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What to watch for today
European finance ministers meet, with plenty to fret about. On the agenda for the Brussels talks today are austerity measures, a Cypriot bailout, and, well, what to do about Italy?
Kenyans vote in an historic election. The last national election in 2007 spurred ethnic violence across the country. This time around, poll monitors and new vote-counting technology are being touted as safeguards against violence.
American austerity measures set in. Spending cuts, a.k.a. the sequester, kicked in Friday amid political gridlock. Today, American lawmakers face the $85 billion in cuts, which will hit most areas of the federal government aside from entitlement spending.
Interest rates are set to fall further. Central banks in Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan all make announcements this week that are expected to augur even easier monetary policy.
Turkey and Romania report on inflation. Both nations are expected to post higher figures, based on January forecasts. The Turkish central bank responded in February by reducing borrowing and lending rates. In Romania, however, the central bank opted to keep interest rates unchanged, arguing the inflation was limited to energy and food prices.
Over the weekend
Bomb blasts in Karachi killed 45. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions, which went off in a largely Shia-dominated part of the city—the third attack on Pakistan’s minority community in as many months.
In Europe, bankers may lose top dollar privileges. On the heels of a Swiss decision to limit corporate wages, the EU proposed capping banker bonuses at twice their salary.
Warren Buffett remained optimistic. In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, the Oracle of Omaha said he’s not backing off large-scale investments, even after his $28 billion purchase of Heinz. The letter also included a slew of words that Buffett had never used in previous missives; check them out in our interactive version of the shareholder letter.
Safe landing for SpaceX. A privately owned supply capsule successfully arrived at the International Space Station after a rocky start.
A victory for the opposition in Thailand. Sukhumbhand Paribatra was re-elected governor of Bangkok in a crucial show of support for the Democrat Party. The Puea Thai Party, which controls the national government, had hoped to solidify its power with a win in the capital.
Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized. Britain’s 86-year-old monarch was admitted to a London hospital to be treated for a severe stomach flu.
Quartz obsession interlude
Claudia Bracholdt on Germany versus Google. “Last week, members of parliament asked five German publishers (German) whether they’re in need of government funding. No, said the five publishers in unison. But we do need you to make a law to get money from search engines like Google, or rather just Google, which has a 96% market share in Germany (German). Publishers have accused Google of making money off of their content, which they are especially sensitive to since they haven’t yet figured out how to be profitable online.” Read more here.
Matters of debate
Why women can’t have it all: the same reason there were cliques in high school.
But why is the rum gone? A look into India’s drunkest state.
Vote young: why aging leaders might be bad for the world.
Seeing the future better. We might be able to make better predictions about complex connections.
Dennis Rodman to Barack Obama: give Kim Jong-Un a call.
Eurozone jitters aren’t bad for everyone.
Downton Abbey has a lot to teach us about personal finance.
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