Fewer than 50,000 have signed up on Obamacare website

CNN.com: It appears fewer than 50,000 people successfully signed up for health coverage through the federally run Obamacare website during the first five weeks of open enrollment, falling well short of expectations for the period, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


Obama to nominate Treasury official as top derivatives regulator

The New York Times: President Barack Obama will nominate a senior Treasury Department official, Timothy G. Massad, today as the new chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, an agency that polices some of Wall Street's riskiest activity. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Massad will succeed Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs banker who overhauled the agency in the wake of the financial crisis.


Government shutdown erodes U.S. small business confidence

Reuters: U.S. small business sentiment fell to a seven-month low in October as business owners worried that a partial shutdown of the government would weigh on sales and cause merchandise to pile up in warehouses. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index fell 2.3 points to 91.6 last month, the lowest level since March.