from Global Investing:

Weekly Radar: From fiscal cliff to fiscal tiff…

January 3, 2013

The new year starts with a markets 'whoosh', thanks to some form of detente in DC -- though this one was already motoring in 2012. The New Year’s Eve rally was the biggest final day gain in the S&P500 since 1974, for what it's worth.  And for investment almanac obsessives, Wednesday's 2%+ gains are a good start to so-called “five-day-rule”, where net gains in the S&P500 over the first five trading days of the year have led to a positive year for equity year overall on 87 percent of 62 years since 1950.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures, March 27, 2011

March 28, 2011

Japan continues to dominate the file from Asia with new photograhers rotating in to cover the twists and turns of this complex and tragic  story.  In a country were the nation rarely buries its dead, the site of mass graves is quite a shocking scene to behold. Holes the length of football pitches are dug in the ground with mechanical digggers and divided into individual plots by the military and are then filled with the coffins of the victims of the tsunami. Family members come to weep and pray over the graves. Some are namless and marked only with DNA details, others bear the names of the victims. There is not enough power or fuel to cremate the thousands of bodies that are being recovered from the disaster zone. 

from Afghan Journal:

Happy New Year Mr President

March 22, 2011

AFGHANISTANU.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the Persian New Year (1390, which started on Monday) with a video message, as he has done every year of his presidency.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – New Year state of mind

January 4, 2011

New Year often means out with the old and in with the new.

On Capitol Hill, the new 112th Congress will start its 2-year run that will end after the 2012 presidential election. (For numerologists -- that's an awful lot of 2s).

from Entrepreneurial:

SMBs make hopeful New Year’s resolutions

By Guest Contributor
December 31, 2010

-- Lisa Barone is a contributor for Small Business Trends. This article originally appeared here. --

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Life in the presidential fast lane…

January 2, 2010

Blog Guy, I read that President Barack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii. But I guess if you're the President, you're still busy all the time. I mean, the pressure, the demands. What did he do yesterday, for example?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Happy New Year from Nicole Kidman and me!

January 1, 2010

Wow, Blog Guy, another year down the toilet. And what a goofy year it was.

I'll say!  I was talking about that with my blog staff at our holiday party, which as you can see was quite a glamorous affair...

from The Great Debate:

Welcome to the Teenies, sorry about those returns

December 29, 2009

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-James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

As we say goodbye to a decade so abysmal it never even earned a nickname, it is time to take bets on how the coming 10 years will shape up in economics and financial markets.

from Ask...:

Out with the old year, in with the new

December 30, 2008

Despite the incessant drumbeat of poor economic data -- consumer confidence fell to a record low in December and the price of single-family homes plunged in October -- the majority of Americans are optimistic about what is in store in 2009.

from The Great Debate:

Out with the old year, in with the new

December 30, 2008

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Despite the incessant drumbeat of poor economic data -- consumer confidence fell to a record low in December and the price of single-family homes plunged in October -- the majority of Americans are optimistic about what is in store in 2009.