardless of who wins the elections in November.

San Bernardino Council Votes to File Bankruptcy

The city, which will become the third in the state to file bankruptcy this year, is facing a budget shortfall of $45 million and fears that it will not be able to cover payroll through the summer.
Op-Ed Contributor

Supporting Stability, Abetting Repression

Ethiopia is the darling of Western donors, but its stability comes at a heavy cost in human rights.

Wrong Time for New Settlements

Israel should not follow the disastrous recommendations of a government-appointed commission, including approving scores of new Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Op-Ed Contributor

On the Road Again

I will always love a road trip through the American South. What could be more fun than tooling through a pastiche of America?

NYT | Afternoon edition | Selected Business News

Fed Minutes Show Disappointment With Growth

Marvin S. Traub, Who Made Bloomingdale’s a Home of Style, Dies at 87
Judge Set to Rule on Tribune Bankruptcy Plan
With Gov't Support, Small Businesses Buy Offices

CBS NEWS | Political Hotsheet Top Stories: House passes health care repeal, again.

The CBS News Political Hotsheet newsletter


The repeal will go nowhere in the Senate; sets up talking points for election season
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House passes health care repeal, again

Deportation fears subside for young Hispanics Maryland teenager sets his sights on medical school, no longer living in fear

Romney booed at NAACP In speech at NAACP, Romney's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act is met with prolonged boos

Pelosi grooves to classic rock at Frank's wedding The House Minority Leader danced to favorites such as "Sharp-Dressed Man" and "It's Raining Men"

Green Party candidate reveals running mate The Green Party holds its convention this week to officially nominate its presidential ticket

Stocks and markets in the News | Wall Street at Close: U.S. stock indexes extend losing run, MarketWatch

By Kate Gibson

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 extending its longest down streak since May 18, after the Federal Reserve failed to offer a more decisive signal of further stimulus. "All monetary policy is Band-Aids while the patient gets sicker and sicker," said Gary Flam, portfolio manager at Bel Air Investment Advisors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA -0.38% declined 48.59 points, or 0.4%, to 12,604.53. The S&P 500 SPX -0.0015% edged fractionally lower to 1,341.45. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 ended in the red for a fifth session. Off for a fourth session, the Nasdaq Composite COMP -0.49% slid 14.35 points, or 0.5%, to 2,887.98.

DealBooK | DealB%K Afternoon Edition: Uncertainty Looms Over Annual Sun Valley Gathering

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Uncertainty Looms Over Annual Sun Valley Gathering After a year of mixed initial public offerings and ongoing disruptions in the media industry, a cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the annual Allen & Company gathering where media moguls, technology titans and deal makers mingle.
Amid the Moguls, Apple's Cook Stands Out At Allen & Company's so-called summer camp for moguls, Timothy D. Cook's presence was noticed, particularly as Steve Jobs had usually been a no-show.
    Groupon Shares Hit New Low in Latest Plunge Shares in Groupon touched new lows on Wednesday, plummeting more than 5.5 percent and again raising questions about the viability of the daily deals site.
    Wall Streeters Trade Pinstripes for Chords at Mercury Lounge Wall Street Rocks, a fund-raiser for military veterans and their families, exposed a wild side of Wall Street -- one that won't draw the ire of regulators.
    More Officials to Testify as Diamond Defends His Actions Top executives from the Financial Services Authority and Jerry del Missier, a senior Barclays official who resigned, are to testify on Monday.
    Economic Reports Data released on Thursday will include weekly jobless claims and import prices for June.
    Corporate Earnings Companies scheduled to report results on Friday include JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
    Overseas China will report second-quarter gross domestic product on Friday.
    DealBook Video
    Business Day Live: Manchester United's I.P.O.
    Business Day Live: Manchester United's I.P.O. The scramble for restitution in the Libor scandal. | Research in Motion promises to become lean and mean. Do analysts believe it? | Why Manchester United wants to list on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Economist | New Selected Articles: Floods in Russia, hedge funds underwater and a strange library

Eastern approaches: Fatal floods
Floods in Russia kill 170. The response to them reveals interesting things about Vladimir Putin's Russia
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Buttonwood: Mastered by the universe
It is turning into another difficult year for hedge funds
read more »
Babbage: Biblio-tech
Take a tour of the library that stores strange materials, from aluminium foam to translucent concrete
read more »
Democracy in America: America and Spain
How do you say "libertad económica" in English?
read more »
Game theory: Skidding around
Why Formula One racing has not caught on in America
read more »
Daily chart: Rich and infamous
Which countries think that the rich deserve their fortune?
read more »
Online debate: Euro debt
Are joint bonds a salve or a free ride for the euro zone's debt ridden?
read more »

BIV Today's Business News | Politics and Policy: B.C. government IT controls still too lax: AG

Mining and Energy oil spill water

Enbridge blasted for U.S. oil spill response

A U.S. watchdog has blasted Northern Gateway pipeline proponent Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) for "pervasive organizational failures" behind a 2010 pipeline rupture and spill in Michigan.

Politics and Policy


B.C. government IT controls still too lax: AG

The B.C. government’s protection of public and private information is still inadequate, despite being told to fix information technology (IT) security problems every year for the last five years, says B.C.’s auditor general.

Tla’amin Nation votes “yes” to treaty

Just weeks after a blockade halted the Tla’amin Nation from voting on a treaty with the B.C. government, the First Nation has voted “yes” to the treaty.

Canaccord founder Peter Brown warns against right-wing B.C. election fracture

Prominent Vancouver businessman Peter Brown sent a dire warning to the B.C. Conservative Party that a lack of centre-right unity is akin to support for the New Democratic Party and will put the province's economy in grave jeopardy.



Bike rental shops seek protection against subsidized bikeshare

An attempt by Vancouver city councillor George Affleck to protect downtown bike rental shops against a subsidized bike share program got deflated Tuesday.



Tembec to idle Chetwynd pulp mill

Montreal-based Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) will idle its Chetwynd, B.C., pulp indefinitely as of September 16, the company has announced.