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Marketplace AM for December 8, 2005

Episode Description 

401k matching

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells host Scott Jagow that company 401k matching plans don't do much to encourage employees to invest in their retirement.

Anchor duos

Stu Levine with Daily Variety tells host Tess Vigeland the thinking behind ABC's move to split duties between two Nightly News anchors, and about the state of network news anchoring in general.

Tutoring for tots

Looking to give their kids a leg up, parents are increasingly hiring tutors... for their pre-schoolers. As Hillary Wicai reports, tutoring for tots is big business.

Consumer borrowing to hit record highs

Consumers plan to run up their credit cards this holiday season, incurring record debt to make the holidays merry. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

AFL-CIO's big day

The labor federation has launched its biggest organizing campaign in 15 years, culminating in a march on the White House today. Gretchen Cook looks at the organization's strategy to revive the labor movement.

Computer chip bonanza

Sales of computer chips have hit a record high this year. Larry Schooler tells us why.

India's auto market

Auto industry executives are in India to discuss the Asian nation's potential as both a major consumer market and manufacturing hub. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Santa Hugo

Venezuela has announced plans to offer low-cost heating oil to Bronx residents on the heels of a similar offer to residents in Massachusetts. Will American oil companies follow suit? Dan Grech reports.

The wrath of Canadian grapes

Canadian wine-maker Vincor International Inc. has rebuffed hostile takeover efforts by Constellation Brands Inc., the world's largest wine producer. Brian Watt looks at what's next.

US-Peru free trade agreement

The US cut a trade deal yesterday with Peru, and US trade officials were thrilled. Why all the triumphalism, when Peru takes in less than 1% of US shipments? From the Marketplace Americas Desk at WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech explains why.

Gold prices ascendant

Gold prices hit a 25-year high today. From London, Stephen Beard explains what some people think is movitivating this frenzy for the shiny yellow rock.
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