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From the Money Matters Desk: Meet the Gaos

| Jan 13, 2006
Tango Gao owns an ad agency. His wife, Isabella, works for a German shipping company. Their only daughter takes piano, English, and ballet lessons. The Gao's represent the newly rich in China. <em>Marketplace's</em> Scott Tong spent time with the family and joins Kai for a conversation on the Gao's budget and bottom-line.
Posted In: Investing

The ABCs of Staying Competitive

| Jan 13, 2006
What does it take to compete against one of the fastest growing economies in the world? A group of students in a Chicago classroom know the answer to that question. And they'll tell you in Mandarin. Diantha Parker reports.
Posted In: Economy

The Chinese Version of Us

| Jan 13, 2006
Kai Ryssdal, visits a Chinese radio show that does something we do every weekend -- dole out the do's and don't of investing, spending, and saving money -- with some slight differences.

A big honkin' settlement for AIG

Alisa Roth | Jan 13, 2006
Last May, the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the insurance giant AIG, accusing AIG of fudging its accounting to make its results look better than they were. Now, a settlement may be in the works. Alisa Roth tells us how more than $1 billion may wipe the slate clean.
Posted In: Wall Street

Maryland to Wal-Mart: Provide healthcare!

Helen Palmer | Jan 13, 2006
Maryland just passed a bill mandating that big employers provide healthcare to workers - or pay the state. Of the four companies in Maryland that fit the bill, only Wal-Mart doesn't already offer healthcare to virtually all workers. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health

The crowded race for majority leader

John Dimsdale | Jan 13, 2006
The field of Representatives vying for Tom Delay's old job as House majority leader grew today. Arizona Rep. John Shadegg entered the race, joining contenders Roy Blunt and John Boehner. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, all 3 are vowing to reform lobbying practices established by Delay. John Dimsdale reports.

Inflated fears about inflation?

| Jan 13, 2006
The Labor Department announced today that the Producer Price Index, which tracks what manufacturers and stores pay, climbed 5.4&#37; last year - the biggest jump in 15 years. So why is Gus Foucher of Moody's so calm?
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Math is fun

| Jan 13, 2006
Writer and commentator Peter Coy waxes rhapsodic about the joys of "doing the numbers."

David Johnson checks in

| Jan 13, 2006
Dallas stockbroker checks in with host Cheryl Glaser about the week on Wall Street.
Posted In: Wall Street

Profile: Chinese autoworker

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 13, 2006
Jocelyn Ford recently spent the day with a worker at an autoparts factory in Chongqing, China. She's a 35-year-old grinding machine operator working at Duke Industries. She lives in a small 2-bedroom apartment, but she's dreaming big...