Economics and Investing:

Oil Prices – What Does “Lower For Longer” Actually Mean?

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Over at the SHTFPlan blog, Mac Slavo reports: Soros, Icahn and Major New Players Rushing Into the Gold Sector: “Things Are In The Works As We Speak”

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B.B. sent this: Food Stamps In Crosshairs of Shutdown. [JWR’s Comment: State-level disruptions of EBT card payments in the past two years have caused chaos. We can only imagine if this were to happen nationwide.]

Items from The Economics Team:

The Extinction of Retirement

At Zero Hedge: Confessions of an Economics Professor

Track Your Banks’ Texas Ratio. Hint: Many banks sit on the edge of failure even in “the recovery”

Household Economics – 11 Foods to Can or Freeze Now