Marketplace AM for January 18, 2006

Episode Description 

Sneaky banking practices

Commentator Robert Reich bemoans a surprising bank practice that's keeping him from accessing his money.

Mustaches for Kids

Twenty-somethings have one of the lowest rates of charitable giving of any demographic group. Alex Goldmark reports on one group that's using facial hair to make fund raising hip.

Farmers protest in China

In China, Jocelyn Ford is on the scene in Zongshan, near farm protests that have rocked the country.

The 11th hour for UAL

United Airlines' parent company begins its last round of legal proceedings today before emerging from Chapter 11. Alisa Roth looks at how the newly restructured carrier should fare in today's commercial airline industry.

Supersizing shares of Mickey D's

Hedge fund investor William Ackerman wants to boost MacDonald's share price by leveraging the value of the land that sits beneath each of its restaurants. He plans to take his vision to shareholders in a presentation today. Dan Grech reports.

Assisted suicide law

The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law. Critics worry the law will encourage poor patients to choose suicide rather than burden their families with expensive medical bills. But as Sam Eaton reports, that hasn't been the case in Oregon.

Pols unveil lobbying reform proposals

House GOP leaders outlined their proposal to reform Congressional lobbying Tuesday, while Democrats planned to unveil a proposal of their own today. Hillary Wicai reports.

IT security in India

IT industry officials in India today unveil a national database of call center workers; they hope it will help curb the temptation to steal consumer information. Miranda Kennedy has more.

Nikkei's plummet

A criminal probe into one of Japan's highest-profile Internet companies led to an early close on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for the first time in history. The market's directors declared "an emergency" of overloaded computers. From Tokyo, Steve Herman reports that before the early close, the country's benchmark Nikkei index had plunged nearly 3%.

Europe losing the productivity race

It could be those extra vacation days and 35-hour work weeks. Or maybe it's those midday siestas. Whatever the cause, a new study out today has European economies falling further behind the United States in productivity. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Citigroup's trading venue

Look out, New York Stock Exchange. Move over, NASDAQ. Citigroup is starting its own electronic trading venue. Alisa Roth has more from New York.
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