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Finding the 'missing class'

Tess Vigeland | Oct 5, 2007
General Motors employees are voting on a deal that got them back to work after a two-day strike, part of which involves big pay and benefit cuts. Tess talks about it with Katherine Newman, co-author of "The Missing Class."
Posted In: Books

So animated, they're virtually there

| Oct 5, 2007
One of the many benefits of online shopping is the safe haven it provides away from pushy, overly polite salespeople. But Mike Rhee reports that thanks to some technology, we may slowly be kissing that convenience goodbye.
Posted In: Retail

Marketplace Money Mailbag

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Oct 5, 2007
How fast can economics editor Chris Farrell go? Find out in this third installment of the Mailbag speed round. Chris also covers advising college freshmen on personal finance and dealing with Roth IRA income limits.

Uncle Sam really wants to hire you

Steve Henn | Oct 5, 2007
It may seem like job cuts are everywhere, but there's one employer whose staff is healthy and growing. Steve Henn delves into the pros and cons of working for the government.
Posted In: Jobs

Are You a Quant?

Chris Farrell | Oct 5, 2007
Andrew Lo is a finance economist and quant jock at MIT. I follow his work closely, and check in on his website every once in awhile to see what he...

Straight Story: Moral investing

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Oct 5, 2007
Socially responsible investing is hot, hot, hot. And Chris Farrell says one of the best ways to invest responsibly is by putting your money into frontier markets.

Buzzword: Big bath

| Oct 5, 2007
Have you ever made bad news seem better by first making it seem worse? You should work for Wall Street.

To: Audience; Subject: No e-mail Fridays

Rico Gagliano | Oct 5, 2007
Today was the first of Intel's Zero E-Mail Fridays, when workers are supposed to take time to actually talk to each other -- face-to-face. Other companies have similar policies. The Marketplace Players think it might take some workers a while to adapt.
Posted In: Jobs

So, economists, about the job numbers...

Steve Tripoli | Oct 5, 2007
What's it mean for the economy that 110,000 jobs were created last month and unemployment ticked up to 4.7%? Steve Tripoli asked economists for some clarity in the Labor Department figures. But, well, they're economists.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

GE's big move to compact flourescents

Sarah Gardner | Oct 5, 2007
General Electric is turning out the lights at seven of its incandescent light-bulb factories in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico. It's part of GE's campaign to get rid of slow-growing, low-margin businesses. Sarah Gardner reports.