Marketplace for Monday, February 27, 2012

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We launch our new Wealth and Poverty Desk with the voices of two people struggling to make ends meet; tomorrow: people talk about life in the economic middle. Home improvement sales were better than expected this quarter -- could that mean good news on the horizon for home sales? Gas prices inevitably turn into campaign fodder during an election year, and over the weekend Newt Gingrich stumped in front of signs that promised $2.50 a gallon. Plus, Warren Buffett said his successor has been picked, but he didn't identify the future CEO.

The future of food in a warming world

Bangladesh, once a poster child for the food crisis, has made dramatic progress. But will our changing climate sweep away the gains?
Posted In: Food, Bangladesh, climate change, Agriculture

Voices of Wealth and Poverty: Barely Getting By

Daryl Snell and Angel Rogers live just above the poverty line. In their own words, the choices they make and the challenges they face.
Posted In: poverty

Why are we outraged over high gas prices?

Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan puts into perspective why we shouldn't be too angry over rising gas prices.
Posted In: gas prices, gas, behavioral economics, spending

Could gas really drop to $2.50 a gallon?

Over the weekend Newt Gingrich stumped in front of signs that promised gas at $2 .50 a gallon. Is such a world even possible today?
Posted In: gas, gas prices, 2012 campaign

Housing market gets good news

Home sales jumped 8% last month. Those numbers and better than expected quarterly sales in home improvement supplies could mean some long-awaited relief for the housing market.
Posted In: Housing, home sales, real estate, construction

Buffett’s shareholder letter dangles clues

Warren Buffett says in his annual letter that Berkshire Hathaway has chosen his successor. Many investors care more about his stock advice.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, stock market

Some legislators in Wyoming taking no chances

Some legislators in Wyoming are taking no chances should the American economy get worse. Much worse, one assumes.
Posted In: wyoming, legislation

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First Breath After Coma
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