Marketplace for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Iraqi expats join the Swedish labor pool

One Swedish city used to brag that it took in more Iraqi refugees than the entire U.S., until it ran out of jobs for the new expats. Now other towns in Sweden are trying to lure refugees with career opportunities. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Decoder: Meet Ginnie Mae

Most people know about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but what about Ginnie Mae? As Nancy Marshall Genzer reports, she may be a possible model for her siblings Fannie and Freddie.

Why we spend so much on pets

How much have you spent on your pet? Kai Ryssdal speaks with Michael Schaffer, author of "One Nation Under Dog," about why Americans spend so much on their pets.
Posted In: Books

Hold CEOs of big banks accountable

The congressional panel in charge of overseeing TARP says it has achieved mixed results at best. Commentator Robert Reich says it's time the CEOs of the big banks that received trillions in bailout funds be held accountable.

Will life insurance firms fit under TARP?

Life insurance companies will soon be eligible for bailout money. But will life insurance firms fit under the expanding federal TARP? John Dimsdale reports.

Economy slows green investment

The recession has slowed investment into alternative energy research. But some investors still see a bright future for clean tech. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Oil

Moody's outlook puts cities in bad mood

Bond ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has some bad news for local governments looking to fill budget gaps. Amy Scott explains.

Will merger of homebuilders help?

Housing company stocks soared after two home building giants announced a merger. But the housing market is still struggling in the short run. So is the money being spent worth it? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Housing, Mergers and Acquisitions

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Cereza Rosa (Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White)
Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra
Chicken Scratch
The Motet
City Limits [Explicit]
Dujeous