Marketplace for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007

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Money finds its way to art speculation

The art market has experienced what some are calling a price bubble for the last several years. All kinds of records are being set at auctions and private sales. Fine-art consultant Lisa Austin talks with host Tess Vigeland about what's happening in the art world.
Posted In: Economy

Aussies fill up with gasoline alternative

With U.S. gasoline prices well over $3 a gallon, Americans may wish to consider an Australian option. In the Land Down Under, they can fill up at half the price with liquid propane gas. Stuart Cohen reports.

Gold standard won't make things better

It's been such a tough year for the greenback that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has suggested a return to the gold standard. Commentator David Frum says that's a really bad idea.
Posted In: Economy

Plug-in hybrids need more juice

Environmentalists have been pushing car companies to put plug-in hybrids on the market because they would use even less gasoline than current hybrids. Well, they're here. Sort of. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Auto

S. African candidate campaigns in U.S.

A leading candidate for president of South Africa is lobbying in the United States for business partnerships and investment. He's shaken off rape charges and corruption allegations but he's yet to make peace with the international business community. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Nielsen to target illegal Web videos

Producers of all kinds of TV programming are fighting what some argue is a losing battle against pirated video online. But as of today there's a new sheriff for hire. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Mortgage-freeze plan is on its way

That mortgage relief the White House has been promising is apparently on the way. Word today is that a plan now is in place to freeze interest rates for some homeowners. Jill Barshay explains.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Wall Street