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The short end of the stick

Aug 12, 2011
The volatility in global markets has claimed is usual victim: the short seller....
Posted In: short sell

Asia's up

Aug 12, 2011
Or most of it, at least. At noon in Hong Kong, both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite were up more than one percent. The Nikkei was down...

Shooting the shorts (again)

Aug 12, 2011
You think the markets are going wild in the US? Things are so bad in Turkey, Greece and South Korea that regulators have curbed short sales....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Thornburg: The stock market is a drama queen

Aug 11, 2011
We wanted to know what you're thinking about all this market madness, but you're really hard to get on the phone!...

A preview of our live road show...

Aug 11, 2011
A preview for tomorrow's broadcast... We're going to go out on the road to see how real people are holding up what with the economic yo-yo-ing of...

OK, markets are up. But whither the economy?

Aug 11, 2011
US stock markets ended sharply higher today, setting the stage for more arguments between bears and bulls....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Market mayhem in an economic standstill

Aug 11, 2011
Are we in another crisis? The debate over the debt ceiling, and the subsequent downgrade of America's credit rating have sent the equity and bond...

Bargain hunters drive stocks higher

Aug 11, 2011
Warren Buffett may not have led the charge, but he was in the thick of the crowd of investors taking advantage of low share prices today....

Gold is a sneaky little item

Aug 11, 2011
The price of gold fell more than two percent today, as investors piled into the stock market seeking buying opportunities....
Posted In: gold

New Poet Laureate Philip Levine reads 'What Work Is'

Aug 10, 2011
The United States has a new poet laureate today. Philip Levine is his name. Born in Detroit, Levine's first job was on an assembly line there. We...
Posted In: poetry

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.