Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

'Anniversary' gets triple-word score

The classic board game Scrabble celebrates its 60-year anniversary today, and to date, more than 100 million sets have been sold in 29 languages. Jennifer Collins shares some other fun facts about the game.
Posted In: Entertainment

Bad time for congressional pay raises

Lawmakers get an automatic pay raise every January, and this year is no different -- but many question whether, for obvious reasons, it should be. Danielle Karson reports it's up to constituents to voice concerns.
Posted In: Jobs

Foreign investors move from dollar

In recent days, foreign investors have been moving away from the dollar, assuming the Fed will cut interest rates again. Stephen Beard explains why they no longer consider the U.S. an investment safety net.
Posted In: Investing

FDIC may double bank assessment fees

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will likely tackle bank assessment fees when it meets today. It may have to double those fees in order to keep up the amount it needs to maintain in reserves by law. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Investing

Entrepreneurs surviving first recession

For young entrepreneurs who have never gone through a recession, the current economy can be scary. But some are taking on the crisis as a valuable learning experience, and can find advantages. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Goldman Sachs loses $5 a share

Up until now, Goldman Sachs has refrained from showing quarterly losses. But today, the bank lost $5 a share. Scott Jagow talks to Marketplace's Alisa Roth about how it plans to weather the drop.
Posted In: Wall Street

Eastern bloc is leery of capitalism

Hungary has been feeling bitter about free market capitalism based on the way the West is handling the economic downturn. And other Eastern European countries share the sentiment. Stephen Beard reports.

Where a Fed rate cut really matters

When the Fed cuts interest rates, it's targeting the rate at which banks lend to each other. But in reality, banks lend to each other at rates much lower. Sarah Gardner explains what a prime rate is and why it affects us.
Posted In: Investing

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Sugar, Sugar
The Archies
Dirty Little Secret (Thievery Corporation Mix)
Sarah McLachlan

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