Marketplace for Thursday, December 31, 2009
Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and other Marketplace staffers look back on 2009 -- not the big stories but the some of the more fun stuff.
Posted In: Health
At this time of year a lot of people end up with a balance in their flexible spending account -- that company benefit that lets you sock away money tax-free for health care. Marketplace's Amy Scott is one. She reports on the business of the FSA rush.
The U.S. sold about $2 trillion worth of notes and bonds this year as the federal government sold more IOUs to pay for its ballooning deficit. Borrowing was cheap this year. But next year may be a different story. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Compared to 10 years ago the average American is earning about $5 an hour more, but unemployment has tripled, single-family home sales are 34% lower, and stocks are down 8%. Yet, some see signs we're doing better economically. Bob Moon reports.