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Do you think we are in danger of ignoring a slowdown in the BRIC nations when one or all of the BRIC countries come to a halt?

We are in grave danger of ignoring a slowdown in BRIC nations when one or all of the BRIC countries come to a halt. We do not consider the BRIC countries? economies seriously. We are more conserved about what happens to our economy but we do not realize that our economy is somehow connected to the economies of BRIC countries. The connection is not apparent at first. We are concerned about our GDP growth. The GDP can growth if its components ...

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The answer to this problem explains how some countries have achieved high economic growth. The references related to the answer are also included.

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A paper detailing why the US dollar might be replaced as the world's reserve currency by the Euro or the IMF's Special Drawing Rights.

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