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Markets adapt quickly to Islamic finance

Stephen Beard | Mar 4, 2008
The market for financial products that conform to Islamic rules is expected to grow by up to 15% a year. Financial centers around the world are scrambling to get in on it. Stephen Beard reports from Dubai.

Natural riches are blessing and curse

| Mar 4, 2008
So Egypt wants to start a new gold rush. But commentator Robert Reich says there's a cost to striking it rich.

Egypt's new gold rush

Amy Scott | Mar 4, 2008
Gold prices in Egypt keep hitting record highs, but until now, Egypt has largely missed out on the gold boom. Amy Scott reports on the opening of the country's first major modern gold mine.

Corporations threaten democracy

Kai Ryssdal | Mar 3, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says American corporations are run more like totalitarian states than pillars of democracy. He hopes they can restore their reputations as forces of economic good. Last in a series.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

A $5 facelift gives Lincoln more color

Tess Vigeland | Mar 3, 2008
A redesigned $5 bill will be issued on March 13 with enhanced security features that make the bill harder to counterfeit and easier to authenticate. Tess Vigeland talks to Professor Stephen Mihm about what the changes will look like.
Posted In: Economy

GAO report: Hidden bank fees rising

Jeff Tyler | Mar 3, 2008
A new report from the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, finds that bank fees are on the rise and are becoming more hidden. Jeff Tyler reports how consumers can uncover hidden costs before they open new accounts.
Posted In: Savings

Can Chavez afford war with Colombia?

Dan Grech | Mar 3, 2008
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sent troops to the Colombia border in response to the country's killing of a top rebel leader in Ecuador. Dan Grech reports Venezuela's economic dependence on Colombia makes war with the country a costly proposition.

Commodities rise as dollar falls

Bob Moon | Mar 3, 2008
Oil and gold prices reached new records as the dollar sank to its lowest value in 35 years against six other major currencies. With more interest-rate cuts ahead, Bob Moon reports on when commodity prices might reach their peak.

Pentagon's Europe deal angers Boeing

John Dimsdale | Mar 3, 2008
The Pentagon has picked EADS, the parent company of Europe's Airbus, for a massive refueling tanker aircraft contract. The announcement was a blow to the U.S. bidder Boeing, which has been making tankers for the Air Force for 50 years. John Dimsdale reports.

Monitoring Financial Institutions

Chris Farrell | Mar 3, 2008
Question: In tough times like these, how do I monitor the health of my insurance company and bank? Sure the bank is FDIC insured but getting money...
Posted In: banking