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PODCAST: How safe are bonds?

Dec 31, 2013
Stocks were on a roll this year. Does it follow that it's time to turn to bonds? Also, on Jan. 1, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act goes into effect in Illinois.

PODCAST: Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

Dec 30, 2013
The Dow is up by 29 percent for the year on this penultimate day of trading for 2013. And, Sprint's CEO talks fast data, HD phone calls, "The Three Little Pigs," and a potential T-Mobile merger.

PODCAST: The Weather Channel versus a weather channel

Dec 27, 2013
The taper pushes up the 10-year. California, Illinois, and Oregon are just three of the states changing their hands-free, cell phone driving rules next year. And, DirecTV has launched its own weather-related TV channel right next to the Weather Channel.

PODCAST: UPS's Christmas fail

Dec 26, 2013
UPS says the volume of packages exceeded its capacity and many customers didn't receive their deliveries on time. This month marks the third anniversary of the Arab Spring. And, as drivers increasingly take them off the putting green, sales of golf carts are expected to grow to $682 million this year.

PODCAST: Big data meets big sickness

Dec 25, 2013
Companies who want to make sure their products are in the right place at the right time to capitalize off of flu season are turning to social media. And, there’s a benefit to charitable giving beyond the warm and fuzzy holiday spirit -- such donations can shave a bit off the year’s tax bill.

PODCAST: Bleak prospects in the new year for the long-term unemployed

Dec 24, 2013
Long-term unemployment has not been this high for this long since World War II. And, Netflix comes out with its first original kids' program.

PODCAST: The first health care sign up deadline approaches

Dec 23, 2013
Who are the people who waited until the last minute to sign up for health insurance? Happy 100th birthday, Federal Reserve. And, holiday retail hiring is strong this year, but the vast majority of those jobs will disappear in the New Year.

PODCAST: Inside China's Bitcoin exchange

Dec 20, 2013
Adding some gross weight to gross domestic product. As negotiators continue work on a trans-Pacific trade deal, one of the sticking points is intellectual property. And, a visit to BTC China, which until this week was the trading epicenter for the Bitcoin economy.

PODCAST: Target gets hit by massive credit card theft

Dec 19, 2013
Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines. The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? And, generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.

PODCAST: Banks make chatrooms verboten for traders

Dec 18, 2013
JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank are prohibiting the use of some chat rooms amid ongoing investigations of currency manipulation. Ukraine is welcoming a $15 billion early holiday gift from Russia.

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