Marketplace PM for December 27, 2006

Episode Description 

A year in the troughs

Robert Reich takes a hard view of 2006's bribes, bonuses and scandals in Congress and the corporate world.

E.U. nations uneasy towards newcomers

A week before Bulgaria and Romania are set to join the European Union, the feeling from the other member nations is a bit frosty. Stephen Beard explores fears stemming from the two countries' bad reputations.
Posted In: Canada

The economics of Gerald Ford

As the nation's 38th President, he battled rising unemployment, double-digit inflation, and the worst bear market on Wall Street since World War II. Hillary Wicai takes a look back.
Posted In: Economy

Investigation could be sour for Apple

The Justice Department is investigating Apple Computer for possibly falsifying documents in connection with the granting of stock options. CEO Steve Jobs has also hired his own personal counsel to deal with the inquiry. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Timing of Taiwan quakes lucky for Asian markets

Earthquakes off Taiwan's southern coast knocked out communications throughout much of Asia. But, as Amy Scott reports, the holiday timing may have averted further damage to financial markets.
Posted In: Canada

Housing bubble had a slow leak in 2006

Is the decline of the housing market the leading edge of an economic downturn? Host Bob Moon and Marketplace's Tess Vigeland look at the conflicting indicators tied to this year's slowing home sales.
Posted In: Housing

Entitlement reform a priority for Congress

Our major federal entitlement programs are headed for bankruptcy. Will next year's Democratic-led Congress succeed with reforms? John Dimsdale takes the temperature in Washington.