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Inverted yield curve

John Dimsdale | Dec 27, 2005
A rare economic phenomenon occurred today - the yield curve on Treasury Bills inverted. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has more on what that means - and why it's not a good sign for the American economy.
Posted In: Economy

Guidant troubles

Helen Palmer | Dec 27, 2005
Today, Boston Scientific said it will continue with plans to acquire rival medical device maker Guidant, despite Guidant's profit warning last week. Also, Guidant is in more trouble with the FDA - it sent a letter to the company today about problems at a Guidant facility. Marketplace's Helen Palmer explains.
Posted In: Health

TiVo ratings

| Dec 27, 2005
Tomorrow, Nielsen will release its first ever ratings for DVRs - TiVos and other digital video recorders. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Ira Teinowitz of Ad Age about why the ratings are so important for advertisers.

Sugar daddies

Dan Grech | Dec 27, 2005
This week Cuba celebrates the 47th anniversary of its Communist revolution. And 14 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has found a new sponsor for the revolution. Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

Exxon's future

| Dec 27, 2005
Lee Raymond, chairman of Exxon Mobil, retires at the end of this year after nearly 15 years at the top of the biggest oil companym and some analysts are worried that Rex Tillerson, the incoming boss, can't fill Raymond's oversized boots. Writer and commentator Vijay Vaitheeswaran says Exxon may well be in trouble, but not because Lee Raymond is leaving.

NYU Stern School

| Dec 27, 2005
If you were a menu, what kinds of dishes would you offer? You've probably never thought about it... unless you happen to have applied to New York University's Stern School of Business. At Stern, getting in to business school means thinking outside the box of GRE scores and personal statements. Laura Spero reports.

Hershey's kisses

| Dec 27, 2005
In the next few weeks, money allocated by Congress will begin flowing to its target projects. One of those earmarks is for research on cocoa and coffee disease. From WHYY in Philadelphia, Joel Rose tells us why, for some budget watchdogs, the program has the sweet smell of pork.

Charitable giving

| Dec 27, 2005
If you're still looking for a write-off on your 2005 taxes, you've got five more days to find one. For most folks, the most common tax write-off is a charitable contribution. But philanthropy advisor and commentator Eric Kessler warns you should look before you give.

Acai

| Dec 27, 2005
Looking to change your diet after all that holiday binge eating? There's a new fruit out there creating a buzz in the health food industry. It's full of vitamins, amino acids and iron. And it's turning out to be full of earning power as well. Dan Konecky has more.

Lousy tech

Jeff Tyler | Dec 27, 2005
Have electronic gadgets become too sophisticated? Seems like every hi-tech feature on a new smart phone comes at the expense of an hour-long phone call to technical support. And that's where most companies drop the ball. Surveys show that most consumers generally think customer service needs improvement. And as Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports, poor service can translate into poor sales.

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