Economics and Investing:

Cronyism and ensuring American taxpayers bailout the finance industry during the next crash: Nostradamus like spending bill will ensure big banks never fail with your money.

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The US Mint (and Congress) inch forward to composition changes (or phase out) of pennies and nickels.

(It looks like we will have at least one more year to accumulate “25/75” composition nickels.)

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Items from Mr. Econocobas:

Giving Up Your U.S. Passport Getting More Expensive

Russia’s Rate Increase Fails to Halt Ruble’s Slide to Record

Congress Narrowly Averts Government Shutdown