Money Links: Cut that deficit -- just not now; discount broker commission war; homeownership rate back to 2000 level
--- What to do about record federal budget deficits? Bring them down, of course -- but later, not now, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner tells Congress. Meanwhile, Moody’s warns again about Uncle Sam’s AAA credit rating. And Jeffrey Garten wonders if it will finally take a no-confidence vote by America’s creditors (particularly China) to force serious deficit reduction. Where have we heard that before?
--- The U.S. homeownership rate is back to 2000 levels: It ended last year at 67.2%, down from 67.5% a year earlier and down from the peak of 69.2% in 2004. How low can it go?
--- How the major financial websites could improve themselves: Here's one investor's list of ideas.
-- Tom Petruno