Marketplace AM for January 6, 2006

Episode Description 

Preschool teacher pay

Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner looks at why preschool teachers, on average, make less money than animal trainers.

Surf's down, dude

News that a top supplier of foam surfboard cores planned to close up shop touched off fears of a pending surfboard shortage. But as Jane Lindholm reports, a new manufacturer is ready to fill the void.

China diversifies its investments

Beijing has suggested it's going to diversify its investments away from the US dollar and US government bonds. China is the second-largest holder of US treasuries. Is this bad news for the average American homeowner? Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

IBM's pension change

Big Blue has announced plans to freeze its pension program by 2008 and place all new employees on a 401(k) plan. The move could save the company $3 billion by 2010. Is this the wave of the future for pension plans? Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

Retail roundup

Alisa Roth looks at what disappointing chain-store sales in December could mean for retail in 2006.

Happy b-day, NCAA

The college athletic conference hits the century mark this weekend, and as Rachel Dornhelm reports, the organization is as much about business as it is about sports.
Posted In: Sports

Unemployment in 2005

Business editor Cheryl Glaser takes a look at what the government's year-end unemployment stats are likely to say when they come out today, and what they could portend for 2006.
Posted In: Economy

Bangalore IT security

International companies in India's high tech hub, Bangalore, are clamoring for increased security in the wake of a militant attack at a top research university. Miranda Kennedy looks at what fears of future attacks could mean for India's IT industry.

Cloning scandal fallout

Repercussions from the South Korean cloning scandal continue to reverberate. This week, Science magazine announced a rare retraction of an article authored by the researcher at the heart of the scandal. Helen Palmer looks at whether the scandal has cooled investor enthusiasm for life sciences ventures.
Posted In: Health, Science

The Job Files: Pharmacist

In this installment of the Job Files, we check in with pharmacist Steve Kaufman.
Posted In: Health

Charging for Internet content

The big phone companies are getting closer to charging a fee to Internet content providers for delivering high quality content to your computer. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

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