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Taco Bell benefits from shelling out

Amy Scott | Oct 29, 2007
The World Series is over, and because someone stole a base, Taco Bell will give away free tacos tomorrow. Amy Scott reports the cost of the promotion will be dwarfed by the payoff.
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Leverage and the Consumer

Chris Farrell | Oct 28, 2007
There is growing concern about consumer spending. High-yield expert Martin Fridson has put together an intriguing chart that lists junk bond...

A year without shopping

Tess Vigeland | Oct 26, 2007
Could you go 12 months without buying any new consumer goods? Tess Vigeland talks to a family who has accepted the challenge.

Does the term 'bubble' come to mind?

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 26, 2007
At a conference for programmers of applications for the social-networking website Facebook, the excitement seems eerily similar to a period about 10 years ago.

Straight Story: 401(k) diversification

| Oct 26, 2007
Contributing to your 401(k) and taking advantage of your company's matching funds is a retirement investment fundamental. Economics editor Chris Farrell says to remember the Marketplace Money Mantra: "Diversify, diversify, diversify."

More docs pass on insurance

Sam Eaton | Oct 26, 2007
Hand over your insurance card and some doctors might say "No Thanks." Sam Eaton takes a look at one of a growing number of physicians who prefer cash.

Marketplace Money mailbag

| Oct 26, 2007
Chris Farrell and Lisa Napoli answer questions submitted by listeners.

Buzzword: Rescission

| Oct 26, 2007
Some insurers use recissions to cut and run from contracts -- but California regulators have something to say about that.

Work Life: Fire behavior analyst

| Oct 26, 2007
We revisit Mike Powell, a fire behavior analyst. It's his job to predict how wildfires will burn. We found him sizing up a blaze in Idaho.

New push to boost 401(k) participation

| Oct 26, 2007
New guidelines from the Labor Department instruct companies to automatically enroll employees in 401(k) plans. Lisa Napoli speaks with David Wray, president of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America about the implications.