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Straight Story: Giving thanks

Nov 21, 2007
Chris Farrell thinks back on the financial stories he's been thankful for this year. On the list: the Fed chairman, the health insurance debate and pension reform.

Educating Rico: Lost in translation

Nov 21, 2007
Associate Producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series "Educating Rico." This time our hero takes a trip to the emergency room -- overseas.
Posted In: Travel

Vacation tip: Leave the laptop behind

Nov 21, 2007
Even when we go on vacation, we stay tethered to the office. Marketplace's Sam Eaton investigates why American workers have such a hard time cutting the cord.
Posted In: Jobs, Travel

Labor numbers positive, but suspect

Nov 21, 2007
The Labor Department reports that fewer people are applying for unemployment insurance. But Janet Babin reports the numbers could have been thrown off due to the holiday season's retail hiring.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

LEI's projection power pending

Nov 21, 2007
The index of leading economic indicators has been a strong tool for analysts to determine the likelihood of a recession. But Amy Scott reports the LEI coming out today might point to something else, if it matters at all.
Posted In: Economy

Poland needs workers to reach its goal

Nov 20, 2007
Poland will be hosting the European soccer championshps in 2012. It's such a big deal that construction on new roads and stadiums has already started. But who is going to do the work? Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Mortgage meltdown hits thrifts hard

Nov 20, 2007
The Office of Thrift Supervision reported today that earnings for the nation's savings and loans plunged 84 percent in the third quarter. Yep, more mortgage problems. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy

Fed pulls back curtain, Wall St. reacts

Nov 20, 2007
The Federal Reserve followed up on its announcement of increased openness by releasing the minutes of its last meeting. That led to a volatile day on Wall Street, as traders sought to figure out which way the Fed is leaning on interest rates. Bob Moon reports on the action with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Fannie starts to show its cracks

Nov 20, 2007
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reports its earnings today. Along with Freddie Mac, the company has been riding out defaults that have hit its bottom line. Dan Grech reports on what this could mean for the U.S. taxpayer.
Posted In: Housing

The Fed becomes less reserved

Nov 20, 2007
The Federal Reserve will be sharing more information with the public when it releases the minutes today for last month's meeting. Nancy Marshall Genzer tells us what the Fed added and whether critics are appeased.
Posted In: Economy

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