Marketplace PM for August 27, 2007

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Time to toss around the R-word?

With 4.5 million unsold homes sitting on the market, could we be looking at a recession? Stacey Vanek-Smith talks to economists and takes a look into the markets.
Posted In: Wall Street

Corporate bonds are the new old thing

With shaky trust in the housing market and a falling stock market not the safest bet either, where else can we put our money? What about corporate bonds? Tess Vigeland talks to Marilyn Cohen, author of "The Bond Bible."
Posted In: Investing

Coming soon: Small-Mart

Wal-Mart's on the lookout for an executive to help shape a smaller-store strategy, and analysts have been expecting Wal-Mart to get bigger by going smaller with their new stores. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Retail

Katrina's wrecks now Bolivia's headache

Cars damaged by Hurricane Katrina have been making their way into Bolivia for sale. "Katrina cars" are sold cheaply and look almost new on the outside, but have serious mechanical problems. Ruxandra Guidi has more.
Posted In: Auto, Canada

Giving the U.S. bad rep by giving billions

Venezuela has been promising enough aid to its Latin American neighbors to make U.S. donations look a little paltry. But some U.S. policymakers say the country can't keep all of its promises. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada, Investing

Paying to put out Greece's flames

Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency due to the country's forest fires, and they're offering a hefty reward to anyone who can help nab the arsonists. Tess Vigeland talks to Marketplace's Stephen Beard in London.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

Moving mountains to mine coal

Last Friday, the Bush Administration introduced coal-mining policy change that would loosen the requirement that coal operators prove their strip mining doesn't damage streams and wildlife. Commentator Jeff Biggers sees devestating results in the form of mountaintop removal.

'Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship'

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say "no" to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

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