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Morning Money Links: Dollar bulls run wild; Bill Gross' bond shifts; the food-stamp economy

December 18, 2009 | 11:18 am

--- The dollar is the new strongman of world currencies, and some chart-watchers think this turn in the buck definitely has legs. Great for our purchasing power, but not for our exporters or that foreign-stock mutual fund in your 401(k). Another sign of the sentiment shift: The UUP dollar-bull exchange-traded fund has run out of shares to sell.

--- What Bill Gross is doing to your bond fund holdings, assuming you own Pimco Total Return. Doesn't everybody?

--- Midnight in the food-stamp economy: Reuters looks at how the soaring use of food stamps is changing retailers' strategies.

--- Year-end list of the day: 10 ETF trends for the next 10 years.

-- Tom Petruno