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Economics and Investing:

The Other Jim R. was the first of several readers to alert us to this article: We’re Screwed! ShadowStats.com founder John Williams explains the risk of hyperinflation. Worst-case scenario? Rioting in the streets and devolution to a bartering system [1]. [Gee, what blog has Mr. Williams been reading?]

YRC Has Until Yearend to Corral Bondholders, Avert Bankruptcy [2].

Items from The Economatrix:

Retailers Slash Prices After Christmas [3]

Shoppers Return to Malls, Looking for Deals [4]

Stores Hope Gift Cards Will Give Post-Christmas Lift [5]

Credit Crunch: Home Equity Lending Evaporates
China Closer to Becoming World’s Second Largest Economy [7]

US Removes Caps on Fannie, Freddie Lifelines for Three Years [8]. This means unlimited funds to failed mortgage giants.

Treasury Yield Curve Steepens to Record on Debt Demand Concern [9]