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Features of the week

Microsoft makes an unsolicited offer for Yahoo!, dealing with recession, and a few words with famous investors Jim Rogers and Julian Robertson. Coming up in our, "Features of the week".

1. Microsoft makes an unsolicited $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo! in an attempt to challenge Google's search dominance.

2. Jim Rogers speaks with Bloomberg about commodities and the reckless Fed, who are "debasing the currency" and making the same mistakes that the Japanese have made.

3. Ahh...politics. After bickering back and forth for weeks, Obama and Clinton say, "let's be friends". The Democratic candidates have plotted a change in strategy and now wish to highlight the incessant bickering between Republican frontrunners.

4. Tiger's Julian Robertson roars again. Fortune profiles the retired hedge fund star and his recent success out of the limelight.

5. Two billionaires describe our outlook. Lamont Trading Advisors match up with George Soros and Julian Robertson on bonds, interest rate views.

6. Real investment tax rate is 256% higher than stated, says Daniel Amerman.

7. Last year's model: stricken US homeowners confound predictions.

8. Financial Sense Newshour interviews Dick Davis, author or The Dick Davis Dividend.

9. Vulture investors circle. Warren Buffett, Wilbur Ross, and Ron Perelman seek bargains in the financial industry's fallout.

10. China is the world's second largest gold producer, just behind South Africa.

11. Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has been betting against MBIA and Ambac for some time.

12. Dealing with Recession. An Austrian's view, by Clifford F. Thies.

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