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Can a bank cry all the way to itself?

Tess Vigeland | Sep 29, 2007
Last year, banks made a fortune through fees from customers' overdraft charges. Exactly how much? Tess Vigeland talks with Leslie Parrish of the Center for Responsible Lending, who co-authored a study that puts the figure in the billions.
Posted In: Savings

Worker strike strikes workers

Bob Moon | Sep 28, 2007
The first nationwide strike against General Motors in 37 years came and went during the past week. Bob Moon looks back and reports on the effectiveness of strikes in this era of labor relations.
Posted In: Auto, Health, Jobs

Tess' trash challenge takes a bow

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 28, 2007
Marketplace will soon launch a special series looking at the American consumer economy -- why we keep buying as much stuff as we do, and whether or not its sustainable. Tess Vigeland took up the challenge early, and hauled around her own garbage for nearly two weeks.

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 28, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Keeping an eye on drug testers

Helen Palmer | Sep 28, 2007
Even after years of research and development, the FDA only gives its stamp of approval for a drug or device after a tough set of clinical trials. But a new report finds only a tiny fraction of tests get FDA scrutiny. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Greenspan: '50-50' chance of recession

Stephen Beard | Sep 28, 2007
Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan was famous for his hard-to-read comments on the economy -- but now that he's retired, he's warning that the U.S. economy could be headed for a slowdown. Stephen Beard reports on what European economists are predicting.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing

Are investors pumping up price of oil?

Jill Barshay | Sep 28, 2007
Oil hit yet another record high on the world market today, topping $83 a barrel. But experts say the price might be artificially inflated by investors flocking to oil as an investment hedge against a dollar in decline. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

When a cigar is more than a smoke

| Sep 28, 2007
Rachel Louise Snyder gets a crash course in the secret world of the ultimate cigar aficianado, with a visit to Jimmy Ng's exclusive cigar lounge located somewhere in the Regent Hotel in Singapore. Getting into the club isn't a question of wealth -- you've got to know Jimmy...

Service clubs get a Gen-X boost

Amy Scott | Sep 28, 2007
Service clubs have a long and proud tradition in this country. But since the 1980s, the clubs have been struggling to survive, competing against families, careers, and a healthy dose of cynicism. Now a resurgence of sorts seems to be developing -- Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Charity

Straight Story: Emotional investing

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Sep 28, 2007
Economics editor Chris Farrell wants to talk about passion. No no, hear him out -- he says that emotions aren't the enemy of reason when it comes to investing.