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Marketplace for Monday, June 30, 2008

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Not your average home improvements

In dangerous areas like Beirut, residents hope for the best, but transform their homes into fortresses in preparation for the worst. Ben Gilbert reports.

Iraq to announce U.S. oil contracts

The bidding is on for access to Iraq's oil fields and U.S. companies seem likely to profit. Host Bob Moon talks with the Brookings Institute's Mike O'Hanlon about the impact the contracts will have.

A bit of rate relief for students

Students borrowing money from the federal government will soon be able to slash their interest rates. Host Bob Moon asks Marketplace's Tess Vigeland how to take advantage of the rate change.
Posted In: Education

Let young workers make a difference

A new generation is hitting the workforce -- and steering clear of jobs in the federal government. But don't blame them, says commentator Paul Light; blame the bureaucracy.

Ruling threatens resales on eBay

A French court ordered eBay to pay millions for allowing knock-offs on its site, a decision that could have an impact on the auctioneer's business worldwide. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Science

Insurance companies are well covered

Extreme weather has driven insurance claims way up in 2008, but the insurance companies have plenty of capital to weather the storm. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Housing

Banks fear Europe's reaction to inflation

Inflation is prompting European regulators to start raising interest rates, a move some worry could send the global economy into an even sharper downturn. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Economy

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