Marketplace PM for February 13, 2007

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Now, about those millions on ice

The agreement on North Korea's nuclear program has one sticking point both sides agreed to leave for later: Whether Pyongyang gets its hands on millions of dollars sitting in a bank in Macau. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Canada

Playing straight sometimes misses bottom line

In most countries, scandal is bad for business. But in China, being on the up and up can mean lost business. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

So nice of you to write

Kai Ryssdal reviews your letters reacting to our reports and commentaries — from online lending and Robert Reich to the Jewish sabbath and the American Enterprise Institute.

Paid sick leave gets healthy debate

There's no federal requirement for paid sick days. Democrats argue that's hurting paychecks and the workplace. But business groups aren't buying that argument. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Business moves toward the mobile office

Much of what we call work still needs people to happen. But offices are changing to accommodate the way we work today. John Dimsdale reports on a visit he took to a model workplace of the future.

Alcoa stock not foiled by rumors

A newspaper story says two mining companies want to buy the aluminum producer Alcoa. One company says it's not true. The other's not talking. But investors weren't listening anyway. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

B of A eases credit card requirements

Bank of America showed its eagerness to expand its Hispanic-targeted services. It's the first to offer credit cards, sometimes to clients without Social Security numbers. Sam Eaton reports.

The fund's OK, but how about that party!

Regulators have fined three mutual-fund companies $700,000 for trying to win business with expensive meals and fancy trips. Pat Loeb reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

The cost of sending our dollars to China

Economist Marcellus Andrews says that if Americans keep buying more from China than we sell to China, our standard of living is going to decline — and pretty soon.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

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