March 2013

U.S. as No. 1

Americans like to think of their country as the top-ranked nation on many accounts. But does the perception match the reality? The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report ranks the performance of more than 140 countries on a whole range of key categories. We wonder: In which category does the United States rank first?

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U.S. Stock Ownership: Who Benefits?

With the major stock market indexes at or near their all-time highs, stock investing seems to be coming back into fashion in the United States. While the job market is still far from a full recovery, at least stock prices are giving Americans reason to cheer. We wonder: What percentage of Americans actually owns stock?

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Doubling U.S. Exports?

Growing a nation’s exports is an important part of economic growth. In 2010, President Obama announced the goal to double U.S. exports within five years over their 2009 level. We wonder: Based on the rate of growth of U.S. exports in 2012, how many years will it likely take for the President’s goal to be achieved?

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Know Your Gold Stuff?

Gold has long had special appeal to humans all over the world. It has made empires and vast personal fortunes. Central banks stockpile it. Jewelers use it the world over and gold bugs consider it the only safe investment to protect against inflation. We wonder: How much gold has ever been produced? It is equal to the volume of the …

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