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Features of the week

Gold, energy, real estate bubbles, Hong Kong and US dollars, global languages, and charity. That's just some of what you'll find in today's edition of, "Features of the week". Enjoy!

1. Seeking truth from facts. How big is China's economy, really?

2. Jim Rogers says get out of the US dollar, and rains on Bernanke's parade.

3. Gold may easily rise to $1000, says Marc Faber.

4. Ron Paul: A seller of ideas. Great story from the Chicago Tribune.

See also, Reuters' article, Ron Paul's maverick stand enlivens election.

5. Government waste? Eliminate it. The Chodorov Principle.

6. Piggybacking Buffett's investments via filings provided nice returns, based on retroactive data.

7. Rest in peace, Hong Kong dollar?

8. 10 reasons to avoid lists. Nice one, Kent.

9. Discover your talents. Nice post from The Kirk Report.

10. Beware of charitable incentive programs designed to make you feel good.

11. Speak globish? English as a global language, and the rise and fall of languages. Fascinating article from FT.

12. Watchdog pulls out of monitoring Russian elections. Cites "unprecedented restrictions" in obtaining Russian visas. Hmmm...

13. FT special report on energy.

14. The Energy Blog on arguments targeted at global warming skeptics.

15. Marshall Loeb on the "Top four financial myths". Uh-oh, a list.

16. BusinessWeek profiles the young entrepreneurs of 2007.

Cheers, everyone. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for reading Finance Trends Matter.

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