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Cracking the credit card code

January 22nd, 2011  |  Source: Mint.com


ABU DHABI: New 'green city' for environmentally damaged country

January 20th, 2011  |  Source: LA Times


Until now, Abu Dhabi has been known as the quiet powerhouse behind its flashier neighbor, Dubai, bankrolling record-breaking skyscrapers and fantastical island resorts intended to make the United Arab Emirates synonymous with luxury, wealth and success.



The New BRICS on the Block: Which Emerging Markets Are Up and Coming?

January 19th, 2011  |  Source: K@W

Building on the foundation of the well-known BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- a new set of up-and-coming emerging markets is gaining attention. The so-called "CIVETS" countries -- Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa -- are now touted as hot markets because they have diverse economies, fast-growing populations, relatively stable political environments and the potential to produce outsized returns in the future.



Where is the value in High-Frequency Trading?

January 17th, 2011  |  Source: NYT


High-frequency trading of billions of shares daily (“The New Speed of Money,” Jan. 2) may be a boon to traders and investors seeking short-term profits, but its effect on investment practices is the bigger story that needs to be told.



Which countries match the GDP and population of America's states?

January 14th, 2011  |  Source: The Economist

IT HAS long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies of the world. These days, it would rank eighth, falling between Italy and Brazil on a nominal exchange-rate basis. But how do other American states compare with other countries? Taking the nearest equivalent country from 2009 data reveals some surprises. Who would have thought that, despite years of auto-industry hardship, the economy of Michigan is still the same size as Taiwan's?



BMW Electric Cars – Megacity EV

January 14th, 2011  |  Source: Clean Fleet Report

BMW and the German Chamber of Commerce invited me to a dinner about BMW’s electric future last week at Stanford University. BMW Group owns MiniCooper, BMW, and Rolls Royce. Although they didn’t lend me a Rolls Royce to take friends to dinner in Napa Valley, they did let me take the MiniE for a spin.



City Bankruptcies Will Increase, Dimon Warns

January 13th, 2011  |  Source: HuffPo




Rare Earths Diplomacy

January 13th, 2011  |  Source: Policy Innovations



American Decline: This time it's real.

January 7th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

"We've Heard All This About American Decline Before."


Deconstructing a Liar

January 6th, 2011  |  Source: Strategy & Business


Leaders who tell falsehoods tend to swear more, specify less, and lack hesitation in their responses.



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