Marketplace PM for March 24, 2005

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Social Security, pensions, investments, what's the answer?

A new poll out today. This one's an update on support for private social security accounts. Adults under age 30 have been the strongest supporters. This new study, from the Pew Center, shows their approval numbers dropping. From seven in ten giving it the thumbs up...to just under half of those most recently surveyed. In pressing for private accounts, administration officials have said the change will boost retirement savings. Commentator and writer Zanny Minton-Beddoes suggests a more immediate solution.<p>Zanny Minton-Beddoes is Washington correspondent for The Economist.

Job sharing - will this solve the burnout dilemma?

New claims for unemployment benefits were up slightly last week. That word today from the Labor Department. Finding a job is one thing. Keeping it, and still having a life, is another. Some complain they work such long hours they don't have time for family. Well, a couple of professional women have come up with a solution that works for them. From our work and family desk at Boston's WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

Private equity firms are back ... and buying again

Investment groups are repeating a trick that started in the 1980's. Does this mean we're returning to the days of 'Barbarians at the Gate' and Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street'? Host David Brown talks to Fortune Magazine's Adam Lashinsky.
Posted In: Wall Street

Syrian civilians paying the price in Lebanon

Today, Washington repeated its demand for Syria to complete a withdrawal from Lebanon. Yes, there's a large Syrian military presence. But there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians working there. And it's not a happy place to be. But as Kate Seelye reports from Beirut, the option of going home isn't much happier.
Posted In: Canada

George Soros loses in court ...

He's a billionaire investor, a philanthropist, an outspoken opponent of George W. Bush... And a self-styled champion of government openness. He's also still guilty of insider trading. Today George Soros lost a French court appeal. In 2002, Soros was convicted and fined 2.2 million euros.What does that mean for a multi-billionaire like Soros? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Canada

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