Marketplace for Friday, Jan. 11, 2008

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Global economy fuels human trafficking

Slavery is a huge element of the global economy, and it goes unseen by consumers. Kai Ryssdal talks with Kevin Bales of the advocacy group Free the Slaves about his efforts to clean up the slave supply chain.
Posted In: Crime
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Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Mandatory sick days gaining strength

More than 40% of private-sector workers, most of whom work in service jobs, don't get paid sick leave. Now some federal, state and municipal lawmakers are considering making paid sick days mandatory. Shia Levitt reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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Gold's got a little too much glitter

You're probably not planning to rush out and buy gold ingot anytime soon, but the rapidly rising price of gold is making certain consumers and retailers feel the pain. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Iraq deals at foundation of rebuilding?

Three of Iraq's biggest state-owned cement firms have signed deals with outside investors from Romania, Germany and Lebanon. It may be a concrete sign of reconstruction taking hold. Jeremy Hobson reports.
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U.S. bonds get AAA rating with asterisk

Both Standard & Poor's and Moody's have reaffirmed their AAA ratings for the U.S. Treasury bill. But, Moody's did attach a note of caution to its assessment. Bob Moon explains.
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Subprime fallout: Bank-buying bonanza

Bank of America is buying Countrywide Financial. And JP Morgan Chase is salivating over Washington Mutual. Which made us wonder: How far will bank consolidations go? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing
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Current lack of faith in Fed is unfair

When Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke all but promised an upcoming interest-rate cut, plenty of people responded: What took you so long, Ben? But commentator Mark Thoma says it's time to lay off the Fed.

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