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Laptop prices expected to rise too

Lisa Napoli | May 8, 2008
While it seems the price of everything is rising, electronics -- computers in particular -- are getting more powerful and cheaper at the same time. But Lisa Napoli reports that's about to end.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Fannie, Freddie ease mortgage rates

Jill Barshay | May 8, 2008
Mortgage rates in some markets came down today, with banks offering certain jumbo loans at a little above 6% -- a lot cheaper than last week. Banks are loosening up on lending again because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a new strategy. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

House tables war spending bill

Steve Henn | May 8, 2008
The house put on hold a $195 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after some lawmakers questioned the way the money would be spent. Steve Henn reports on reactions to the move.

SEC tells investment banks: Come clean

| May 8, 2008
The Securities and Exchange Commission is stepping up its scrutiny of investment banks. After the Federal Reserve engineered the rescue of Bear Stearns, regulators want a little something in return. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Haitians blame U.S. for food shortages

| May 8, 2008
In Haiti, the price of rice, the country's main staple, has risen nearly 80 percent since September. In the poorest country in the world, that's especially painful. Reed Lindsay reports from Port-au-Prince.
Posted In: Economy

Best Buy gets stake in British retailer

| May 8, 2008
Best Buy has purchased a $2 billion stake in British retailer Carphone Warehouse. The two companies plan to open electronic superstores across Europe. This will be a first. From London, Stephen Beard has more.
Posted In: Retail

Toyota raising prices on Yaris, Camry

| May 8, 2008
Toyota reported a 28% drop in quarterly profit today. The Japanese car maker has steered clear of the auto industry's troubles so far. Now, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, Toyota will hike the prices on some popular models.
Posted In: Auto, Economy

Peanut farming and the food crisis

| May 8, 2008
Continuing our series on the worldwide food crisis, today we take a look at farmers who are taking advantage of the increased prices of commodities. Josephine Bennett reports from Georgia on the situation for peanut farmers.
Posted In: Economy

British airport security lapse exposed

Stephen Beard | May 8, 2008
A gaping loophole in British airport security has come to light: Criminal records checks are not being done for foreign employees. Marketplace's Stephen Beard in London explains the situation to host Scott Jagow.
Posted In: Crime, Travel

Early Retirement and Health Insurance

Chris Farrell | May 8, 2008
Question: My husband and I are planning on retiring at age 50 (we have approx 13 years left)...meaning we hope to quit our 8-5 corporate jobs and...