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Keeping a retirement income fund

Tess Vigeland | Dec 19, 2008
These days, you have to keep the money coming even through retirement. That's the thinking behind starting a retirement income fund. Tess Vigeland talks to Kiplinger's Bob Frick about how the fund works.
Posted In: Retirement

Straight Story: Nearing zero

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell | Dec 19, 2008
The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to a legendary new low. Is this good? Economics editor Chris Farrell tells Tess Vigeland the good that can come out of having a Federal interest rate at near-zero.

A guide to new credit card reforms

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Dec 19, 2008
This week, federal regulators rolled out the biggest overhaul the credit card industry has seen in decades. What does this mean for the average consumer? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports what will be changing -- and when.

Day in the Work Life: UPS driver

| Dec 19, 2008
Santa's job gets a lot easier when he enlists the help of a few tireless folks in brown polyester uniforms. UPS driver Fred Gourley says he has between 100 and 110 stops on an average work day.

Valuable gifts that don't cost a thing

| Dec 19, 2008
At the height of your economic frustration, you may have entertained the thought of avoiding debt altogether by not buying any holiday gifts. Some families are making that a reality in very positive ways. Jenee Darden reports.
Posted In: Retail

Obama makes the nativity scene

| Dec 19, 2008
What do President-elect Obama, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and France's Carla Bruni have in common? Marketplace's Megan Williams traveled to an outdoor market in Naples, Italy, to get the answer.

China deals with the pain of downturn

Scott Tong | Dec 19, 2008
The frail global economy has been hitting China hard. Marketplace's Shanghai correspondent Scott Tong discusses with Tess Vigeland how tougher times are raising questions about social unrest in an authoritarian country.
Posted In: Economy

Weekly Wrap: Bailout, cut and scheme

| Dec 19, 2008
Usually at the holidays the news slows down. But not this week. Katie Benner of Fortune Magazine, The New York Times's David Leonhardt and Tess Vigeland discuss the events that grabbed the headlines.

New packaging may end 'wrap rage'

Sarah Gardner | Dec 19, 2008
So-called "clamshell" packaging has helped deter store theft for years. But the plastic casing is notoriously hard to open. Now, relief is in sight. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Retail

Retailers are looking beyond Christmas

Jeremy Hobson | Dec 19, 2008
This is supposed to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. But many retailers have started advertising big after-Christmas sales. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retail