By Felix Salmon
July 14, 2010

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Pimco launches GDP-weighted sovereign debt indexes: seems like a very good idea to me — Reuters

“For reasons that aren’t clear, almost all adult picky eaters like French fries” — WSJ

SLAPP fail: ML-Implode’s parent company will likely file for bankruptcy in wake of baseless nuisance libel suit — ML-Implode

The $0.99 comments paywall — Guardian

The Lost City List of classic, utterly New York places worthy of your patronage — Lost City

“The average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes” — WSJ

Did speculators cause commodity price spikes? The OECD says no. But David Frenk says their paper is very flawed — Traders Narrative

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Regarding that Pimco article. Wouldn’t an alternative to use the market value of the outstanding bonds rather than the face value outstanding or is it normally done on the basis of market value. For instance, if a country’s bonds are trading at 50 cents on the dollar due to heightened risk aversion, then only 50% of the outstanding value should be used when computing the weights in the index. I’m not sure whether that is done or not.

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