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Features of the week

Plenty to read and hear in our latest, "Features of the week".

1. US economy: jobless rate soars and payrolls plunge by 598,000.

2. TARP robs $78 billion in taxpayer cash (at least).

3. Faber Friday: Bloomberg interview clips with investor Marc Faber.

(a) Faber says US stimulus may lead to dire consequences (video).

(b) Faber favors US tech stocks: Cisco, Intel (audio).

(c) Marc Faber says stocks will fall after mid-year bounce (video).

4. The "bad bank" proposal: even worse than you imagined.

5. Dividends are forecast to decline in Europe and in the S&P 500.

6. Should you follow Buffett and be greedy now?

7. In Daschle's tax woes, a peek into how Washington works.

8. Corn ethanol takes another hit.

9. Downturn ends boom in wind and solar power.

10. Clean Money is a useful guide for clean-tech investors.

11. Uncle Sam takes salary, leaves allowance.

12. The History of Money: Peru.

13. Chart spotlight: January forecasts a down year - Carl Swenlin.

14. Drivers for natural resources in 2009 - Frank Holmes.

15. Credit crisis watch: some positive developments.

16. Don't take economic stimulus measures into your own hands.

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