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Conversations from the Corner Office

| Dec 15, 2006
Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz talks about providing health insurance to employees who work part time. The Seattle based company now spends more money on health care than coffee.

The tip off

| Dec 15, 2006
Here's another thing you might have to budget for this holiday season: tips. Jeff Tyler reports.

Mailbag for Friday, December 15, 2006

| Dec 15, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: using a 529 account, investing in I bonds, and finding the best mutual fund account.

Getting that crunching sound juuust right

Kyle James | Dec 15, 2006
Why do we buy one product instead of another? We usually like the way it looks or tastes or. . . sounds. Sound design and branding are becoming increasingly important in a crowded marketplace. Kyle James reports.
Posted In: Canada

Golden Globes surprises

| Dec 15, 2006
The 64th Golden Globes nominees were announced yesterday. Host Doug Krizner asks Variety senior editor Stuart Levine about the highlights and whether those nods easily convert to dollars.
Posted In: Entertainment

Translation: Let markets determine the yuan's value

Ruth Kirchner | Dec 15, 2006
Ben Bernanke got out his best Fed-Chairman-speak to call for what most U.S. officials want: a rise in the value of China's currency. Ruth Kirchner reports.
Posted In: Canada

Almost 10 hours a day

Dan Grech | Dec 15, 2006
Americans now spend 9.5 hours a day consuming some form of media according to new data from the Census Bureau. The numbers keep going up — but the mix is changing. Dan Grech has details.

Retirement crisis in the making

Lisa Napoli | Dec 15, 2006
A new study commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce reveals that most people don't have enough money saved for retirement — and that's going to affect U.S. financial markets. Lisa Napoli explains.

Inflation watch: CPI out today

Alisa Roth | Dec 15, 2006
The consumer price index today basically tells us how much it costs to live, and it's considered a pretty good indicator of what's happening with inflation. Alisa Roth has this preview.
Posted In: Economy

Dollar coin redux

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 15, 2006
This week back in 1978, the U.S. Mint introduced the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. It never caught on, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. Mint from trying. . . and trying. Stacey Vanek-Smith has the history.