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CEOs in China

| May 19, 2005
The U.S. Treasury Department today named a special envoy to China. Washington's trying to press Beijing to adopt economic reforms and a more flexible currency. Meanwhile, back in Beijing, about 500 chief executives and other businessmen hob-nobbed at the Global Forum, staged by Fortune magazine. It's a big enough deal that China's president took time to drop by. He told the CEO's that China's growing economic power is a benign force for global prosperity. Commentator and trade expert Clyde Prestowitz says it's time for CEOs to form a force of their own.
Posted In: Canada

Fleet Street's new bankers

| May 19, 2005
All week long, we're examining the financial world with a wide-angle lens. Today, our 'think global' series takes us to the world's biggest center of international finance. And no, it's not Wall Street. It's much closer to Fleet Street, at least geographically. Back when Britain ruled the waves, many of the strings were pulled by bankers in the City of London. The spiritual descendants of those bowler-hatted bankers still run the city today. But as Marketplace's Stephen Beard tells us, their accents aren't what they used to be.
Posted In: Canada

Home loans

| May 19, 2005
Bank regulators are advising lenders not to play so fast and loose in granting home loans. Why all the fuss now? Host Kai Ryssdal gets the scoop from Marketplace's money expert Chris Farrell.

French resistance

| May 19, 2005
In this morning's edition of Public Radio's "Think Global" series, we examine a country with serious reservations about a global economy: France. A referendum there this weekend will give the French the opportunity to vent their concerns about America's free market approach to doing business.
Posted In: Canada

Sports fans gone wild

| May 19, 2005
At sporting events these days there seems to be more action in the bleachers than in the actual game. What's with all the feuding fans? Host Lisa Napoli talks to Marketplace's business of sports commentator David Carter about how the big money surrounding sports may be an instigator.

The principles of hedonics

| May 18, 2005
Government statistics show consumer prices are holding pretty steady. But, go into any mall in the country, and most consumers will tell you otherwise. Gretchen Cook asks, 'what is up with inflation?'
Posted In: Wall Street

Commentary: CAFTA

| May 18, 2005
Commentator and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich sounds off on how lawmakers can win support for the Central American Trade Agreement by just tweaking some of the rules.

Trusting the U.S.

| May 18, 2005
Host David Brown talks to global business guru and professor Prabhu Guptara about what the rest of the world thinks of American business practices.
Posted In: Canada

Electronic Entertainment Expo

| May 18, 2005
Curt Nickisch sneaks off to the Electronic Entertainment Expo to check out the coolest new video games and gadgets you may be seeing during the holiday season this year.
Posted In: Wall Street

Airlines & competition

| May 18, 2005
Business travelers are taking a harder look at the bottom line when they fly. That's forced airlines to cut costs. But one place they're not trimming back are the posh travelers' clubs at airports. Curt Nickish explains why. Then, airline cost cutting has left some empty gates at airports. And as Marketplace's Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa tells us, that's led to more competition... and lower fares.

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