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Americans just aren't saving

| Feb 9, 2007
Spend, not save. That seems to be the mantra of the American consumer. Kai speaks with economist Peter Morici about the dwindling savings rate among Americans.
Posted In: Savings

Should you pay off your mortgage early?

| Feb 9, 2007
What's better: paying off your mortgage quickly or building other financial investments? Kai Ryssdal talks to Smart Money's Bob Rose about what makes the most sense for you.
Posted In: Investing

Making the PC / Mac swap

| Feb 9, 2007
Cash Peters has a PC. But should he buy a Mac? He investigates the pros and cons of doing a computer swap.

Budgeting your global footprint

| Feb 9, 2007
You don't have to spend a lot to lower your energy consumption. From North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

How to raise the money question

| Feb 9, 2007
Most workers would prefer a root canal to asking their boss for a raise. So we decided to find out how to make that conversation less painful. Tess Vigeland reports on the do's and don't's of preparing for the money talk.
Posted In: Jobs

Cracking Britain's chewing gum market

Scott Jagow | Feb 9, 2007
Wrigley has a stranglehold on the U.K's chewing gum market, but Cadbury Schweppes has spent the past year formulating a plan — and gum — to win over British consumers.
Posted In: Retail

Long wait for video download profits

| Feb 9, 2007
Amazon, TiVo and Wal-Mart are among the companies jockeying for the lead in the movie download business, but Daily Variety's Mike Speier says it's going to be a long time before they're making money at it.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Scam alert: Struggling homeowners beware

Steve Tripoli | Feb 9, 2007
Con artists have found a new way to prey on nervous homeowners in danger of losing their properties. It's called a foreclosure release scam, and there are some sure danger signs to look for.
Posted In: Crime, Housing

Alcatel-Lucent cutting 12,500 jobs

Alisa Roth | Feb 9, 2007
Growing pains at the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment: Alcatel-Lucent announced today that it will lay off even more workers than anticipated. And don't look for a quick turnaround.
Posted In: Jobs

Three cheers for the bus owner

Stephen Beard | Feb 9, 2007
U.K. investors applauded news that a British company will buy Laidlaw, America's biggest private operator of school buses. But it already owns the No. 2 carrier so there could be regulatory roadblocks ahead.
Posted In: Canada