Economics and Investing:

From Z.T.:Finance officials at odds over IMF funding plan

Spotted over at Gold-Eagle: At the Heart of America’s Economic Problems, by Paul Mladjenovic

Items from The Economatrix:

Bank Industry Await Results of Stress Tests

GM and Chrysler: Goodnight

G-8’s First Bankruptcy “To paraphrase Churchill, the UK economy is now a disaster, wrapped in a catastrophe inside a calamity. And someone just flushed the key down the proverbial…”

Volcker Punctures the Nonsense (The Mogambo Guru)

The Fed’s Cash Machine

Fed Says Government Ready to Save Stress-Tested Banks

Microsoft Has First Quarterly Fall in Revenue in 23 Years

Germany’s Slump Risks “Explosive” Mood as Second Banking Crisis Looms

Spain Jobless Total Over 4 Million

UK Budget 2009: “Now We Are All Up To Our Ears In It”

The Hartford Seeking Bids for its Insurance Operations

Feds Close Four More Banks: First Bank of Idaho, Ketchum, IdahoFirst Bank of Beverly Hills, Calabasas, CaliforniaMichigan Heritage Bank, Farmington Hills, MichiganAmerican Southern Bank, Kennesaw, Georgia