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Jan 9, 2012

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From The Desk of Nick Nicolaas | Mining Interactive Website: Mawson Resources in-depth and timely Update Report by Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp.



January 09, 2012

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MAWSON IN THE NEWS

Dear Friends:
For the New Year, Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp has provided a very timely and in-depth update on his, as well as ours, favorite Scandinavian gold-uranium play, Mawson Resources. 
The Company recently announced its two game-changing events that will reward all Mawson shareholders. “

I am confident all shareholders of Mawson or would be shareholders, will find his Report very much of interest.  Although, this Special Mercenary Report is for Mickey’s subscriber eyes only you can access Mickey’s report by obtaining a FREE e-mail subscription at
www.MercenaryGeologist.com


Stay Tuned - - there will be much – much more Mawson News to come!!!

Regards,
Nick L. Nicolaas

 
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Donna Werbes
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Standard & Poor's | Latin AmericaHighlights: Latin American Oil And Gas Keeps A Stable Outlook Overall, Despite Sizable Planned Capital Expenditures

Standard & Poor's LatinAmerica Highlights

Selected Reports

Latin American Oil And Gas Keeps A Stable Outlook Overall, Despite Sizable Planned Capital Expenditures

Latin America has entered an era of relative stability, as our ratings and outlooks show. Similarly, credit quality for the Latin America oil and gas sector will likely remain steady going into 2012.

Spanish version

Credit FAQ: What's Behind Our Outlook Revision On Aruba To Stable

NEW YORK (Standard & Poor's) Jan. 5, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services discusses the factors that contributed to a change in its outlook on Aruba to stable from negative on Nov. 17, 2011,

Reporte Sectorial: Panorama estable de las empresas de productos de consumo con calificaciones más bajas en América Latina podría tambalearse

Las empresas de productos de consumo en América Latina han tenido un año estable, incluso a pesar de los niveles persistentemente altos de los costos de los insumos y del debilitamiento de la demanda, aunque todavía positiva, en comparación con las tasas de crecimiento de 2010.

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Rating News

Argentina

Full Analysis: Argentina

Limited access to funding. Lack of predictability on the direction of economic policies. Growing rigidities in government spending, in large part because of rising subsidies, which will complicate fiscal policy implementation.

Standard & Poor’s asigna calificación de corto plazo ‘raA-1+’ a la Serie 9 de bonos Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires por hasta US$75 millones

Buenos Aires, 12 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services asignó hoy su calificación de corto plazo en escala nacional de 'raA-1+' a la Serie 9 de bonos Tango del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

English Version

Buenos Aires (Province of) 'B' Global Scale, 'raAA-' National Scale Issuer Credit Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Stays Stable

The Province of Buenos Aires continues to cover its sustained high financing needs through a combination of central government financing and access to international capital markets.

Province Of Mendoza 'B' Ratings Affirmed, Outlook Stable

We expect that Province of Mendoza will have a deficit of between 3% and 5% of total revenues, and that its debt will decline to 45% of total revenues by the end of 2011.

Standard & Poor’s asigna calificación a Obligaciones Negociables emitidas por BBVA Banco Francés S.A.

Buenos Aires, 22 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services colocó las clasificaciones de dos entidades chilenas en Revisión Especial con implicancias negativas.

Bermuda

Bermuda Long-Term Sovereign Rating Lowered To 'AA-' On Revised Rating Methodology; Outlook Stable

Our revised sovereign rating methodology (newly applied this year) places greater weight on a sovereign's own monetary flexibility, even when that country largely uses the currency of a larger sovereign.

Belize

Summary: Belize

The recent outlook revision to negative from stable reflects diminishing political incentives to service Belize's external debt.

Bolivia

Full Analysis: Bolivia

Low fiscal deficits (or surpluses) over the past five years combined with debt forgiveness have led to a steadily declining debt burden regarding GDP and government revenues.

Brazil

Rating da Santos Brasil Participações S.A. elevado por melhora na geração de caixa e nas métricas de crédito; Perspectiva estável

Em 21 de dezembro de 2011, a Standard & Poor’s Rating Services elevou, em sua Escala Nacional Brasil, o rating de crédito corporativo de longo prazo atribuído à Santos Brasil Participações S.A. (“Santos Brasil”), de ‘brAA-’ para ‘brAA’.

Ratings da Duke Energy International Geração Paranapanema elevados para ‘BBB-’ na escala global e para ‘brAAA’ na Escala Nacional Brasil; Perspectiva estável

SÃO PAULO (Standard & Poor’s), 19 de dezembro de 2011 – a Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services elevou hoje os ratings atribuídos à empresa brasileira do setor de energia elétrica Duke Energy International Geração Paranapanema S.A.

Ratings da Companhia de Telecomunicações do Brasil Central - CTBC elevados para ‘brAA-’; Perspectiva estável

Em 19 de dezembro de 2011, a Standard & Poor’s Rating Services elevou, em sua Escala Nacional Brasil, os ratings atribuídos à Companhia de Telecomunicações do Brasil Central (“CTBC”), incluindo seu rating de crédito corporativo, de ‘brA+’ para ‘brAA-’.

Chile

S&P confirma calificación de 'mxAAA' a la emisión de certificados bursátiles de largo plazo por hasta MXN2,500 millones de Banco de Chile; la perspectiva es estable

Nuestras calificaciones del Banco de Chile (A/Estable/A-1), reflejan su ‘sólida’ posición de negocio, ‘adecuados’ niveles de capital y utilidades, una posición de riesgo ‘adecuada’, fondeo ‘promedio’, liquidez ‘adecuada’ y una probabilidad moderadamente.

Standard & Poor’s coloca las Clasificaciones de Corpbanca y Corp Group Interhold en Revisión Especial con Implicancias Negativas tras Acordar Adquisición de Banco Santander Colombia

Buenos Aires, 22 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services colocó las clasificaciones de dos entidades chilenas en Revisión Especial con implicancias negativas.

Boletín: Clasificaciones de Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. No Se Ven Afectadas Por Incendio en Plantaciones Forestales y Planta de Paneles

BUENOS AIRES (Standard & Poor's) 3 de enero de 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services anunció que las clasificaciones de la compañía forestal chilena Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. (ARAUCO; BBB/Estable/--) no se ven afectadas

English version

Standard & Poor’s Asigna Clasificación ‘BBB’ a Bonos por $500 Millones de Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.

BUENOS AIRES (Standard & Poor's) 4 de enero de 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services asignó una calificación ‘BBB’ a la emisión de bonos a 10 años de plazo por US$ 500 millones propuesta por Celulosa Arauco y Consitución

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Colombia

Standard & Poor's confirma calificación de 'BBB-' de Ecopetrol, revisa perfil crediticio individual a 'bbb-'; la perspectiva es estable

México, D.F., 15 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services confirmó su calificación de riesgo crediticio de largo plazo de 'BBB-' y su calificación de deuda senior no garantizada de 'BBB-' de la compañía petrolera ubicada en Colombia.

Standard & Poors asigna calificación de 'BBB-' a ISAGEN S.A. E.S.P.

México, D.F., 28 de noviembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services asignó su calificación de riesgo crediticio de ‘BBB-’ a la empresas colombiana generadora de energía ISAGEN S.A. E.S.P.

Costa Rica

Standard & Poor's confirma calificaciones de 'BB' y 'B' de Banco Internacional de Costa Rica; la perspectiva es estable

México, D.F., 13 de diciembre de 2011.- En línea con lo que habíamos anunciado, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services confirmó sus calificaciones de emisor de largo y corto plazo en escala global de ‘BB’ y ‘B’, respectivamente del banco basado en Panamá.

Curaçao

Summary: Curaçao

Standard & Poor's Rating Services' ratings on Curaçao reflect its stable democratic parliamentary system and rule of law within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, its prosperous economy, high level of social development, and strong government balance

Ecuador

Full Analysis: Ecuador

Recent history of default and continued weak institutional framework. Relatively high fiscal deficits in the context of dollarization.

Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados 'BBB' Rating On $900 Million Senior Debt Affirmed, On Shippers' Willingness, Ability To Pay

Ecuador-based oil pipeline project OCP's creditworthiness relies on the initial shippers' and performance guarantors' willingness and ability to satisfy their contractual payments, which we expect to continue.

Summary: Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services bases its 'BBB' rating on the $900 million senior secured bank loan due 2018 of oil pipeline project Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados (OCP) on the creditworthiness of several, but not joint, performance guarantors.

El Salvador

Standard & Poor's confirma calificaciones de El Salvador; la perspectiva es estable

Nueva York, 29 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services confirmó sus calificaciones en moneda local y extranjera de largo y corto plazo de ‘BB-’ y de ‘B’, respectivamente de la Republica de El Salvador.

Fundamento: Banco Agrícola S.A.

Standard & Poor’s basa sus calificaciones de Banco Agrícola S.A. en su ‘sólida’ posición de negocio y su evaluación de capital y utilidades ‘fuerte’, su posición de riesgo y liquidez ‘adecuada’ y fondeo ‘promedio’.

Guatemala

Republic of Guatemala

Limited fiscal flexibility because of a low tax base amid a rising interest burden; Developing institutions that hamper policy implementation, particularly policies meant to combat corruption and increased drug-related crime ...

Standard & Poor's sube calificación de Banco G&T Continental a 'BB' de 'BB-' tras actualización de criterios; la perspectiva es negativa

México, D.F., 13 de diciembre de 2011.- En línea con lo que habíamos anunciado, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services dijo hoy que subió su calificación de emisor de largo plazo en escala global del banco, basado en Guatemala, Banco G & T Continental S.A.

Standard & Poor's subió su calificación de Banco Industrial a 'BB' de 'BB-'; la perspectiva es negativa

México, D.F., 13 de diciembre de 2011.- En línea con lo que habíamos anunciado, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services subió su calificación de emisor a ‘BB’ de ‘BB-’ del banco basado en Guatemala Banco Industrial S.A.

México

S&P confirma calificación de 'mxBBB-' del estado de Coahuila y la retira de Revisión Especial con implicaciones negativas; la perspectiva es negativa

México, D.F., 4 de enero de 2012.- Standard & Poor's confirmó hoy la calificación de riesgo crediticio de largo plazo en escala nacional –CaVal– de 'mxBBB-' del estado de Coahuila.

Standard & Poor's baja calificaciones de Grupo Posadas por débil flexibilidad financiera, la perspectiva es negativa

México, D.F., 27 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services bajó hoy sus calificaciones de riesgo crediticio y de deuda en escala global de largo plazo a ‘CCC+’ de 'B-' y en escala nacional –CaVal– a ‘mxB+’ de 'mxBB-' del operador hotelero.

S&P asigna calificación de 'mxAAA' a la primera, segunda, tercera y cuarta emisiones de certificados bursátiles bancarios de Banco Santander; la perspectiva es estable

México, D.F., 13 de diciembre 2011.- Standard & Poor’s asignó hoy sus calificaciones de largo plazo en escala nacional –CaVal– de ‘mxAAA’

S&P asigna calificación de 'mxAAA' a la décima emisión de certificados bursátiles bancarios de Banco Inbursa; la perspectiva es estable

México, D.F., 16 de diciembre de 2011.- Standard & Poor’s asignó hoy su calificación de largo plazo en escala nacional –CaVal– de ‘mxAAA’ a la décima emisión de certificados bursátiles bancarios de Banco Inbursa, S.A.

S&P confirma calificación en escala nacional para México de 'mxAAA' a certificados bursátiles de Telefónica Finanzas y revisa perspectiva a negativa

La revisión de la perspectiva sigue a una acción similar tomada por Standard & Poor´s sobre la proveedora de servicios de telecomunicaciones española Telefónica S.A. (BBB+/Negativa/A-2), garante de las emisiones de Telefónica Finanzas.

Paraguay

Vision Banco S.A.E.C.A. Upgraded To 'BB-' From 'B+', Outlook Is Stable

Following a review of Vision Banco under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we have raised our long-term issuer credit rating on the bank to 'BB-' from 'B+'. The outlook is stable.

Peru

Corporacion Financiera De Desarrollo S.A. 'BBB/A-3' Ratings Affirmed On Revised Bank Criteria; Outlook Stable

Following our review of COFIDE under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we are affirming our 'BBB' long-term and 'A-3' short-term issuer credit ratings on the bank.

Grupo ACP Inversiones Y Desarrollo Rating Raised To 'BB+' On Mibanco Upgrade Under New Bank Criteria; Outlook Stable

Following our upgrade of Mibanco to 'BBB/A-3' from 'BB+/B' under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we are raising our long-term issuer credit rating on Grupo ACP two notches, to 'BB+' from 'BB-'.

Banco Internacional del Peru-Interbank Long-Term Rating Raised To 'BBB', Outlook Stable

Following our review of Banco Internacional del Perú (Interbank) under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we have raised our long-term issuer credit rating on Interbank to 'BBB' from 'BBB-'.

Mibanco Banco De La Microempresa S.A. Ratings Raised To Investment Grade, 'BBB/A-3', On Revised Bank Criteria

Following our upgrade of Mibanco to 'BBB/A-3' from 'BB+/B' under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we are raising our long-term issuer credit rating on Grupo ACP two notches, to 'BB+' from 'BB-'.

Scotiabank Peru Ratings Affirmed At 'BBB/A-3' On Revised Bank Criteria, Outlook Stable

Following a review of the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we are affirming the 'AA-/A-1+' long- and short-term issuer credit ratings on BNS.

Corpbanca And Corp Group Interhold Ratings On CreditWatch Negative After Agreement To Acquire Banco Santander Colombia

On Dec. 6, 2011, Corpbanca announced an agreement with Santander to acquire 95% of Santander's fully owned subsidiary Santander Colombia, while Corpbanca's controlling parent, Interhold, agreed to acquire at least 2.85% of Santander Colombia.

Republica Dominicana

AES Andres Dominicana Upgraded To 'B' From 'B-' On Improved Financial Profile

AES Andres Dominicana's financial profile improved as a result of a higher cash-flow generation due to the development of its natural-gas marketing business and diversification of its customer base amid improving growth prospects and structural refor...

Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo S.A. Outlook Revised To Stable From Negative, 'B-' Credit Rating Affirmed

Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo's key financial ratios improved due to lower liquidity pressures and stronger profitability following the expiration of a fixed-price coal supply contract We revised the outlook on the company to stable from n...

Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina Outlook Revised To Positive From Stable, 'B-' Corporate Credit Rating Affirmed

We expect Haina to gradually improve its financial profile as it further diversifies its energy sources and expands its power generating capacity. We are revising the outlook on the company to positive from stable and affirming our 'B-' corporate cre...

Venezuela

Full Analysis: Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.

One of the largest national oil companies worldwide; Long proved reserve life and competitive production costs; and Ownership of CITGO. Less-than-adequate liquidity; Aggressive financial policy; High social spending and government intervention; and D...

Bulletin: Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. Ratings Unaffected By Arbitration Settlement In Favor Of ExxonMobil

MEXICO CITY (Standard & Poor's) Jan. 3, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that there would be no effect on its ratings or outlook on Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.

Uruguay

Discount Bank Latin America S.A. 'BB+/B' Ratings Affirmed On Bank Criteria Change; Outlook Stable +

Following our review under Standard & Poor's revised bank criteria (published on Nov. 9, 2011), we have affirmed our ratings on Discount Bank Latin America S.A. (DBLA). The outlook on the long-term ratings is stable.

Stocks and Markets in the News | China Trade Balance: China's December exports rise 13.4% from year earlier, well above forecast

By Michael Kitchen

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- China's trade surplus yawned wider in December, beating expectations as exports shot higher. December exports rose 13.4% compared to a year earlier, the General Administration of Customs said Tuesday, with the result above a 12.5% median forecast reported in a Dow Jones Newswires survey. Exports had risen 13.8% in November. Imports rose 11.8%, below a forecast 18% and cooling sharply from November's 22.1% increase. This resulted in a $16.52 billion surplus for December, which Dow Jones Newswires said compared to expectations for a $7.8 billion. November's surplus amounted to $14.5 billion.

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Retailers demand help to understand pay, 12 outrageous tech predictions, How Super Retail Group is defying the gloom, Cotton On in new controversy

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Today on SmartCompany we look at a report from a recent audit conducted by the Fair Work Ombudsman, which showed more than a quarter of employers weren’t meeting their obligations under the Government’s modern awards. As James Thomson says in Entrepreneur Watch, confusion appears to be rife about how the awards work and more needs to be done to educate the sector.

We also look at Cotton On’s latest controversy and ask whether provocative products work, and explain how Super Retail Group has managed to defy the gloom with some strong results.

Industrial Relations
Working from home: The OHS trap for employers
Technological advances, avoiding the commute, a break from office dramas and tedium: it's no surprise more workers are asking to work from home. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.
Industrial Relations

Information Technology
Most outrageous tech predictions for 2012
There's no shortage of analysts willing to predict our tech future, but here's a few gutsy predictions worth watching in the year ahead. BY CHARIS PALMER.
Most outrageous tech predictions for 2012

Aunty B
I think my client is going to sack me over some leaked gossip. Help!
Bugger off. I don't feel like helping you at all! Actually, you have made me so cross I will in fact tell you what I think.
Aunty B

People problems
Eve Ash
Here are some common anxiety behaviours – do any of them seem familiar to you?
Eve Ash

Franchise tips and trends
Jason Gehrke
The entrepreneurial alliance in franchising creates a new term for franchisees: intrapreneur.
Jason Gehrke

Brand
Michel Hogan
If your brand has the ability to bounce back, to withstand setbacks and ups and downs, chances are it has something valuable – resilience.
Michel Hogan

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
The high level of underpayment of retail workers underlines how confused many employers are.
James Thomson

Stocka and Markets in the News | Australia Outlook: Australia’s biggest economic threat is China

By Satyajit Das 

SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Australia has been one of the world’s best performing economies during the economic crisis, attracting strong investment interest from overseas investors. But the outlook is cloudy. 

Australia’s economic performance has been based on a solid banking system and low government debt. But the main drivers have been China’s strong growth and the related commodity boom. Investment in Australian debt and equity securities as well the currency has become a popular way to gain exposure to China and appreciating commodity prices.
Australia has benefited from a substantial increase in demand for and prices for its mineral products. The country is enjoying its best terms of trade (measured as price of exports divided by price of imports, showing the quantity of imports that can be purchased theoretically from the sale of a fixed amount of exports) in 140 years. Australia’s terms of trade have improved by 42% since 2004.

Boom and gloom

The commodity boom has been driven by a sharp increase in demand, supply constraints because of under-investment in mineral production, and associated infrastructure and some unexpected effects of the global financial crisis.
In the 1990s, as a result of persistently low prices, mining companies did not invest sufficiently in expanding production capacity or infrastructure, such as transport, refining or processing capacity. The increase in demand from purchasers, particularly emerging economies, quickly created bottlenecks and shortages. This led to sharply higher prices as well as improved volumes for many commodities. 


The global financial crisis also boosted investment in commodities. As traditional investments fared poorly (stocks, interest rates and property prices all fell), investors switched to hard assets, such as commodities. The underlying logic was that these were real assets with genuine underlying uses rather than the fictions created through financial engineering.
Low interest rates also assisted demand and prices as it cost less than before to buy and hold commodities, which paid no return.
As central banks commenced printing money in an effort to restart growth, investment in commodities increased further as investors sought a hedge against the risk of inflation. A former Board member of the Australian central bank, Professor Russell McKibbin, suggested that perhaps as much as 40% of the improvement in Australia’s terms of trade surge was being driven by U.S. and European monetary expansion.

Cracks in China

To reduce the risk of losses on it foreign exchange reserves held in US and European government bonds, currently around $3.2 trillion, China has purchased and stockpiled large amounts of strategic commodities adding to demand.
Economists, who failed to forecast the rise in commodity prices or the global financial crisis, now speak of a “super” boom lasting decades. But this boom is more fragile than currently understood.
As growth in China and other emerging countries decelerates, driven in part by European debt problems, demand for commodities is likely to slow. High prices have encouraged investment in expanding existing mines, building new mines and additional infrastructure as well as exploration. As new capacity and supply comes on stream, there will be pressure on prices.
Commodity projects depend on demand for the product and also on the ability to finance it. Deterioration in money market conditions and also problems in the banking system mean that the availability of funding is becoming more restricted and expensive. If previous commodity booms are a guide, then many of these projects may not eventuate. 
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MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily: Time to get ready: Tax season is coming


MarketWatch

Personal Finance Daily
JANUARY 09, 2012

Time to get ready: Tax season is coming

By MarketWatch




Don't miss these top stories:

It's only January, but it's not too soon to start thinking about getting ready to do your taxes. Read Eva Rosenberg's piece today for 12 tips on how to prepare now for the upcoming tax-return deadline.

Plus, read about how the IRS today unveiled its third iteration of the offshore-account amnesty program, and on the investing front, find out why stocks will beat bonds over the next 20 years.

Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor

TAXES

12 tax tips for January

Tax season is upon us. Get going on these 12 tax to-do's to make sure you're on track to file on time, writes Eva Rosenberg.
Read more: 12 tax tips for January.


Got money offshore? IRS starts new amnesty program

If you've got money stashed in overseas accounts that you've failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service, the tax agency wants to give you another chance to come forward. The IRS said Monday that it's launching a third voluntary disclosure program — and this one has no deadline.
Read more: Got money offshore? IRS starts new amnesty program.


The road ahead for taxes

It is a new year, but taxpayers already are feeling déjà vu. A slew of major tax cuts is set to expire at year's end—as was the case in 2010. Now, as then, Washington faces the choice of letting income, capital-gains, estate and other tax rates rise as scheduled, or coming up with an alternative.
Read more: The road ahead for taxes.


RETIREMENT

How to make your 401(k) work harder

Chances are you have a 401(k) plan at work. And the chances are you're not making nearly enough of it. A new year means a new leaf: This is as good a time as any to start turning that around.
Read more: How to make your 401(k) work harder.


REAL ESTATE

How to get a mortgage if you're self-employed

It's tougher for just about all mortgage borrowers to get a loan for a home purchase or refinance these days, but many self-employed business owners are really feeling the pinch.
Read more: How to get a mortgage if you're self-employed.


CAR REVIEW

2012 Hyundai Accent SE

Thinking about the Hyundai Accent brought back memories of my first new car, my much-loved '69 Volkswagen Bug with skinny whitewalls and little else. Even heat.
Read more: 2012 Hyundai Accent SE.


INVESTING

How to play the next American oil boom

Energy profits are booming and Big Oil shares look inexpensive. But investors with an appetite for risk might want to drill deeper into the sector to find smaller companies sitting on U.S. oil-shale riches—which make tempting takeover targets, analysts say.
Read more: How to play the next American oil boom.


New tools may help small shareholders topple giants

Goliath hasn't been hit hard yet, but David is getting new slingshots. The unending struggle between the managers who control America's corporations and the investors who own them is about to become more interesting. It might even become a fairer fight.
Read more: New tools may help small shareholders topple giants.


When to give your fund manager the axe

Poor 2011 results from stock-fund managers is enough to convince many fund investors to "Throw the bums out." But that knee-jerk reaction to raw numbers can create problems.
Read more: When to give your fund manager the axe.


Why stocks will beat bonds over the next 20 years

With so much volatility in stocks, many investors have increasingly favored the relative security of bonds and bond mutual funds. That may be a mistake.
Read more: Why stocks will beat bonds over the next 20 years.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Merkel, Sarkozy call for growth in euro zone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy vow to press ahead on calls for tougher budget rules in the euro zone, while calling for stronger growth and job creation.
Read more: Merkel, Sarkozy call for growth in euro zone.


French elections could make April a cruel month

The French elections in spring 2012 could provide a particularly inflammable trigger point for Europe.
Read more: French elections could make April a cruel month.

NYT Global Update: Iran Imposes Death Sentence on U.S. Man Accused of Spying.

Global Update





TOP NEWS

Iran Imposes Death Sentence on U.S. Man Accused of Spying

By HARVEY MORRIS
Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced to death an American of Iranian descent, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, saying he spied for the C.I.A., the Fars news agency reported.

Swiss Central Bank Chief Resigns After Uproar

By JACK EWING
The resignation of Philipp M. Hildebrand over personal currency deals came as a surprise since he appeared to have the support of the council that oversees the Swiss National Bank.

Romney Waves Away Opponents' Intensifying Attacks

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Mitt Romney dismissed intensifying attacks by his Republican rivals on his role at a corporate buyout firm, while his poll numbers in New Hampshire appear to be slipping.
Multimedia

Video: TimesCast

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, G.O.P. rivals attack Mitt Romney's record in the private sector, and remembering last year's mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

Opinion

Latitude

The New Scapegoats of Europe

By SARAH WILDMAN
Europe's failure to integrate Muslims, not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the root cause of problems between Jews and Muslims in Europe.
WORLD

Iran Trumpets Nuclear Ability at a Second Location

By DAVID E. SANGER
The imminent opening of an enrichment site confronts the United States and its allies with difficult choices about how far to go to limit Iran's nuclear abilities.

Car Bombs Kill 14 in Baghdad

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two car bombs exploded Monday evening in the Iraqi capital, according to authorities, raising already high concerns about an outbreak of a full-scale sectarian conflict.

Monti Shifts Emphasis in Italy to Growth

By RACHEL DONADIO
The Italian prime minister has pledged to introduce measures to revive Italy's long-dormant economy, but is also raising pressure on Europe to shore up the single currency.
BUSINESS

Merkel and Sarkozy Warn Greece on Debt

By NICHOLAS KULISH
German debt was sold for a negative return, indicating that investors are willing to trade profit for safety.

Stocks Edge Ahead

By REUTERS
Wall Street market indexes inched ahead as investors prepared for the start of corporate earnings season.
TECHNOLOGY

A Tech Show Loses Clout as Industry Shifts

By NICK WINGFIELD
Even though the Consumer Electronics Show is the world's biggest technology convention, companies are seeking ways to introduce their products on their own.

The Critics Rave ... for Microsoft?

By NICK WINGFIELD
Microsoft, long ridiculed as the tech industry dullard, has surprised critics with its Windows Phone software. But will consumers be tempted enough to try it?
Digital Domain

Sifting the Professional From the Personal

By RANDALL STROSS
Aiming to compete with LinkedIn, independent developers of new apps are trying to add a professional information layer to Facebook.
SPORTS
Soccer Roundup

Dempsey's Hat Trick Sparks Fulham

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The U.S. international Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick as Fulham beat Charlton, 4-0, in the English F.A. Cup.

European Leagues Get Back to Business After a Holiday Focused on Britain

By ROB HUGHES
The Spanish and Italian leagues are back in play this weekend, while in England the F.A. Cup takes precedence.

Who Will Be the Champions of 2012?

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
What teams and athletes will have success in the coming year? Christopher Clarey takes his best shot at naming the winners.
U.S. NEWS

Subdued Remembrance of a Dark Day in Tucson

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Representative Gabrielle Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at a candlelight vigil to commemorate the first anniversary of a shooting in Tucson that left 6 people dead.

Florida Man Charged With Plotting Strikes in Name of Islam

By ROBBIE BROWN
A man was charged with plotting a terrorist spree around Tampa, which included plans to bomb night clubs, destroy bridges and shoot police officers in the name of radical Islam.

Texas Death Offers Grim Reminder That Gun Replicas Can Fool Police

By MANNY FERNANDEZ
The death has shocked this South Texas border city, but it was only the latest in a series of shootings involving realistic-looking BB guns and pellet guns.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

America Abroad

By ROGER COHEN
Smarter U.S. power could still confound the "declinists."
Op-Docs

Texting While Walking

By CASEY NEISTAT
Don't be a hazard. Master the etiquette of texting.