The Financial Index: Tuesday, Jan. 31

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The Financial Index is Daily Capital’s roundup of our Editor’s Picks for the day — featured trends and market analysis from around the Web.

Are We Following Japan Off A Cliff?

The Motley Fool: The Federal Reserve’s commitment to keep interest rates low for the next two years is strangely reminiscent of the actions preceding Japan’s “Lost Decades.” Japan saw no clear positive results from quantitative easing. Could the US be in for the same?

Should the Quality of Customer Service Factor into Your Investment Strategy?

The Motley Fool: Bad customer service may stop you from shopping somewhere, but would it stop you from buying a company’s stock? There’s some evidence that it should.

A Brief Reminder of How Fast Things Change

The Motley Fool: The difference bewteen the State of the Union addresses of 2000 and today are striking. What can be learned from these changes and what do they mean? Morgan Housel provides his take.

Currencies Rally on Eurozone Agreement

The Daily Reckoning: Eurozone leaders agreed to accelerate the setup of a full-time €500 billion rescue fund, and adopt the German-inspired deficit control treaty. This sent currencies and gold in to a rally.

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