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Marketplace AM for February 16, 2006

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401(k) rising

With comprehensive pension programs going the way of the dinosaur, 401(k) plans are becoming the favored alternative. But only half of eligible workers are now enrolled in these plans. Personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells host Scott Jagow about some of things employers are doing to make the plans more attractive to their workers.

Corporate chicanery and hidden fees

Lisa Napoli talks to consumer advocate Bob Sullivan about what he calls "gotcha capitalism."

Kyoto carbon market

Today marks one year since the Kyoto Protocol went into effect. One of the success stories of the treaty has been the carbon market, which allows the buying and selling of carbon credits. Sam Eaton has more.
Posted In: Canada

Olympic technology

Electronics companies like Samsung and Panasonic are using Olympic athletes to test out new technologies, such as a cell phone that can be converted into a TV console. Janet Babin has more.
Posted In: Sports

Spring Training

As teams report for Spring Training in advance of the 2006 Major League Baseball season, Curt Nichisch reports that league revenues are expected to be higher this year than last.
Posted In: Sports

Pickier NASDAQ

Looking to compete head-on with the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ will implement stricter requirements on which publicly traded companies it will list. Alisa Roth has more.
Posted In: Wall Street

Forgotten suburbs

The residential communities that first sprang up around urban centers are often neglected in terms of redevelopment funding and planning, according a new report out. Scott Tong has the details.

Flood insurance going under?

Congress, for the third time, has allowed the federal flood insurance program to increase borrowing to pay claims associated with Hurricane Katrina. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

The China Internet conundrum

After the grilling in Congress of some Internet executives on Wednesday over their business activities in China, the ball is now in the government's court. Yahoo, Google, and others say no private business can resist China alone. From Beijing, Ruth Kirchner reports.
Posted In: Canada

DaimlerChrysler's happy last quarter

The German-US carmaker DaimlerChrysler has earned much better than expected results for the last three months of 2005. The company is forecasting an even better year ahead. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Bubble? What bubble?

This morning the Commerce Department reports that housing starts -- people breaking ground on new homes -- soared 14.5% in January. Home construction is now at its highest level in more than 3 decades. From Miami, Dan Grech reports that this new data should quiet talk of a bubble... at least for today.
Posted In: Economy