Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 20, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 20, 2009
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U.N. wants to move away from dollar

Next week, a U.N. panel may recommend that the world's central banks drop the dollar as their top reserve currency. Janet Babin explores whether the U.N. has an influence over countries' decision to diversify.
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China's Fed critics vocalize concerns

China's influential Southern Metropolitan Daily ran a strong editorial today criticizing the latest U.S. move to inject $1 trillion into its economy. Scott Tong explores why Beijing is now losing faith in the dollar long-term.
Posted In: Investing
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Water is the new carbon

As rain fall slows and the Earth heats up, companies have started monitoring their water usage more carefully. Caitlan Carroll reports what large-scale businesses are doing to monitor their water footprint.
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Mortgage crisis has civil rights concerns

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights meets today to examine civil rights issues stemming from the mortgage crisis. Reports show some minorities may have been pressured into mortgages they couldn't afford. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Housing
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British financial reform has uphill battle

E.U. leaders wrap up their meeting today on European financial reform, and two plans are competing for power over banking regulation. Christopher Werth reports where Britain may be at odds with the rest of Europe.
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Franchises can still sell in a downturn

The International Franchise Expo kicks off today in Washington, D.C., and companies from everywhere will be looking hard for franchise buyers. Mitchell Hartman reports why this might be a good time to get into a franchise.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Investing
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SXSW drums up Austin economy

The South By Southwest music festival generates $100 million for the city of Austin and provides a valuable experience to indie musicians and entrepreneurs. Steve Chiotakis talks to Austin music journalist David Brown.
Posted In: Entertainment, Entrepreneurship
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IRS helps tax filers on 'Super Saturday'

The IRS has set aside tomorrow to help ease tax filers' anxiety and answer questions. IRS employees have even undergone special training to insure "Super Saturday" is a success. Amanda Aronczyk reports.
Posted In: Taxes
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Commodities rise on fears of inflation

Prices for commodities are on the rise in response to the Fed's move to buy U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. Janet Babin explains why tangibles are on an upswing with mounting fears of inflation.

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