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  • AT&T Proposes Merger With T-Mobile - 24 March 2011
  • The telecom sector of the US economy is a hive of merger and acquisition activity that investors are no doubt following with intense interest. The latest activity to hit the news is the planned $39 billion merger between AT&T (NYSE: T)and T-Mobile USA. This development threw a spanner in the works for Sprint Nextel's investors who had been anticipating positive results from the recent merger talks between Sprint and the German mobile telecom provider T-Mobile. Should the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger meet with the approval of regulatory authorities, the combined company will have in the region of 130 million subscribers, becoming the largest mobile carrier in the United States - a position which is currently held by Verizon.

  • CFPB: Championing the Rights of Consumers - 21 March 2011
  • US consumers are faced with a host of options when it comes to making purchases, applying for a mortgage, selecting personal banking services, and using credit cards and other financial services. The economic turmoil of the past two years or so has brought to the attention of authorities that not all consumers are equipped to make financial decisions in their own best interests. This has led to the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve, regulates financial products and services offered to consumers, ensuring compliance with federal law, while at the same time educating consumers to enable them to make informed financial decisions.

  • Algerians' Hardball Tactic in Natural Gas Threatens Jobs and World Prices - 18 March 2011
  • The world economy is a balancing act. Disruptions, even in obscure parts of the globe, can make pernicious ripples elsewhere. Take, for example, the protracted dispute over back payments for natural gas deliveries from North Africa to Europe. Not many people outside those regions know anything about the dispute. But it stands to harm job creation and employment, as well as energy markets, in places as far-flung as Louisiana in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

  • CenturyLink & Qwest: Creating a Telecom Giant - 17 March 2011
  • Regulators in Washington State have given the nod to the acquisition of Qwest Communications by CenturyLink – two of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CTL) and a member of the S&P500 index, CenturyLink is set to become the third-largest telecommunications company in the country upon the successful conclusion of the buyout – AT&T being the largest, followed by Verizon.

  • Executive Order 6102: Learning From History - 7 March 2011
  • Back in 1933, on the 5th of April, US President Franklin D Roosevelt took an unprecedented step in order to prevent the Federal Reserve's gold holdings from being depleted. The order called for the confiscation, with due compensation, of gold that was owned by private US citizens, in effect forbidding the ownership, or 'hoarding' of gold coins, gold bullion and gold certificates. This move was prompted by the bank panics between late 1930 and into March 1933. At the time deposits formed up to 92 percent of the money in circulation, and with the failure of 10,000 banks across the United States, around $2 billion in deposits was lost. The failure of authorities to act quickly to prevent these bank failures is considered to have been a major factor behind the Great Depression.

  • Safer Than Fort Knox - 3 March 2011
  • The term 'safer than Fort Knox' is readily equated with security that cannot be breached – and for good reason. The United States Bullion Depository is more commonly referred to simply as 'Fort Knox', in reference to its location adjacent to the Fort Knox army post in Kentucky. It is used to house more than 4,603 tons of gold bullion, representing a significant portion of the official gold reserves of the United States. Fort Knox is also used to store other highly valued items, such as historical documents.

  • Global Competitiveness Report: Providing Valuable Information - 28 February 2011
  • With the world continuing to shrink into a global village, it is becoming increasingly evident that major economies can no longer thrive in isolation. Investment on a global scale has opened up opportunities to investors that may not have been as easily accessed before. With these new opportunities comes the need for information.

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