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  U.S. Is No Longer the World's
Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland, Finland and Sweden are the world’s most competitive economies according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007, released by the World Economic Forum on 26 September 2006. Denmark, Singapore, the United States, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom complete the top ten list, but the United States shows the most pronounced drop, falling from first to sixth. The United States, previously in first place, continues to enjoy an excellent business environment, efficient markets and is a global centre for technology development.

Are Global Warming Solutions Possible?

Global warming -- you may accept or reject those who say it is a dangerous phenomenon. But if the planet is warming, and humanity is contributing to it, shouldn't someone be thinking about solutions? If the Earth is, in fact, engaged in a long-term warming cycle -- and if humanity is partly responsible -- can it be reversed?

Americas United Bank, a New Hispanic
Bank "in Organization"

Americas United Bank (AUB), In Organization, has received its conditional approval from the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) to "organize" the bank subject to various conditions which include a succesful stock offering. The bank will be centrally located in the city of Glendale, California.

FTC Joins Foreign Partners in Recommending
International Efforts to Combat Spam

The FTC has joined its foreign partners in calling for stepped up cross-border law enforcement cooperation and increased public/private sector cooperation to combat spam. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued recommendations in this area today. The OECD is an international forum of 30 countries, including the United States, established to promote economic growth, trade, and development.

Be Suspicious About Wiring Money Back After Cashing a Check

The set-up for the scam can be different every time: maybe they are buying something you advertised, paying you to do work at home, or giving you an “advance” on a sweepstakes. But, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumers League warn that after the initial hook, all “check overpayment” scams end the same way – with a request for you to wire money back. The scams are the fifth most common telemarketing fraud and the fourth most common Internet scam reported to the NCL.

Cowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality

Olaf Gersemann, a German reporter who came to America, checked the facts and discovered that the common perception in Europe and elsewhere of America's economic model is either wrong or misleading.

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