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Features by Alisa Roth

How will China's auto changes affect U.S. carmakers?

Soon, Chinese buyers of small vehicles will lose a big government tax incentive. On top of that, Beijing's city hall is cutting the number of license plates issued to reduce congestion. What does this mean for American automakers angling for a piece of the action in China? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

Investors more confident about retail companies

Investors, like private equity firms, are eyeing companies like Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Prices are still low and there's signs that the economy is slowly, but surely, in recovery.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, Retail, Wall Street

Ernst & Young may face fraud lawsuit over Lehman audits

There are reports that New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will file a civil fraud lawsuit against accounting firm Ernst and Young over its role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Alisa Roth reports.

Do we really know how many foreclosures are out there?

Marketplace's Alisa Roth looks into why foreclosure figures vary so widely from source to source.
Posted In: Housing

What's in an area code?

Your area code can say a lot about you: where you are, how long you've been there, if you're using a cell phone or a landline. But now, as more and more people get phones, the number of area codes are increasing. How does that change the area code culture? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: New York

More subprime borrowers got auto loans in 3Q

A survey showed that there were more subprime borrowers of auto loans in the third quarter. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports on what that uptick may tell us about the auto industry and the economy.
Posted In: Auto

What's a realistic 'normal' unemployment rate?

The unemployment rate in the U.S. has been stuck for a while now at just under 10 percent. Our pre-Great Recession rate was around 5 percent. Is it realistic to believe we can get back to that rate now, though? Alisa Roth explains that we may have to get used to a 'new normal.'
Posted In: Jobs

New York City prepares for a taxi over-haul

For the first time, New York will have a fleet of taxis that are designed for their rigorous job. But as the choices are narrowed down to the top three contenders, what exactly are taxi passengers looking for? Alisa Roth has more.
Posted In: Transportation

Facebook unfriended me

I lost a friend on Facebook yesterday. Like any snubbed amiga, I was positive it was a mistake. I double- and triple-checked. But it was true. I...
Posted In: Facebook, friends, not news

Chrysler's revving its engine with remodels

Carmaker Chrysler is getting ready to reboot, thanks to new owner Fiat and a fleet of revamped versions of old favorites. Will it be enough to get people to buy? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

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