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Weekend Reading Roundup: ‘Sure Looks Good on the Outside’

Posted by Larry Doyle on August 15, 2009 9:33 AM |

“Sure looks good on the outside, but my lips are sealed.”

The things a 15-year old kid remembers. I distinctly recall a number of graduating students at Boston Latin School in the mid- 1970s utilizing this phrase to describe their high school experience.

In so many words, those graduates were saying their Boston Latin School experience was not as it may have appeared.

Could the same be said for some of the games being played in Washington and on Wall Street? In an attempt to ‘unseal the lips and get people talking,’ I submit the following recommended reading.

My lips are most definitely NOT sealed!!

Fair-Value Accounting Is ‘Horror-Flick’ Monster
by Brendan Moynihan and Tom Contiliano

Treasury Bailout’s Limits on Lobbyists Still Haven’t Taken Effect
by Meena Thiruvengadam
Wall Street Journal

Investment Potions: August 2009 Investment Outlook
by Bill Gross

The Confidence Game
by Kenneth Rogoff (Harvard University)
Project Syndicate

Lessons of History Point to Short-Lived Rally
by John Authers
Financial Times



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