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Have you received your share of the $62 billion in tax refunds paid out so far this year? You might be feeling a bit disappointed; the same number at this time last year was $101 billion. But treat yourself to something special anyway, just for getting that tax return in nice and early.

Finally, for those of you who made it this far, here's the latest on the World Bank leadership front: Lebanese investment banker Ziad Hayek is contesting David Malpass's nomination to be the new president of the World Bank Group. So far, however, there's still no real heavyweight opposition.