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The Iraqi stock market

Feb 15, 2006
In the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, looters destroyed the Baghdad stock market. So the operation moved to a dusty hotel's back room. Now the exchange has relocated to a posh new $2 million headquarters in central Baghdad -- with 15-foot barriers to ward off car bomb attacks. Ben Gilbert reports from Baghdad.
Posted In: Investing

Merrill Lynch eyes BlackRock

Feb 13, 2006
Rumors are flying on Wall Street that Merrill Lynch hopes to acquire a large stake in money management firm BlackRock, in a deal that could be worth $8 billion. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Mailbag for February 10, 2006

Feb 11, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, advice on creating a credit history, building a retirement strategy and investing in a low-fee mutual fund.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Mind the infrastructure

Feb 9, 2006
There's been a boom in infrastructure construction in developing countries like China and India of late. Personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells Scott Jagow that the US needs to look after its own infrastructure if it wants to stay competitive.

The "Buzzword": A-Shares

Feb 4, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <em>Marketplace Money</em> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "A-SHARES." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Ahead of the Curve

Feb 4, 2006
Do you want to predict the stock market? What number should you care about? Unemployment rate? Consumer Confidence? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- author Joseph Ellis talks about the market's bottom line.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

The Chronicles of Enron

Feb 4, 2006
We all know the saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But workers are still way too invested in their own company's stock. MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston explains the danger of ignoring the lesson of Enron.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

David Johnson checks in

Feb 3, 2006
Tess Vigeland checks in with Dallas stock broker David Johnson to find out about the week on Wall Street.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Saving rate declines

Feb 2, 2006
The savings rate is as low as it's been since the Great Depression. But personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells host Scott Jagow that's not necessarily bad news.
Posted In: Economy

Hedge fund dropouts

Jan 31, 2006
You've probably heard about hedge funds. They're basically fancy mutual funds for rich people and institutions. Not long ago, anybody with a Bloomberg terminal and a couple wealthy friends could start one. Many left traditional jobs on Wall Street for the promise of spectacular profits. But some say the glory days may be drawing to an end. And many who struck out on their own are now returning to the fold. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street