Marketplace for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sioux Falls: The town credit built

South Dakota a financial powerhouse? It's not what immediately comes to mind. But you can thank this unlikely finance hub for your sky-high credit card interest rates. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.

Looking to put stimulus funds to work

The government's stimulus funds will soon be trickling down to people on the street. Dustin Woodman, program manager of a conservation group, talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the money will help his community.

Afraid of layoffs, they ready biz plans

With job losses piling up, some workers are taking preemptive measures to ensure they will be able to land on their feet should a pink slip come. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Transparency's a must to gain our trust

For years many people were in the dark about what was hiding behind the "wall" in Wall Street. Commentator Robert Reich says for Wall Street to earn the public's trust, it's got to become a lot more transparent.

Macy's to tie executive pay to stocks

Macy's says it will reward its executives based on how well the company's stock performs compared to other retailers over the next three years. Amanda Aronczyk reports.
Posted In: Retail

Drug cartels cash in with value cards

Drug runners along the U.S.-Mexico border are using stored-value cards to smuggle billions of dollars of cash into the United States. A Senate committee is investigating what can be done to stop them. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Retail

The difficulty with economic forecasting

The UCLA Anderson Forecast is predicting a gloomy economic future. Edward Leamer, the forecast's director, talks with Kai Ryssdal about why it's hard to forecast the economy without historical data to compare.

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