Econ 101: April 23, 2012

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  • In 98 of the top 100 U.S. metro areas, it’s cheaper to buy a home than to rent one. [CNN Money]
  • Socialist candidate Francois Hollande won yesterday’s first round of the French presidential election, and now heads to a run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. [New York Times]
  • The International Monetary Fund has built up at least $430 billion to combat the European debt crisis. [Financial Times]
  • Spain has slipped back into recession, following the imposition of severe austerity measures. [Washington Post]
  • The trustees of both Social Security and Medicare will release their latest annual reports today. [CNN Money]
  • An investigation into charges of bribing foreign officials could cost some Walmart executives their jobs. [Reuters]
  • The Senate Agriculture Committee has released the draft of a bipartisan bill to renew agriculture subsidies. [The Hill]