Financial news on April 24, 2010

Business and Financial news
A Popular U.S. Export: The $100 Bill

With much fanfare, the government announced a new $100 bill with features aimed at foiling counterfeiters. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

Dow Ends Week Up, Extending Its Streak to 5 Days

Sales of new homes jumped 27 percent in March, a month after hitting record lows, which helped temper concerns about earnings and durable goods. Read more..

By CHRISTINE HAUSER - The New York Times

Euro Drops to One-Year Low on Greek Debt Woes

Recent data suggest that the weak euro has helped keep the Continent's modest recovery afloat. Read more..

By BETTINA WASSENER and DAVID JOLLY - International Herald Tribune

G-20 Split on the Need for a Global Tax on Banks

The G-20 tackled the subject of Greece’s fragile finances and the need to coordinate international financial policies, but sidestepped the bank tax. Read more..

By SEWELL CHAN - The New York Times

Learning How to Fight the Collector

A small but growing number of lawyers and consumers are fighting back against bill collectors and violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Read more..

By ANDREW MARTIN - The New York Times

Pace of Recovery in Britain Slowed by a Cold January

Britain’s gross domestic product gained 0.2 percent in the first quarter, but many economists said the results were distorted. Read more..

By JULIA WERDIGIER - The New York Times

Penny-Pinching Is Fine, but It Won’t Save the Profligate

Cutting small expenses can make consumers feel good, but people who are living far beyond their means need to make major financial changes. Read more..

By ALINA TUGEND - The New York Times

Rating Agency Data Aided Wall Street in Deals

One of the mysteries of the financial crisis is how mortgage investments that turned out to be so bad earned credit ratings that made them look so good. One answer is that Wall Street was given access to the formulas behind those magic ratings. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

S.E.C. Watchdog to Look at Timing of Goldman Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspector general said Friday that he would investigate the timing of the agency’s securities fraud case against Goldman Sachs. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Wide Receiver Welker

What part of Thomas Heilman’s puzzle will be hard for you? Read more..

By PATRICK MERRELL - The New York Times

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