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Kris Eddy
September 8, 2012

Fools were out and about this past week in an investing world jam-packed with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.

Why America Should Applaud -- Not Condemn -- China's Growth
Fool analyst Dan Carroll makes the case that's what's good for China's economy is good for Americans. Increasing wealth among the Chinese will lead to increased demand for American goods and services, Dan argues, and this in turn will lead to jobs for Americans and investment by American companies. Less expensive Chinese imports into America, meanwhile, can save Americans money that they can spend on other things or save, Dan wrote.

Investors in American companies also stand to benefit from growth in the Chinese economy, Dan said. For instance, "American powerhouses Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) and General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) have stepped up efforts in the Asian nation, investing heavily in coal mining thanks to the nation's swelling energy demands," he wrote.

Read the article for all of Dan's insight.

1 Reason the Recovery Is So Slow
Fool analyst John Maxfield's article on "1 Reason the Recovery Is So Slow" seems to be resonating with visitors; it has more than 100 recommendations and more than 50 comments. John focuses on banks' role. "While deposits continue to rise, loans remain at precrisis levels," he wrote. "[A]s we learned when the credit markets seized in the depth of the financial crisis, business literally comes to a stop without credit greasing the wheels of commerce."

What's behind the sluggish lending? John identifies a hangover of toxic mortgages as