Economics and Investing:

SEC’s Schapiro Calls Derivatives Data ‘Critical’ for Probe

Jeff C. spotted this: IndyMac’s mortgage struggle. How does modifying a “liar loan” somehow magically make a semi-employed borrower credit worthy?

From John in Ohio: Is America still depression-proof?

Reader MSB mentioned: The Shell Game – How the Federal Reserve is Monetizing Debt

Oldest Swiss Bank Tells Clients to Sell U.S. Assets or Leave (Thanks to DD for the link.)

Exit strategy? Fed’s Plosser: U.S. rate increases could be rapid. (A tip of the hat to Brenda C. for the link.) JWR’s comment: This is starting to remind me of the policies that created stagflation in the 1970s.

Karen H. sent us these three items:

Bond Market Eyeing 10% Jobless Rate Rejects Recovery

Oil drops nearly 4 percent on China Economy fears

Shanghai Index May Drop 25% on Economy, Xie says