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Brazil Sets Trade Records, Due To Chinese Demand

Brazil's exports to China hit $44.3 billion, an increase of more than 43 percent over 2010. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as Brazil's biggest trading partner. For 2011, Brazil logged $256 billion in exports, with a $29.7 billion surplus.

Why Fear, Greed Block Successful Financial Planning

Financial adviser Carl Richards gave himself bad advice. During the housing boom, Richards bought a place in Las Vegas with no down payment. He then borrowed more money against his home, and when the economy tanked, he was forced to sell the house for less than the original loan. Richards talks to Linda Wertheimer about an article he wrote for The New York Times, which led to his new book Behavior Gap.

Smirnoff Introduces U.S. To 2 New Flavored Vodkas

Smirnoff is selling two new flavored vodkas: Fluffed Marshmallow and Whipped Cream. While trying to come up with the right formula, the company studied vanilla-scented laundry soap and candles that smell like cookies.

Airlines To Post Fees, Exxon Awarded $900 Million

Starting later this month, the Transportation Department is requiring airlines to advertise prices which include all of the non-optional fees. That way passengers know the full amount they'd have to pay for a ticket. And, Exxon Mobil received some disappointing news from an international panel arbitrating a dispute between it and Venezuela. The panel awarded Exxon only about $900 million. It had been seeking $7 billion.

2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.

In Brazil, Economic Opportunity Beckons Westerners

Brazil's economy is still going strong compared to the U.S. and Europe. The country's unemployment rate is just 6 percent — with companies looking overseas to fill top-end jobs.