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Economy

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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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City Bankruptcies Will Increase, Dimon Warns

January 13th, 2011  |  Source: HuffPo

 

 

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Rare Earths Diplomacy

January 13th, 2011  |  Source: Policy Innovations

 

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American Decline: This time it's real.

January 7th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

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

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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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Ecuador offers to leave Amazon oil untouched

January 3rd, 2011  |  Source: FT Video

A valuable oilfield lying beneath a pristine expanse of Amazon rainforest will not be exploited - but only if the outside world agrees to give Ecuador $3.6bn.

This groundbreaking scheme is designed to save Yasuni National Park.

But little money has been raised so far and its fate hangs in the balance.  

FT’s David Blair reports on Ecuador’s plan to leave oil reserves in the Amazon rainforest untouched:

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The new -- 10th edition of A Random Walk Down Wall Street -- Goes Global

January 2nd, 2011  |  Source: Business Week

Burton Malkiel, author of a new edition of his investing classic, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, discusses ETFs, what Obama should do next, and more...

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