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Countries Spending the Most on the Military

The U.S. has a military budget four times larger than China even with a recent decline of more than $40 billion. Find out which countries spend the most on their military.

U.S.: 19th Best Place for Retirees

For retirees hoping to live long and prosper in their golden years, the U.S. is only the 19th best place to be, according to a new index.

Moody's Downgrades UK Rating From AAA to AA1

Credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service downgraded Britain's government bond rating one notch from the top AAA to AA1 Friday, citing weaknesses in the economy's medium-term outlook. Moody's said "subdued" growth prospects and a "high and rising debt burden" were weighing on the British economy.

Women Investors: Smarter Than the Men in Every Way?

Financial services companies have a habit of publishing "special reports on women and investing," and their conclusions tend to describe women in less-than-flattering terms. But a new TD Ameritrade study once again shows why such stereotypes totally miss the mark.

Olympic Fool's Gold: Don't Fall for Phony London 2012 Souvenirs

U.K. officials are warning tourists traveling to the Olympics to be cautious in their purchases of Olympic-themed merchandise: Police have already seized thousands of pounds of counterfeit Olympic items at ports and airports, ranging from lighters to T-shirts to totes.

Why Sony 'Accidentally' Gouged Whitney's U.K. Fans

The death of Whitney Houston found nostalgic fans rushing to buy the music icon's catalog of digital works, which means a bittersweet payday for her label Sony Music. But a gaffe overseas is making Sony out to look like a greedy opportunist.

The U.S. Is Still Tops for Millionaires

When it comes to its population of millionaires, the U.S. still leads the world, but other countries have gained recently, The Boston Consulting Group reports. In particular, the report found a stagnation of wealth growth in developed nations, but rapid wealth growth in the developing world.

Should Netflix Stream Its Video Business Into the U.K.?

Netflix is enjoying a period of rapid expansion, riding on the popularity of DVD-by-mail and online video streaming. The question for investors is: What's next? Netflix has signaled that it plans to expand abroad, and the U.K. is a likely target. But is Britain ready for Netflix?

What U.S. Energy Policy Needs: Less Coal, More Uranium

With cleaner air and energy self-sufficiency high on America's list of priorities, our irrational dislike of nuclear power looks increasingly imprudent. China, France and the U.K. have raced ahead safely on nuclear power: It's well past time for the U.S. to start catching up.

Why Global Deficit Cutting Could Sink Recovery

For Germany, Britain, and the U.S., three of the world's major economies, their lawmakers' rush to cut budget deficits is the worst thing at this point of the fragile recovery. By taking demand out of their economies at this crucial time, they could spark another recession.

Kraft Swallows Cadbury, But a Bitter Taste May Linger

On Monday, Cadbury accepted a $19.4 billion buyout offer from Kraft Foods. As the smoke clears from that momentous decision, commentators and chocolate lovers from around the world are arguing over the sale, Kraft's practices, and what Cadbury means to Great Britain.