Fools were out and about this 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.

The Best Stocks for World Domination
Do me a favor. Hunch your shoulders, rub your hands together greedily, and give me your best evil laugh. Twirl one end of your handlebar mustache, and you're ready to dive into Fool editor and writer Dan Caplinger's take on the best stocks for world domination.

"One of the U.S.'s most valuable exports is its cultural influence on the rest of the world," Dan wrote. And brand strength supports international expansion, especially when rising standards of living let more and more people spend on non-necessities.

Dan has a handy chart showing the emerging-market presence of seven powerhouse U.S. companies, including Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) and Nike (NYSE: NKE). Check out the article to see how you don't necessarily have to go outside America's borders to profit from international economic growth.

The Death of Bailouts?
Fool Ilan Moscovitz gave us a detailed look at the Troubled Asset Relief Program, just days before it's set to expire.

"TARP, which invested hundreds of billions of dollars in everyone from community banks, to Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), to traditional banks like US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), to GMAC and American Express (NYSE: AXP), was just a drop in the bucket," Ilan wrote. "The bulk of bailout funds took the form of lending to banks and buying up bank assets."

Read the article for the full rundown on what happened and what's going to happen.

Oracle: Genius or Unbelievably Stupid?
Fool contributor Tim Beyers' article on Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison was one of the most popular this week on In case you missed it, here's some of what Tim had to say about Ellison's intention to begin "buying chip companies."

"Ellison would rather control the design and development of all the products Oracle sells and in the process become more like Apple," Tim wrote. Ellison "wants a chip-design team working on custom database hardware that blows away anything IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Teradata (NYSE: TDC) can come up with."

With help from Fool contributor Anders Bylund, Tim looked at three companies Oracle might pursue. Head to the article to read all about it.

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American Express is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Apple, Nike, and Teradata are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. The Fool owns shares of and has written covered calls on Procter & Gamble, which is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool also owns shares of Apple, IBM, and Oracle.

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