Marketplace for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Another nail in newspapers' coffin?

Every year more advertising moves online and away from newspapers. And now there's a website that's aiming to bury newspapers' business in death notices. Curt Nickisch reports.

Underground economy is booming

Best estimates are that about 15% to 20% of the world's economy happens off the books. Journalist Mischa Glenny takes a tour of the underground economy in his new book, "McMafia." He talks about it with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books

Iraq casualty: Your standard of living

The cost of the Iraq war is estimated at between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. But commentator Robert Reich says as big as that number is right now, it's going to hurt us more in the future.

Making public employees more public

A new website is posting the financial disclosure records that federal government employees in senior positions are required to fill out. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Are you better off than 4 years ago?

A new survey says most middle-class Americans are worse off financially today than they were four years ago. Kai Ryssdal talks with David Leonhardt of The New York Times about the squeeze middle-class families are feeling.
Posted In: Economy

American keeps canceling flights

American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights today for safety checks on its planes, as part of the FAA's recent crackdown on airline safety. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on how much these cancellations will cost airlines and travelers.
Posted In: Travel

What's a bad loan go for these days?

Unconfirmed reports say Citigroup is close to selling $12 billion in loans, at a sizable loss, that it wants to get off its books. How much are bad loans worth and why would anyone buy them? Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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