Weekly Roundup: Drought, China and the World Economy

Here are some stories you may have missed this week:

The drought forecast  says the U.S. drought is still going strong. (Financial Times)

The latest Economist debates asks, will the world economy be in better shape in 2013 than 2012?  (The Economist)

Are smartphones China’s next great economic indicator? (Fortune)

Check out 11 must-read books for beginning traders (Mint)

Infographic: What are some new year resolutions to get your nest egg in shape? (Wall Street Journal)

Debbie Carlson has focused on commodities for much of her writing career. She spent more than a decade at Dow Jones covering the Chicago-based futures exchanges. As a Dow Jones editor, she worked closely with The Wall Street Journal and Barron's in planning commodities coverage.

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