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Five Reasons to Have Second Thoughts about Simpson-Bowles

The Simpson-Bowles budget plan is often represented by media pundits and Washington insiders as a model for a bipartisan “grand bargain” to fix the deficit. It’s not surprising that Beltway wise men would want to steer the country in the tax-and-spend direction of Simpson-Bowles, but others are not so sure mainly because it leaves the spending spigot on. Here are five reasons why one might have second thoughts:

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10 Companies with the Biggest Cash Stockpiles in America

Writing in Seeking Alpha, investment analyst and newsletter author David Sterman identifies 10 companies that are sitting on significant cash piles. Stunned to find how much some companies were sitting on, he says in some instances, these companies have such a large amount of cash that it equals or surpasses what some countries produce in terms of annual economic activity (GDP).

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How to Sell in Emerging Markets

Want to sell in emerging markets? Act like a local, says McKinsey principal Jon Vander Ark, in the McKinsey Quarterly. These markets can be fertile ground for enormous sales growth, but each market has its own unique hurdles.

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Why Your Congressman May Be Doing Better Than You

Did you ever wonder why members of Congress are substantially well off? According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 47 percent--249 of the 535 congressmen are millionaires. By comparison, about 5 percent of U.S. households are worth more than $1 million. Street Authority’s Paul Tracy thinks he knows why.

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