The world's best and worst economies

After sliding in the rankings for four consecutive years, the U.S. moved up two places in the World Economic Forum's competitiveness ranking in 2013. See how it compares with the world's best and worst economies.

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Nov 1, 2013 10:25AM
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Germany is full of Solid Unions and Higher Taxes but they are literally the only thing keeping the Euro-Zone together. The German economy is STRONG!

American Corporations are having Banner Record Year over Year over Year, Profits and Revenues. CEOs are seeing Record Pay and Benefits. The United States also broke another Record for Record Wealth, reclaiming most millionaires tittle from Asia in the process.

Who's not having a banner year, American Workers as more and more companies refuse to pay a living wage while outsourcing our Jobs to slave labor overseas. We are more productive yet we are told to accept far less while they TAKE far MORE. So yes, there is a problem here.

Oct 31, 2013 11:00PM
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How can a country with more borrowing than their GDP be considered competitive. If your bills are more than your income can you go to a bank and borrow more money. NO 
Nov 5, 2013 6:57PM
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DUHHHHH all of you YOUR OWN COUNTRY BASHING MORONS!!!! You think Switzerland, Singapore,et al did it by bashing THEIR country? HELL NO!!!! they hitched their britches up and DID something instead of just sitting behind a PC and bitch about their country. Get off of your asses and DO SOMETHING to improve yourselfes and your country will also improve. In case you have forgotten! PEOPLE make a country, a Country does not make itself! All I've got to say, think about it if you have not lost your head in a Budweiser can!
Oct 31, 2013 7:25PM
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Give this list a couple years and the U.S. won't make the top 10 ! The (un)Affordable Care Act will kill the economy here in the U.S.before  anything else does . Poorly planned , and implemented even worse. It will affect many millions more than Obama promised , increasing rates to the point people cannot afford them . And as the younger people refuse to sign up for something they don't want (and in most cases, don't need) and choose to pay the penalty , the system will collapse under it's own weight . Policies that people were perfectly happy with are being cancelled because they "don't qualify" under the Act's standards , forcing them into much more expensive policies . If people are broke  they won't buy much , so there goes the jobs , sales , etc  and the economy will be in the tank . Thanks so much Barry , couldn't make my own decisions without you . Even though most of us were doing just fine before you came along .
Oct 31, 2013 8:36PM
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Republicans voted 44 plus times to repeal the ACA because of Mandatory Health Insurance but not once to Repeal mandatory Auto Insurance. The ACA won't kill the Economy, it was DEAD long before anyone knew what the ACA was or is.

The Knife put through the Heart of the Global Economy was when the Money Changers Created $500-700Trillion in phony Derivatives Money an spread it across the Globe. Even Fox-Business-com has a report about. So you know it has to be bad.



Nov 1, 2013 2:00PM
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TAKE THE MONEY PRINTING AWAY THEN THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE ONE OF THE WORSE. ALL THE ABOVE COUNTRIES DO NOT PRINT MONEY.  WE ARE NUMBER 5 BECAUSE OF THE FEDS. PRINTING AND IT IS DELUSIONAL.
Oct 31, 2013 7:58PM
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5th place? Not for long. We're 17 trillion in debt, and Obama alone have added 7 trillion. When the time comes, the government will dip into our IRA and 401K to pay our national debt. Remember Cypress? They will do it on a weekend when all the banks are closed and order the banks to shut down its ATMs. On the following Monday, you'll find out 50% of  your money has disappeared from your account. And then we'll have a revolution and the poor will once again blame the wealthy for screwing them and not paying their taxes. A new socialist country will be born.

Nov 1, 2013 10:30AM
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We all know that folks in Congress aren't smart enough to Create something as Complex as $500-700Trillion in Global Scam Derivatives. They can barely figure out how to keep open the Government much less anything else. Their biggest JOB is to make sure their Friends in Corporate America stay FAT and Happy. Otherwise their FAMILY and Friends network of Slush Funds would fall apart.

And it is a Global issue folks. Note the Toxic Assets for RBS, at least $62Billion. They are going to create a Internal Bad Bank? Say what? And That's just a Drop in the Bucket. All the Major Banks have the same problem. I even took the time to research it via Fox-Business-Com. Even they have articles stating just how bad the problem is. So you know it's really bad.
Oct 31, 2013 11:18PM
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Obamaville has its own printing press that cranks out 85 billion Obama dollars each month, and those Obama dollars are worth less than the red ink with which they're printed.
Nov 5, 2013 5:51PM
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Biggest problem in doing business

 

This should read; poorly educated youth as they do not possess math skills, many cannot speak or understand English as they are either illegal aliens or their language skills are poor as they are uneducated blacks, poor ethics (most people here are going to cheat you) and the biggest problem...............laziness; most people here would rather live off the tax dollars of the few that actually work.

Nov 5, 2013 9:56AM
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The top1% are spending literally Billions each year in Ads and Articles because they do care what others think. If they do nothing and lets us control the conversation, their status is at risk. The SuperRich are very much concerned about what the rest of us are thinking.
Nov 5, 2013 7:27PM
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For centuries Swiss banks have been the secretive repository for criminals' and tyrants' ill-gotten gains, including Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Stalin, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein, and more.  Since they hold everyone's money, they don't need an army.  They also have punitive, racist immigration laws that, if it were the United States, they would be angrily condemned by the rest of the world.  But they hold everyone's money.

 

Follow the money...

Nov 1, 2013 8:02AM
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The U.S.S.A. did not "rise" - the other economies fell. 
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Does this tell you anything??? Look who's at the wheel in thje losers.
Nov 1, 2013 10:07AM
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17 trillion of current debt and 100 trillion of unfunded looming socialist debt. Crunch those numbers you dumb A$$ democrats. 1/2 billion and 4 years can't even build a web page a high school class could. Just another drop in the bucket of 123,00$ per working American owed. Hope and change shovel ready jobs yes we can.
Nov 1, 2013 10:06AM
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With the Fed giving tax pay money away to the banks and wall street we have a nice

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Oct 31, 2013 9:43PM
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Debt. As a career lender (not a Loan Originator) arrogant temptation tops the list of fatal traits. Sadly, those most susceptible to it somehow end up managing those who grasp the power, the problem and the potential danger. It was never "money" to me, just the tool of my profession.

A student of ALL historic financial circumstances, I learned on the job while Bernanke read text in the classroom. Flat out... Volcker wins for throwing a wrench into the post-1979 inflation run-up, stalled by exceeding the Usury in most states with the Prime (lending) rate. Pretty tough to lend at 18% when the best street rate was 22%. It crushed greed, forced banks to snap out of delusions and cut the head off of inflation. Solon of Greece is runner up (632 BC) he decapitated merchants who sought to usurp royal authority through credit manipulation.

It's all conjecture now, but firing Bernanke and requiring banks to deal with a 18% Bank Rate would have crushed corruption and forced banks to deal directly with irresponsibly written credit. There would have been a 90% evaporation rate in business platforms and trashing of the MBA degree. Rightfully so.

We are heading into a really tough time. Expect gullible seniors to lose it and free enterprise to be brutal in securing turf from drop-shippers. While it doesn't seem possible right now- Lawyers, Accountants, Career Politicians, Bankers, Administrators and all "groups" get the Bill for this folly. Expect the figure to be outrageous and you won't be surprised. Doubt? Bad investment.

Nov 10, 2013 9:22AM
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The rich are doing great here in The U.S. but the people are struggling we are on the verge of Revolution I love my country but my Government no longer works for the people our Government does what it wants spends money how they want and the People are suffering I know we are not a 3rd world country but our Government is starting to run like we are.
Nov 5, 2013 7:14PM
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Just wait until you see the report on us in 2025 !  If you are not starving and broke or dead !
Nov 6, 2013 1:22AM
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Singapore is what the U.S. should have become, low taxes, low unemployment and virtually no welfare or crime.
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