Marketplace for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Marketplace for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How bad will the municipal bond market get?

There has been some talk that the municipal bond market is going to bring trouble, and an analyst predicts hundreds of billions of dollars in defaults. Janet Babin looks into the matter.
Posted In: Investing

Major investor pulls out of wind power

While the Obama administration tries to stick up for American wind power, one major investor is taking it out of his plan for America's future. Scott Tong reports.

Expect a new 'normal' for the housing market

There's been a small bump in home sales this past quarter, but that's still below economist expectations. Mitchell Hartman looks into how different things might look if the housing market were normal right now.
Posted In: Housing

China: A look back and a look ahead

Kai Ryssdal talks to China bureau chief Rob Schmitz about China's rapid growth, the problems it is causing, and what the government plans to do about it.

Airlines are taking out the middlemen in ticket sales

American Airlines pulled out from Orbitz, the airline tickets deals website, and other airlines are following suit and pulling out of similar sites too. This may affect how travelers buy their passes.
Posted In: Airlines, Travel

Letters: Office space, unwanted gifts

Kai Ryssdal reads your letters responding our stories on disappearing cube space and how to avoid unwanted gifts.

The power of a simple "thank you"

It's hard enough to flag down a salesperson to help you get a different-sized tee, but to receive a thank you card from them? It's the latest strategy some brands and stores are utilizing to keep customers around.
Posted In: Retail

FRUM: Americans will continue to save

Marketplace commentator David Frum talks about why Americans will keep on saving even after the economy recovers.
Posted In: Savings

Music from this show

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Take Me With U
Stars All Seem to Weep
Beth Orton
Be First
Sensual Seduction (made famous by Snoop Dogg)
Instrumental Hip Hop Beat Makers

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