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Marketplace AM for January 31, 2006

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Making money off of Greenspan

Outgoing Fed chief Alan Greenspan didn't just leave his mark on the economy. He also had an impact in the art world. Scott Tong looks at one artist who's made some green from painting portraits of Greenspan.
Posted In: Economy

Why health savings accounts are a bad idea

Commentator Zanny Minton-Beddoes says the health savings accounts President Bush is expected to tout in his State of the Union speech today could end up costing more money than they save.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Understanding health savings accounts

President Bush expects to make health saving accounts a highlight of his State of the Union speech tonight. But how exactly do they work at the consumer level? Helen Palmer has the details.
Posted In: Health

So long, Alan

Amy Scott looks at how Alan Greenspan changed the role of Fed chief during his 18-year tenure.
Posted In: Economy

China opens the door to new investment

New rules that go into effect today allowing foreign investors to own a larger percentage of Chinese companies. Alisa Roth has the details.

Warm January

With one day left, January 2006 is expected to go down in the books as one of the warmest Januarys on record. Jeff Tyler looks at what impact the abnormal temperatures have had on snow-dependent businesses.

Kraft restructures

The maker of Jell-O, Oreos and other brands has announced plans to lay off 8,000 workers in an effort to restructure in the face of slumping sales. Ethan Lindsey reports.

Hungry piggy banks

The savings rate among Americans is the lowest it's been since the Great Depression, according to the Commerce Department. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy

Chastising Iran

Iran got some bad news last night: The US and other key nations agreed the country should be reported to the UN for their nuclear activities. That could mean a number of different things politically, but the economic impact could be dramatic -- sanctions are a possibility. As Stephen Beard reports from London, that really means just one product -- oil.