Marketplace AM for December 15, 2004

Episode Description 

Mortgage fraud on the climb

As interest rates creep up, so does the cost of owning a home. But this year, those costs have gone up for another reason: mortgage fraud. The FBI has already investigated three times as many fraud cases in 2004 as it did last year. Nevada is among the top 6 states for the crime. And Las Vegas is where criminals are cashing in. Ky Plaskon has this report from Nevada Public Radio

Tis the season for travel!

Travelers are returning to the skies this holiday season in the greatest numbers since 9/11. But is that prompting airlines to put more planes in the air? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa tells you about some of your travel alternatives.

The Best Gift Ever - Stephen Riggio

Time for another installment in our holiday series--The Best Gift Ever!