Frontrunning: December 17
- Fed’s $4 Trillion Assets Draw Lawmaker Ire Amid Bubble Concern (BBG)
- Ex-Goldmanite Fab Tourre fined more than $1 million (WSJ)
- EU Banks Shrink Assets by $1.1 Trillion as Capital Ratios Rise (BBG)
- Japan to bolster military, boost Asia ties to counter China (Reuters)
- China condemns Abe for criticizing air defense zone (Reuters)
- Insider-Trading Case May Hinge on Phone Call (WSJ)
- Republicans Gird for Debt-Ceiling Fight (WSJ)
- Mario Draghi pushes bank union deal (FT)
- German Coalition Plans More Pension Money (WSJ)
- Oil Supply Surge Brings Calls to Ease U.S. Export Ban (BBG)
- Euro-Zone Prices Fall, Raising Specter of Too-Low Inflation (WSJ)
- Multivitamins Found to Have Little Benefit (WSJ)
- China’s Treasury Holdings Approach Record After Taper Delay (BBG)
- In rural China, teacher upholds Mao Thought to save the world (Reuters)
- Ukraine Protesters Settle In for Long Haul (WSJ)
- China's Sprawling Cities Bet Their Future on Getting Even Bigger (WSJ)
- Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion (BBG)
Overnight Media Digest
* A federal judge ruled the National Security Agency's collection of phone records "almost certainly" violates the Constitution, setting up a larger legal battle.
* The Energy Department blocked about 2,200 attempts this year by users seeking to get data from its websites in ways that endangered equal access to the agency's widely followed economic reports.
* The effects of the week-old Volcker rule are being felt thousands of miles from Wall Street as small and midsize banks begin to sell debt. Other institutions are looking for new ways to finance muni bonds.
* U.S. securities regulators are seeking more than $1 million in fines and other payments from Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader found liable for defrauding investors.
* The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moving to force overseas financial firms to comply with certain U.S. rules, a move likely to stoke criticism the U.S. is bidding to become the de facto global financial regulator.
* SAC Capital portfolio manager Michael Steinberg's fate could come down to what jurors think about a two-minute phone call.
* Lured by low costs, bond issuers in developing countries are poised to sell a record amount of euro-denominated debt this year.