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Don't be sold on secret shoppers

| Sep 14, 2007
Some retailers now pay for "secret shoppers" to make sure their sales people are performing well. It's made the mystery-customer business an $800 million industry. But commentator Moira Manion, who works in retail sales, says it may not be money well spent.
Posted In: Retail

Sending a message to teen drivers

Lisa Napoli | Sep 14, 2007
California has become the 16th state to put limits on teenage drivers' use of electronic devices. But whether such actions by governments will also limit insurance rates is another matter entirely. Lisa Napoli reports.

UAW puts contract talks on GM

Alisa Roth | Sep 14, 2007
The contract between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's Big Three carmakers is set to expire tonight at midnight. With Ford and Chrysler voting to extend their contracts, the union has singled out General Motors for special attention. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto, Jobs

Helping Northern Rock from going south

Stephen Beard | Sep 14, 2007
The Bank of England stepped in with an offer of emergency credit today to bail out Northern Rock, one of the U.K.'s biggest mortgage companies. Stephen Beard reports it's just the latest sign the global liquidity squeeze might not yet be contained.

Retirees, watch out for the 'free lunch'

Tess Vigeland | Sep 14, 2007
If there's one thing retirees can count on these days, it's offers of a free lunch -- and seniors are falling victim to the scam. To find out more about these free-lunch seminars, Tess talked with Patricia Struck, a securities regulator for the state of Wisconsin.
Posted In: Crime, Investing, Retirement

How to become an 'accidental landlord'

Tess Vigeland | Sep 14, 2007
The subprime mortgage mess has made it harder to buy and sell a home. But if you're already a homeowner, here's another option: Become what Kate Ashford of Money magazine calls an accidental landlord. She talks with Tess Vigeland.

Tess Vigeland's trash challenge

Tess Vigeland | Sep 14, 2007
Tess Vigeland takes a measure of how much garbage she sends to the landfill. Can she reduce her trash to zero after two weeks? And what about you? Are you up to the challenge?

A Quarter Point Cut?

Chris Farrell | Sep 14, 2007
Economists are almost unanimous in their agreement that the credit crunch will translate into slower economic growth. The differences are in degree...

When's best time to stop the daily grind?

John Dimsdale | Sep 14, 2007
The Census Bureau reported this week that more Americans over the age of 65 are putting off retirement. But some choose to take their Social Security benefits early. John Dimsdale explores what might be the better option.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Buzzword: Commercial paper

| Sep 14, 2007
Corporate America often relies on commercial paper to keep it going. But many issuers stopped producing these short-term loans when the subprime debaucle settled in.
Posted In: Economy