Economics and Investing:

Reader L.I.Z. sent this: Using new metals in U.S. coins could impact counterfeiting, public safety and a lot more. Collect you cache of nickels now, before their minting composition is debased.

Meanwhile in commodity news: Are High Nickel Prices Here to Stay?

KAF forwarded this: U.S. sets $223 Billion Monthly Deficit Record

John R. recommended this piece by Bob Chapman: The Fed Distorts The Economy With Inflation

Items from The Economatrix:

Burst of Hiring Could Mark Turning Point for Jobs  

Factory Orders Up in January, Helped by Airplanes  

Food and Fuel Bills to Rocket, Warn Ministers and UN Report

February Jobs Report:  Unemployment Falls Again