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Bernanke: Asian Consumer Spending, Cutting U.S. Deficit Are Keys to Avoiding Trade Imbalances

Asian countries need to rely less on export-led growth and encourage their consumers to spend more, while the United States needs to trim its deficit to avoid pre-recession trade imbalances, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday (Monday). Governments in trade surplus countries – most of which include Asian nations – must act to […]

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7 Reasons China Will Lead the Global Economic Recovery

It's not too late to profit from China's booming markets. In fact, a recent sell-off has actually created one of the biggest buying opportunities of a lifetime. Here's why China is poised to take off – and how to cash in as China leads the global economic recovery.

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Ostrom, Williamson Take Nobel Prize in Economics

American economists Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson today (Monday) were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. Both have gained widespread acclaim for their respective studies in economic governance. Ostrom, 76, is the first woman to ever win the prize. To earn her share of the $1.4 million (10 million kronar) prize she debunked the long-held […]

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With Unemployment Falling, Will Canada Be Next to Raise Interest Rates?

While the U.S. economy is still shackled by unemployment and struggling to emerge from its worst recession in 70 years, Canada is already emerging from the economic downturn. Employment in Canada rose for the second consecutive month in September, as 30,600 workers found jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 8.4% from 8.7% in August. The […]

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Is the United States on Sale?

When more than $14 billion in merger-and-acquisition deals were announced in a single day last week, U.S. stock prices zoomed as investors embraced a suddenly more-bullish outlook. As last Monday demonstrated, any increase in dealmaking activity tends to move markets higher: With the chance of windfall profits from a surprise buyout, investors tend to bid […]

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Major Airline Deal Experiencing Turbulence

A proposed tie-up between AMR Corp.'s (NYSE: AMR) American Airlines, British Airways PLC (OTC: BAIRY), and Spain's Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA (PINK: IBRLY) is catching flak from both sides of the Atlantic as U.S. and European regulators have raised antitrust concerns. The three carriers last year applied for permission to cooperate more closely […]

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Trusted Brand Names Will Point the Way to the Top IPO and M&A Profit Plays

Whether the topic is initial public stock offerings (IPOs), or mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A), the strongest brand names will deliver the biggest profits almost every time. For starters, just look at the deal that seems to have fired off the latest round of global M&A deals: The $16.7 billion unsolicited takeover bid that Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: […]

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It's the Best Investment in North America – and It Isn't the United States

The U.S. stock market has run up magnificently in the last six months. The U.S. economy has begun to recover, but its performance has fallen short of expectations. And with good reason. The United States has a bigger and more-troubled financial sector than most countries. It also has a bigger overhang from the housing bubble, […]

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Asian Economies to 'Lead the Recovery,' Says ADB

Asian economies are recovering faster than previously thought and will lead the charge out of the worst global downturn since the 1930s, according to new forecasts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – a Manila-based institution that promotes economic and social progress in the Asia-Pacific region. After slashing its forecast for the region in March, […]

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The World's Most Exciting Market – Until They Spoiled it

Over the past year, Brazil has established itself as one of the most exciting markets in the world for investors. Its Bovespa stock index is up 55% this year. And the discovery of the huge new Tupi oil field off its east coast has led some investors to refer to Brazil as the "New Saudi […]

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