Monday, December 07, 2009

Quick Overview

  • German factory orders fell 2.1% in October

  • World Bank: The number of malnourished as a percentage of the developing world's population has also started to rise again. After falling from 20 percent in 1990-92 to just under 16 percent in 2003-05, it now stands at almost 18 percent. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says a long-running decline in farm investment is the main culprit behind food shortages and estimates $44 billion in new investment is needed annually to boost agriculture in developing countries.

  • Indonesia may import 500,000 metric tons of white sugar starting in December to meet an expected domestic supply shortfall in 2010

  • (Reuters) - Big, full-service brokerages have lost a significant chunk of business to online firms that told small investors they are better off making their own decisions

  • (Bloomberg)... Coffee lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes by increasing the body’s ability to use
    insulin to convert blood sugar to energy, previous research has shown. ...

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