Picture an average Israeli family who have just bought an apartment in the suburbs. Imagine their new home, along with the entire neighbourhood, was built by the same company that made the cement for the construction site.
China's trade surplus shot up to $31.5bn in July - the biggest in more than two years - on the back of surprising export strength, signalling that the global economy is more resilient than investors have feared in recent weeks.
The only good thing about the continuing barrage of bad economic news is that it could have been worse: all three rating agencies could have downgraded the US, stock markets could have fallen further and the US could have defaulted on its debt.
Analysis: United States gets closer to losing its AAA rating
The United States took a step closer to losing its coveted triple-A credit rating over the weekend as a political impasse in Washington reduced hopes of an agreement to meaningfully cut the nation's budget deficit.
The cost of placing ads on Facebook is rising rapidly as more big brands begin to move their television and print spending on advertising onto the world's largest social network, two recent reports have revealed.
The logjam of initial public offerings is building in Europe, after almost $10bn of flotations were shelved in the first half of the year due to market volatility and investors' disillusionment with recent listings.