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A new way to get a loan

Amy Scott | Jul 4, 2007
People create financial independence under various definitions. Amy Scott takes a look at a new way to borrow and lend that doesn't slap on usurious interest charges.

You, too, could be a global microlender

Tess Vigeland | Jul 4, 2007
Looking for a new way to invest? How about lending to a business on the other side of the world? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof did, and traveled to meet his beneficiaries. He talks to Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Investing

Investing newfound fortune at home

Miranda Kennedy | Jul 4, 2007
Here's a sure way to gain financial independence: Win the lottery! One lucky lotto player took his winnings to the bank and to his hometown of Battagram, Pakistan. Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Investing

Kids, you should know ... we're loaded

Sean Cole | Jul 4, 2007
A survey of rich moms and dads found that they tend to avoid discussing their wealth with their children -- possibly to the kids' detriment. Sean Cole reports on this problem many of us wish we had.
Posted In: Investing

Happy 4th! Please return your kegs

| Jul 4, 2007
Keg thieves are tapping into the beer industry's collective bottom line, siphoning off over $40 million a year, into scrap metal mostly. The Beer Institute's Jeff Becker tells us how they're making off with so many empty kegs, and what's being done about it.
Posted In: Crime, Entertainment

Don't buy your plane ticket just yet...

Amy Scott | Jul 4, 2007
Airfares have been sky-high this summer travel season. Luckily some new websites have cropped up recently to help you figure out when to buy for the best bargain. Amy Scott checks them out.
Posted In: Science, Travel

Firecracker fun made in China

John Dimsdale | Jul 4, 2007
Fireworks are as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, except that almost all of them are made in China. So how do we know if they're safe? The industry acted to defuse that issue nearly 20 years ago, but it's not failsafe, John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Retail

Private equity has a new place to stay

Scott Jagow | Jul 4, 2007
The Blackstone Group is planning an extended stay in the hotel biz. It announced last night that it's buying Hilton Hotels for $26 billion, the latest and certainly greatest evidence of private equity's rising interest in hospitality.
Posted In: Travel, Wall Street

Freedom of information overload

John Dimsdale | Jul 4, 2007
The Freedom of Information Act requires the federal government to release unclassified documents. That'd be great if people were always getting them. A new study has found a mounting backlog of unanswered requests, John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Tequila puts agave on the hog cycle

Dan Grech | Jul 4, 2007
Back in the late '90s, tequila made such a big splash in U.S. pop culture that it drove up the price of agave, the spiky plant used to make Mexico's national liquor. The events that followed tell an age-old story in agriculture. Dan Grech explains.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Mexico