Weekly Roundup: Winter Drought, Dodd-Frank Rules and The Debt Ceiling

Economic reports and what happens (or doesn’t happen) in Washington continues to play a big role in the behavior of financial markets, while drought conditions continue to affect U.S. agriculture even though we’re three months from growing season for many crops. A little on those, and other stories impacting our markets for your weekend reading:


A GAO report says less than half of Dodd-Frank rules have been finalized. (Reuters)

An argument from two Brookings Institution analysts for a new approach to regulation of derivatives. (Yahoo! Finance)

Treasury volumes rose ahead of the House vote on the debt limit (Bloomberg)

The U.S. is set to become an energy superpower. What are the implications? (The Diplomat)

The lack of rain and snow is causing Mississippi barge traffic to slow. (Bloomberg)

A potential pact with the EU could bring a major boost to India’s economy (The EIU)

$1.7 trillion that American companies have sitting in “foreign” accounts is actually parked in the U.S. (Wall Street Journal)

The median price for a home in the U.S. rose 13.9% in December from the same period a year earlier (Marketwatch)

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