An economy on life support

Commentary: No time for 'tap dancing' around banking problems

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Another week of odd calm … at its heart a void of information from government. The economy is on life support, but the intentions of the physicians are unclear.

In the data details, nothing new. Mortgage rates still rattle in a very narrow, high-four range, held so low only by the Fed’s massive buying. The stock market has shown some buoyancy, holding its ranges: Dow 8,000 and S&P 850.