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Contest: Free subscription to The Economist

As I mentioned in Sunday's post, Finance Trends is having a little contest giveaway this week. Up for grabs: two free subscriptions to The Economist.

The contest rules are pretty simple; I'm looking for suggestions on how to improve the look & feel of this blog (aside from a few added features & tweaks, we've pretty much stuck with the same "Classic Blogger" design template since inception). What I'd like from you is a suggestion (or two) on how to best update this blog for the future.

Should we change our layout design to include a more readable background color? Create new template features for mobile blog readers? Add new data feeds or interactive features to our sidebar columns? We're counting on your advice; the theme here is change for the sake of improvement, rather than change for the sake of change.

Leave us a comment with your suggestions, and please include your name & email
. I will make a careful note of all suggestions & announce the contest winners this Friday at noon (12 pm CST).

Thanks, and good luck!

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