From The Economist out of London. The headline reads "Credit in America: Slim pickings, no appetite". In a nutshell, the story notes that the level of credit is dropping, bank lending is contracting, loan losses are climbing, and people are paying down debt and saving more. They conclude the article thusly... "With loan losses unlikely to peak until well into 2010 and banks likely to keep failing until at least 2011, the real credit crunch may still lie ahead." [And that's a very optimistic time line as well. - Ed] I thank P.S. for sending me this story... which is well worth the read... and the link is here.