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Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 21, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Luxury hotels turn it up for extra stars

| Dec 21, 2007
Whatever weakness the economy's showing, luxury goods continue to sell. The top-end hotel market is booming with plush one-upsmanship. Alex Goldmark looked into reports of six- and even seven-star hotels.
Posted In: Travel

What has Martha wrought?

| Dec 21, 2007
Twenty-five years ago, before the perfect pie crust, the signature series at K-Mart and the minimum-security prison, there was Martha Stewart's first book, "Entertaining." After all this time, says commentator Peter Hyman, the lifestyle queen's best creation remains herself.

'The Squandering of America'

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 21, 2007
Author Robert Kuttner says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to answer for the latest hiccup in our economy. His new book, "The Squandering of America" looks at how the failure of our politics undermines our prosperity. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Economy

WaMu faces another mortgage probe

Jeremy Hobson | Dec 21, 2007
Washington Mutual, this country's biggest savings and loan, is the target of another investigation. This time it's the Securities and Exchange Commission that is looking into whether the S&L handled mortgages based on inflated home appraisals. Jeremy Hobson has more.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

A tale of two electronics retailers

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 21, 2007
Best Buy is going gangbusters. Circuit City's shares are down 75% so far this year, and things are expected to get worse. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on how two companies selling similar stuff have wound up in such different places.
Posted In: Retail

Saudi bailout draws UBS investors' ire

Jill Barshay | Dec 21, 2007
The Swiss bank UBS has sold a slice of itself to Singapore and to Saudi Arabia. Its shareholders in Europe are making a big fuss about the Saudi investment. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Retail

Finding A Financial Planner

Chris Farrell | Dec 21, 2007
Question: Help! How do I find a good financial planner? Someone who I can sit down with and show my entire portfolio, with stocks, IRAS, and real...

CIGNA criticized in death of teen

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Dec 21, 2007
Denied at first for a liver transplant by health insurer CIGNA, Nataline Sarkisyan, 17, lost a battle last night with leukemia. She passed away shortly after CIGNA had reconsidered its decision. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Health

With oil this cheap, why say no?

Dan Grech | Dec 21, 2007
Venezuela has agreed to sell oil to poor countries in the Caribbean and Central America at sweetheart rates. Dan Grech reports how the country's solid economic benefits mix with an offering of its ideology.