February 2009

Where the Most Valuable Companies Are

It is widely assumed that Western companies dominate the global marketplace. However, the global economy never stands still — and there certainly has been much turmoil in global financial markets as of late. We wonder: Which country or region is currently home to three of the world's five most valuable companies (measured by their market value)?

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Rich and Poor in Obama’s Washington

Anyone who tours the United States will quickly see that rich areas are noticeably different from poor areas. And as the Obama Administration takes the reins of power, the world’s eyes are on the U.S. capital. We wonder: Which of the following comparisons is most similar to Washington’s income differences?

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The Global R&D Leader

With the global economy in increasingly dire straits, long-term concerns — such as a nation's spending on research and development — tend to get pushed off the agenda. And yet these investments are a solid indicator of future economic success. We wonder: Which country in the world has the highest level of R&D spending, measured as a share of GDP?

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Net Connect

As the United States seeks to stimulate its floundering economy by rebuilding aging infrastructure, many are calling for an overhaul of the country's Internet network. Indeed, this is a sector in which the United States lags well behind several other developed economies. We wonder: Which major country has the world's highest rate of Internet connectivity?

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