* The top U.S. IPOs of 2008. Don’t worry, it won’t take long to read.
* Making the case that zero need not be the lower bound for nominal interest rates.
* Crackpot Russian professor (and popular television pundit, natch) predicts disintigration of USA in 2010. Alaska would return to Russian rule under this scenario, which raises the obvious question: Would Sarah Palin get a Kremlin post?
* For the record: The BoA/Merrill and Wells/Wachovia mergers have closed.
* A chronological look at the key events and stories from the 2008 venture capital market. (sub req)
* From the “But isn’t that you job?” department: The Financial Stability Oversight Board — whose members include Bernanke, Cox and Paulson — acknowledges “difficulties associated with monitoring the use of specific funds.”
* Speaking of which: Who will be the next Neel Kashkari?
* How small businesses try to weather the recession: