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Report: Wal-Mart same as competitors

Jan 9, 2008
Wal-Mart is often criticized as the destroyer of local economies when it moves to town. But a report by the Minneapolis Fed says Wal-Mart is "no different than any other new business." Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Retail

Huckabee tax plan would be a disaster

Jan 8, 2008
A nationwide poll has former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in first place among Republican primary voters. Commentator Len Burman says that makes you wonder how many people have heard about his tax plan.
Posted In: Taxes

'Prime' homeowners may get help too

Jan 8, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said today the Bush administration may expand a program currently aimed at subprime borrowers to assist those with conventional, or "prime," mortgages. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

What, exactly, is the middle class?

Jan 7, 2008
In recent weeks, presidential candidates have shifted their emphasis toward traditional middle-class issues such as health care and the economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jim Kessler, founder of the think tank Third Way, about who makes up the middle class today.
Posted In: Economy

Lenders get tougher with businesses

Jan 7, 2008
Many companies took out big loans before the economic downturn and are running into trouble on their payments. Now, as they're crawling back to their lenders asking for help, the lenders are playing tough. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy

Learning from 2007's financial trends

Jan 7, 2008
Growth stocks did better than value stocks, big companies outperformed smaller ones and foreign stocks pummeled U.S. stocks. How will these trends from last year affect Fortune's Allan Sloan? Scott Jagow finds out.

Mission: Spend family riches this way

Jan 5, 2008
More and more families, especially wealthy ones, are writing mission statements to structure how future generations manage their holdings. And wealth-management firms are getting involved. Sean Cole reports.

The joys of a paid sabbatical

Jan 4, 2008
It may be rare, but there are companies in the U.S. that offer their employees extended time off with pay. If you don't get a sabbatical, why not ask for one? Jeff Tyler explores how.
Posted In: Jobs

Putting in a great encore performance

Jan 4, 2008
More of us are finding out we either can't afford to stop working for retirement or don't really want to. So what happens next? Tess Vigeland talks to Marc Freedman, who wrote a book about working through the "second half" of life.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

You don't have to buy just to look

Jan 4, 2008
Just because you can't afford the house doesn't mean you can't go window shopping. Cash Peters went perusing multimillion-dollar houses for fun, and found out that he wasn't the only big dreamer.
Posted In: Housing