Marketplace for Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

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Mission: Spend family riches this way

More and more families, especially wealthy ones, are writing mission statements to structure how future generations manage their holdings. And wealth-management firms are getting involved. Sean Cole reports.

'The Wire' connects on economic strife

HBO's series "The Wire" enters its fifth and final season Sunday night. Commentator Michael Schaffer says that, for a police show, it has an awfully good grasp of economics.
Posted In: Economy, Entertainment

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Bob Moon about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Standing up for those 'below the line'

Some writers involved in the Hollywood writers strike are spending time away from the picket lines, raising money for people who work behind the scenes but are without jobs during the stand-off. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs

IRS looking at 'instant' tax refunds

Tax preparers and their bank partners have been making a ton of money off so-called "tax refund anticipation loans" for years. But consumer groups say these loans are a terrible idea that ought to be banned, and the IRS might be taking action. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Kenya turmoil's impact felt across region

The turmoil in Kenya has subsided but it is still sending economic ripples across East Africa. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson is monitoring the situation. She spoke with host Bob Moon.

Economy grows larger as political issue

How will the growing recession fears in the U.S. economy affect the presidential election? Nancy Marshall Genzer sampled some expert opinions.
Posted In: Economy

Recession looms larger on job figures

The government's report of weak job growth last month has changed the outlook of many economists. The debate today focused on whether it may be too late to head off a recession. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs