Economics and Investing:

A chart published by The Financial Times says it all: America: Paydown problems

You’re insane if you don’t own gold, investors told

Muni Bonds Crashing For Third Straight Day, And This Is The Worst Yet. (A hat tip to Yishai for the link.)

John R. sent this by Gonzalo Lira: Why Democracies Will Always Go Bankrupt

The Latest Gold Fraud Bombshell: Canada’s Only Bullion Bank Gold Vault Is Practically Empty. (Thanks to Michael H. for the link.)

Items from The Economatrix:

At Least 10 States Have Introduced Gold-As-Currency Bills

Industrial Production Rises By Most in Five Months  

Holiday Spending “Record” Not As Good As It Looks  

Wholesale Food And Energy Prices Rise  

US Mint Reports Unprecedented Buying Spree Of Physical Silver  

Bad Real Estate News Ignored To Spin Bright Future