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Where a Fed rate cut really matters

Sarah Gardner | Dec 16, 2008
When the Fed cuts interest rates, it's targeting the rate at which banks lend to each other. But in reality, banks lend to each other at rates much lower. Sarah Gardner explains what a prime rate is and why it affects us.
Posted In: Investing

Muni bonds fall out of favor

| Dec 12, 2008
Instability in the financial markets has investors viewing yesterday's safe bets with suspicious eyes. Host Tess Vigeland talks to USA Today's John Waggoner about the rush away from municipal bonds.
Posted In: Investing

Michelle Obama's style closely watched

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 3, 2008
There is big buzz about who's going to dress Michelle Obama for the inauguration. To help figure out what that might mean for clothing retailers, Kai Ryssdal talked with Kate Betts, editor-in-chief of Time's Style & Design.
Posted In: Retail

Once upon a recession...

Sean Cole | Dec 12, 2008
With the financial fallout hitting individuals and businesses hard, the B word is getting thrown around more and more. Marketplace's Sean Cole tells the bankruptcy story, starting with Chapter 7.

P&G ad managers team with Google

| Nov 19, 2008
Procter & Gamble Co. and Google have been swapping employees since the beginning of the year. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Ellen Byron from the Wall Street Journal about the unusual arrangement between the two.
Posted In: Internet

Fed drops rate to record low

Bob Moon | Dec 16, 2008
In a bold move to revive the economy, the Federal Reserve dropped the federal funds rate to 0.25%. Tess Vigeland talks with Bob Moon about the impact of the rate cut.
Posted In: Economy

Madoff scandal ripples through Europe

Stephen Beard | Dec 15, 2008
European banks are reacting to the Bernard Madoff scam with potential losses in the billions. Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland and France's BNP Paribas are just two examples. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

Layoffs quiet construction business

Tess Vigeland | Dec 16, 2008
In the face of a worsening economy, a small construction company in Oregon has laid off nearly all of its employees. Tess Vigeland speaks with Keith Knowles from Robert Knowles Construction about where his business goes from here.

U.S. resets terms for homeowner help

John Dimsdale | Nov 11, 2008
The government set new terms, including lower interest rates, for homeowners seeking relief from foreclosure, terms that will be adopted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Foreign investors move from dollar

Stephen Beard | Dec 16, 2008
In recent days, foreign investors have been moving away from the dollar, assuming the Fed will cut interest rates again. Stephen Beard explains why they no longer consider the U.S. an investment safety net.
Posted In: Investing



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