I am shocked that after a year of rising unemployment, rising inflation, and the biggest banking/credit crises since the Great Depression - here we are still growing as an economy (albeit at 1%). I think the stimulus plan, which was 1% of GDP saved us so far. So if we do manage to avoid a recession I think Bernanke deserves a Nobel Prize for Economics. If there was a VIX for the economy it would be at all time lows. This economy can't boom and it can't bust - its just stuck in a really tight range and all breakouts are false and get faded right away.