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A new kind of holiday light

Alex Cohen | Dec 19, 2005
LED lights, which operate on a semiconductor chip rather than filmament, cost more than traditional lights, but last longer. More holiday decorators are opting for longevity over short-term savings, as Alex Cohen reports.

Coffee for one

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 19, 2005
Hoping to recapture some of the market they lost to specialty coffee retailers, grocery store coffee brands are tailoring their offerings to single-serving consumption, a la Starbucks. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

New 'Squawk'

Janet Babin | Dec 19, 2005
CNBC's influential "Squawk Box" financial show gets a makeover starting today. Janet Babin looks at what fans of the show, such as Warren Buffet and Viacom's Sumner Redstone, can expect.

The busy Post Office

Alisa Roth | Dec 19, 2005
The US Postal Service is expecting to have its busiest day of the year today. Alisa Roth looks at just how busy, and how much money the Post Office is expecting to take in.

The happiness factor

| Dec 19, 2005
A new study out today dispels the notion that money buys happiness. As it turns out, it's apparently the other way around.

Look Ahead for December 16, 2005

| Dec 17, 2005
What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Immigration

| Dec 17, 2005
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Immigration reform is spreading like wildfire. But, Chris won't fan the flames.

"Day in the Work Life": The Lord of the Rings

| Dec 17, 2005
On today's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade time for money -- we exchange rings with a jewelry maker.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Doha

| Dec 17, 2005
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <em>Marketplace Money</em> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "Doha." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

The Mailbag for December 16, 2005

| Dec 17, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on finding socially responsible funds, setting up a household budget, and investing the holiday bonus.
Posted In: Investing

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