Features by Dan Grech

What to consider in brokerage merger

Troubled financial giant Citigroup is merging its Smith Barney brokerage arm with rival Morgan Stanley. It'll be the largest brokerage firm in the world. What should you do if one of those firms manages your funds? Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Gas prices sneaking back up again

The average price of a gallon of gas has jumped about 17 cents in the past month. The main factor in the price hike is a cut in refiners' supply. But Dan Grech reports the gas price hike could just be temporary.
Posted In: Oil

Obama meeting on Mexican issues

Mexico will be the first country to meet with incoming U.S. President Barack Obama. Top issues being brought to the table include NAFTA, immigration reform and battling Mexico's drug war. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Mexico

Fannie tries to cut renters some slack

When a landlord goes bust, the bank says bye-bye to their tenants. But a new Fannie Mae policy hopes to offer some relief to renters. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Housing

Cheap oil puts Venezuela over a barrel

High oil prices have kept Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez popular over the years. But with oil prices falling and a stack of bills piling up, the Venezuelan economy is at risk of collapsing. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Oil

More chronic illness in younger people

A new study says we're paying 40 percent more for out-of-pocket medical costs than a decade ago. A rise in chronic diseases earlier in life are partially to blame. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Health

Could Obama change Cuba policy?

Fifty years ago Fidel Castro took control of Cuba, and the island nation's relationship with the U.S. has been dicey ever since. President Bush took a hard stance on Cuba, but with a new administration coming in, could a change in policy follow? Dan Grech reports.

Colombia wants share of Starbucks

Starbucks hasn't had it so easy lately. The coffee giant recently announced it's closing 600 stores and its stock prices are down. Now, coffee growers from Colombia are after the espresso king. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Food

When athletes must part with the prize

Sometimes paying the bills means parting with something valuable. For professional athletes, that could mean pawning that hard-earned -- but quite bedazzled -- championship ring. Dan Grech reports what's for sale.
Posted In: Internet

Mortgage renegotiations: Do they work?

Mortgage statistics come out this morning that include numbers of homeowners renegotiating their mortgages. But are the loan modifications effective? Dan Grech reports why these loans have been criticized for not working.
Posted In: Housing


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