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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Mary Schapiro’s departure from the Securities and Exchange Commission leaves the board politically split with thorny market issues to resolve. As Congress tries to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, lawmakers are considering a cap to the mortgage interest deduction. With holiday season upon us, we're likely all going to be spending a little more over the next month. How can you prepare for the holiday dent in your wallet?   

PODCAST: Robots in our lives, unused vacation time

Food giant ConAgra is buying private-label food producer Ralcorp for nearly $5 billion. Colin Angle, CEO of the iRobot Corporation, discusses why he wants to let robots take a bigger role in our lives. The OECD is calling on its members to shape up. And Americans aren't taking their earned time off. Why?

OECD report red flags weakening economy

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is reaching out to its members -- the rich governments of the world -- to shape up or risk a global economic calamity.
Posted In: global economy, Eurozone

Stores lure in customers with 'entertainment shopping'

In the fight against ever encroaching online retailers, brick-and-mortar stores are going all out this season to draw in consumers.

iRobot CEO Colin Angle on the future of robots

Colin Angle, CEO of the company iRobot which makes the Roomba, is pushing industry to let go of old conventions and let robots take a bigger role in our lives.

ConAgra to buy Ralcorp for $4.95 billion

Giant food company ConAgra is getting a little more giant. It's agreed to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $4.95 billion.
Posted In: food and drink, ConAgra

Congress eyes limit to mortgage interest deduction

As Congress tries to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, lawmakers are considering a cap on the mortgage interest deduction.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, mortgage interest deduction

How to spend smart this holiday season

With holiday season upon us, we're likely all going to be spending a little more over the next month. How can you prepare for the holiday dent in your wallet?
Posted In: holiday shopping, Personal Finance

Bangladesh mourns factory worker deaths

Bangladesh is holding a day of mourning following a deadly garment factory fire. It has emerged the factory was making products for western companies, including Wal-Mart.
Posted In: Bangladesh, factory, labor

European automakers face dark present, uncertain future

Carmakers in Europe are seeing plunging sales and rising costs -- sound familiar? Will European automakers rebound like their U.S. competitors?
Posted In: Europe, carmakers, Fiat, Auto

SEC departure leaves a tougher reform path

Mary Schapiro’s departure from the Securities and Exchange Commission leaves the board politically split – with thorny market issues to resolve.
Posted In: SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, financial reform

Americans not taking vacation, and it hurts

A survey finds people will leave an average of nine days of paid vacation unused this year. The stress that comes from not taking a break can affect their health.
Posted In: stress, Health, vacation, work-life balance