Economics and Investing:

Bill T. sent us this: 2009 Nickel & Dime Minting Stoppage. “The editors of Coin World have reported that the U.S. mint, as of April 23, has ceased minting 2009 nickel and dime issues. The mint has claimed that a precipitous drop in demand from the Federal Reserve for circulating coinage was the primary reason to cease production.”

I found this linked at Drudge: ‘Problem’ Banks Rise to 15-Year High on Bad Loans, FDIC Says

From Karen H.: Dollar May Surpass ‘Established Lows,’ Goldman Says

GG sent us this: Preparing for a major bank shakeout; Rising failures and a weak economic recovery could accelerate a decades-long trend towards fewer, bigger banks.