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Features by Jill Barshay

Infrastructure investment is building

Morgan Stanley announced today it has collected $4 billion for a new infrastructure fund. Credit Suisse and General Electric did them one better, raising more than $5 billion. Jill Barshay reports on where they're going to put all that money.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Wanna buy a turnpike?

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is about to become the largest piece of U.S. public infrastructure to be privatized. Jill Barshay reports that at least two overseas ventures have submitted undisclosed cash offers for the road.
Posted In: Travel

Funds feast on high food prices

How could an attempt to diversify turn volatile and raises food prices worldwide? Jill Barshay explains the unintended consequences of large-scale commodity investment.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Retirement

Fannie, Freddie ease mortgage rates

Mortgage rates in some markets came down today, with banks offering certain jumbo loans at a little above 6% -- a lot cheaper than last week. Banks are loosening up on lending again because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a new strategy. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

N.Y. art auctions immune to economy

New York City's art auction season opens today. Sotheby's and Christie's are hoping to sell $1.8 billion worth of works -- 25% more than last year. Jill Barshay reports on the art bubble that's just getting larger, despite a struggling U.S. economy.
Posted In: Economy

Linens retailer ironing out balance sheet

Linens 'n Things is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The troubled home store blames the fall-out of the housing market for its decline. But analysts say the company was too highly leveraged. Jill Barshay reports.

Red Bull takes hard charge at imitators

A Chicago club has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in damages after Red Bull spies spotted the club's bartenders serving a cheaper imitation to customers who had requested the super-caffeinated beverage in their drinks. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Crime

Financial executives descend on D.C.

Today, Wall Street is convening in Washington for the security industry's first ever federal legislative and regulatory conference. Jill Barshay reports that financial executives need to make friends while they're there.

Rockefellers want Exxon shake-up

Exxon Mobil is used to criticism from environmental activists. But now, one of their chief critics is the family that founded the company: the Rockefellers. They're going public with complaints today. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Billionaires do some bargain hunting

The Mars candy company is teaming up with Warren Buffet to buy Wrigleys for $23 billion. Meanwhile, Kirk Kerkorian is buying more shares in Ford Motor Co. If you've got billions, is now the time for bargains? Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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