Marketplace PM for August 24, 2007
The days of the feudal system and its hierarchy of serfs and vassals collapsed in the 1600s. But one self-proclaimed lord of the manor in England is trying to bring those days back -- for a price. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Wall Street
Thanks to the subprime mess, China now has its own problems with tainted imports. Its been buying products of the financial variety from American banks and brokers -- including big slices of mortgage-backed securities. Bob Moon reports on whether that could be a problem.
Posted In: Retail, Wall Street
Things seem to be falling apart at the seams for some of this country's biggest clothing retailers. Ann Taylor posted a 27% decline in profits, and the Gap is cutting 2,200 jobs with sales down 5%. But both announced big stock buybacks. Why? Stacey Vanek-Smith found out.
George Hotz, 17, has posted on his blog the instructions for how to fiddle with an iPhone so it can be used with a wireless carrier other than AT&T. Kai Ryssdal figured that was worth a conversation and called him up.
Check-cashing outlets pull in pretty good profits by offering short-term loans at what can be triple-digit interest rates. The FDIC wants the nations' 22,000 payday lenders to lower those rates -- and competition's the best way to do that. Mhari Saito reports.
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