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Mar 18, 2014

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RT News March 18, 2014: Keiser Report: Mortgage Slaves.

FTC | Competition Matters March 18, 2014:The PNO is Moving!

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By Premerger Notification Office Staff

On April 28, the PNO will move to its new offices on the fifth floor of Constitution Center, located at the corner of 7th and D Streets SW above the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. We hope to make this a seamless transition with no interruption in our ability to receive filings. We will continue to accept filings at the current location in the FTC HQ office on the third floor up until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and reopen on the fifth floor of the Constitution Center at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28.
Of course, moving from our home of over 30 years will bring some changes. For instance, in anticipation of our move and starting immediately, the PNO asks that all parties submitting HSR filings use only letter-sized redwelds and folders. Due to storage space limitations at the new building, please do not use legal-sized redwelds or legal-sized file folders with your filing submission.
There also will be new security measures for all visitors at Constitution Center, so stay tuned for additional instructions on how to deliver filings at our new location. We’ll be providing updates in this blog and on thePremerger Office webpage as moving day gets closer.
Two things that won’t change: We’re taking our office phone numbers and e-mail addresses with us when we move, and, as always, PNO staff will be available any day to answer questions about HSR filing requirements.

Bloomberg | The Market Now March 18, 2014.

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THE MARKET NOW
The news that drives the U.S. and global markets.
March 18, 2014For more, visit Bloomberg.com/markets >>
Yes, You Need to Be Rich to Buy a Bentley. In China, Extra Rich.
by Mark Gimein
Volkswagen AG expects it'll sell more Bentleys in China next year, thanks to a refresh of its Silver Spur starter model. The affordable Silver Spur V8 sells in China for the very affordable price of ...

... 3.94 million yuan, or $640,000.

Yes, you read that right. Bloomberg's Alexandra Ho dug up that number, via Autohome Inc. If you're wondering how much a Silver Spur costs in the U.S. or Europe, it's less. Much, much less. Motor Trend lists the starting price in the U.S. at $200,500 . Taxes account for part of the difference: There's a 17 percent value-added tax, a 25 percent levy on auto import and an additional 40 percent tax on cars with the biggest engines (even a starter Bentley easily qualifies for that).

Even with 82 percent in taxes over the base price, we're still far from that $640,000 price tag. Tesla Motors Inc. -- who else? -- has made an issue of how cars are priced in China and emphasized that with a $121,000 price tag it earns no more from selling cars in China than it would in the United States. Volkswagen can blow off the trash-talk from Tesla. A bigger concern for the makers of Bentley and other luxury cars: accusations of price gouging from China's state TV , which has been carving out a niche as a consumer watchdog, at least when it comes to foreign products.

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On top of that, China's anti-corruption campaign has been taking a toll on luxury car sales. Many high-end cars have been hit by new rules that ban military license plates (an only-in-China kind of perk) on luxury cars -- though that's probably less of an issue for Bentley than for BMW.

The Market Now has no good explanation for how luxury car prices in China could be so high. Bentley wasn't able to comment immediately; I'll update this post if the company's PR folks can provide more insight. It's conceivable that some of the buyers are not paying for luxury cars out of their own pockets. It's also possible that with taxes already limiting the market to the ultra-rich, it makes sense to up the price and make more on each car sold.

Either way, it's likely that over the long run the big price gap isn't going to be sustained, since Chinese buyers know how much the same cars cost abroad. There's status in having a fancy hood ornament on your car, but there's no status in having everyone know that you overpaid.
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West Condemns Russia, Plans to Expand Sanctions, as Putin Promises Not to Further Split UkraineWestern leaders condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's push to annex Crimea and promised further sanctions as early as this week, ratcheting up pressure in the biggest diplomatic crisis since the Cold War. Read the full storyputin-flags
High-Speed Trading Faces New York ProbeNew York's top law enforcer has opened a broad investigation into whether U.S. stock exchanges and alternative venues provide high-frequency traders with improper advantages.Read the full storyschneiderman
BlackRock Says Bears Blundering by Exiting Emerging MarketsBlackRock Inc. (BLK)'s Sam Vecht says investors are following the herd in selling emerging markets to invest in the most-developed economies, a strategy that has historically yielded "underwhelming" results. Read the full storyblackrock
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How Worried Should We Be About China's Slowdown?
Francisco Sanchez, former Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade, discusses the state of China's economy with Trish Regan and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." Watch the video>>
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NYT | Asian Morning Today's Headlines March 19, 2014.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Top News
People watched President Vladimir V. Putin's speech before Russian leaders on a screen in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Defying West, Putin Formally Claims Crimea for Russia

By STEVEN LEE MYERS, ELLEN BARRY and ALAN COWELL

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said he was reversing what he described as a historical mistake, declaring, "Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of people."
. Video  Video: Putin Justifies Moves in Crimea
Waiting for a bus in Atotsi village, near the border which Russia has reinforced with a fence.
If History Is a Guide, Crimea's Enthusiasm Might Not Last

By OLESYA VARTANYAN and ELLEN BARRY

South Ossetia had high hopes when Russia took control of the enclave from Georgia in 2008, but its economy is stagnant and corruption is rife.
In Poland, Biden Promises Allies Protection

By MARK LANDLER

In meetings with the leaders of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. aims to shore up the NATO alliance.
For more top news, go to INYT.com
Editors' Picks

FASHION & STYLE

Video VIDEO: Intersection: Delhi's Indo-Western Style
Hauz Khas Village is where monuments dating to the 13th century meet fashion boutiques. In this happening neighborhood in New Delhi, Indians embrace a mix of traditional and Western styles.
Bina Shah

OPINION | OP-ED | BINA SHAH

Pakistan's Culture Wars

By BINA SHAH

A literature festival reflects the battle for Pakistanis' hearts and minds.
World
People stood in line outside a bank in Simferopol on Tuesday. Banks have been imposing severe restrictions on withdrawals.
Tourism Dollars Dry Up, Alongside Crimea's Bank Funds

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

A continuing lack of visitors is a chilling prospect in a place beloved as a vacation playground since czarist times.
Pro-Russia protesters in Kharkiv, Ukraine, tried briefly on Sunday to push their way into the regional administration building.
In Eastern Ukraine, the Curtain Goes Up, and the Clash Begins

By C. J. CHIVERS and ANDREW ROTH

As pro-Russian demonstrators and the police gathered for a standoff, the future remained uncertain for a region with deep ties to Russia but also many citizens who identify as Ukrainian.
The New York Stock Exchange on Monday, as top indexes rose in the United States and Europe.
Markets Worldwide Brush Off Crimea Vote

By DAVID JOLLY

The Euro Stoxx 50 index in Europe rose 1.5 percent, while the FTSE 100 index in London gained 0.6 percent, and Russia's currency backed off record lows and was trading at 36.27 rubles to the dollar.
. Lawmakers in Crimea Move Swiftly to Split From Ukraine
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World
Business
G.M.'s Chief Learned in December of Cobalt Problems

By BILL VLASIC

An internal inquiry about a safety defect was underway more than a month before the automaker issued a recall.
. Something Went 'Very Wrong' at G.M., Chief Says
Janet L. Yellen, the Fed chairwoman, will lead her first meeting of the Fed's policy-making committee on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yellen's Fed Will Sail Into Murkier Waters

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Observers say Janet L. Yellen is taking over the Federal Reserve as the relatively clear decisions of the financial crisis must give way to more complex ones.
Developer's Collapse Adds to China Concerns

By NEIL GOUGH

Weak housing prices for February add to the debate over the country's commitment to economic reforms.
. Video  CNBC Video: A Company's Looming Default
For more business news, go to INYT.com/Business
Technology
The LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android phones and will display relevant information when prompted by a voice command.

BITS BLOG

Google Introduces an Android for Smart Watches

By BRIAN X. CHEN

The smart watch, manufactured by LG Electronics, is indicative of Google's continued interest in hardware, despite its spotty track record with physical products.
Nuzzel feeds are generally public, and you don't need an account to view them, including the feed of Jonathan Abrams, the company's founder.

BITS BLOG

Nuzzel Finds the Top Stories in Your Personal Twitterverse

By VINDU GOEL

Your friends may have a good idea of what you want to read. A start-up is leaning on them to help cull through your Twitter feed.
In China, France, Germany, Britain and Australia, Apple will offer a version of the iPhone 5C with 8 gigabytes of storage. The price will vary depending on the country.

BITS BLOG

Apple to Offer Cheaper iPhone 5C in Several Markets

By BRIAN X. CHEN

The colorful plastic iPhone hasn't been as big a hit as the high-end iPhone 5S. So to lure more customers, Apple is introducing another model in a few markets, including China.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Tech
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Sports
Phil Jackson, right, began talking with the Knicks owner, James L. Dolan, left, about taking on a role with the team as far back as December.
With Dolan at His Side, Phil Jackson Takes Over Knicks

By SCOTT CACCIOLA

At a news conference on Tuesday to introduce Phil Jackson as the new team president, the owner, James L. Dolan, said he was "willingly and gratefully" ceding control of the team.
. Video  Video: Jackson on New Role With Knicks
. Triangle Offense Has Its Defenders and Skeptics | Graphic  Graphic
Phil Jackson, 68, has agreed to head the front office of a team that needs help.
A Culture Change Is Coming to the Garden

By SCOTT CACCIOLA

After a 36-year absence, Phil Jackson is set to return to the Knicks, and the list of challenges awaiting him is long.
. Video  Video: Jackson, by the Numbers
For more sports news, go to INYT.com/Sports
U.S. News
More than a dozen members of the group, Moral Monday Georgia, were arrested at the Capitol Building in Atlanta on Tuesday. 
Protest Targets Georgia Senate Session on Bill to Block Medicaid Expansion

By HERBERT BUCHSBAUM

More than a dozen members of Moral Monday Georgia, a liberal activist group that has held weekly protests at the Capitol since January, were arrested.
Emergency responders at the scene of a helicopter crash outside the KOMO-TV studios near the Space Needle in Seattle on Tuesday.

THE LEDE

TV News Helicopter Crashes in Seattle, Killing at Least Two

By JENNIFER PRESTON

A television news helicopter crashed near the Space Needle in Seattle, killing at least two people and setting three cars on fire on the ground.
. Video  Video: Scenes From a Helicopter Crash
Bruce Rauner, a private equity manager who has spent $6 million of his own money on the race, cast his ballot in Winnetka, Ill., on Tuesday. 
Illinois Primaries for Governor to Set Up Vital Race in November

By MONICA DAVEY

Four Republicans are vying to run against Gov. Pat Quinn, who is expected to win his contest and whom the G.O.P. sees as vulnerable.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US
Opinion

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Out of Control

By GREGG EASTERBROOK

Why can pilots still shut off transponders?

TODAY'S EDITORIALS

A Broken Military Justice System

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

A high-profile sexual assault case shows, once again, the urgent need for reform.
. The Gun Lobby's Latest Bizarre Crusade
David Brooks

OP-ED COLUMNIST

How Cities Change

By DAVID BROOKS

The Newark mayoral race exemplifies the conflict in many American cities between those who are part of the political structure and those who want to change it.
. Columnist Page
For more opinion, go to INYT.com/Opinion