Marketplace for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

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Freddie Mac offers advice via YouTube

A new web ad by Freddie Mac says 25% of homeowners facing foreclosure go to the Internet first when they look for help. Which is, of course, where they get into trouble. Check out the video here.

Investing with a mission

Some people in the field of grant giving now believe charities can improve their social returns by becoming investors, not just donors. It's an idea called mission investing. Mark Kramer, founder of FSG Consulting, explains it to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Charity, Investing

For-profit lessons for nonprofit giving

Foundations control about $550 billion worth of charitable assets in the United States. In the next installment of our philanthropy series, we look at how many foundations have taken a page from the for-profit handbook. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Charity, Investing

Dems should stop health-care sideshow

In the Democratic presidential race, the question of whether Americans should be required to buy health insurance is generating increasingly heated rhetoric. But commentator Robert Reich says the candidates ought to just cool it.
Posted In: Health

Murdoch will change WSJ, but how?

Dow Jones shareholders, mainly the Bancroft family, are expected to formally approve the takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp tomorrow. They'll get $5 billion in exchange for giving up the Wall Street Journal. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on what's in store for the companies and the paper.
Posted In: New York, Wall Street

One bad apple crop to raise juice prices

The Chinese don't drink much apple juice, but they produce two-thirds of the world's supply. This has been a bad year for China's apple crop, which is going to hurt us at the check-out counter. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Retail

Is there now a way to tap heavy crude?

Reserves of heavy oil are estimated to be in the trillions of barrels. But extracting it is a huge and expensive problem. Now, in a study published in the journal Nature, researchers say they might have discovered a cheaper way. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Canada

Fed tries new plan to get money moving

After hearing howls of complaint that it didn't cut interest rates enough, the Federal Reserve announced a plan today to get liquidity liquid again. Marketplace's New York bureau chief Jill Barshay explains, with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Wall Street

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