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Mortgage rates - to refinance or not to refinance?

Mar 31, 2005
Mortgage rates have skyrocketed the last few weeks, meaning bad news for anyone who wanted to refinance. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Bankrate.com's Greg McBride about how you know when to pull the trigger on something as unpredictable as mortgage rates.
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United Way, and a united way of increasing donations

Mar 30, 2005
The United Way of America is holding its annual leadership conference near Dallas. Though overall charitable giving is up, donations to the United Way are down. That's where the group's new "Standards of Excellence" come in. These guidelines were announced today. They're supposed to help local chapters define their mission and improve accountability. Marketplace Business Editor Cheryl Glaser tells us it's a sign of how more non-profits are taking their cues from the corporate world.
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Private equity firm's have money to spend

Mar 29, 2005
The Carlyle Group just wants you to know, it's got a lot of cash. More than $10 billion, they told us today. And that's a first for a private equity firm's buyout fund. So what will Carlyle do with all that money? And how long before other firms catch up? Alisa Roth reports from New York.
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Warren Buffett, in the hot seat

Mar 29, 2005
Warren Buffett is not just a billionaire. He's well known for his candor. And for his integrity. So it's of special significance that regulators want to have a word with Mr. Buffett. They want to ask him about some questionable accounting practices involving a unit of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports.
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The airline industry and the incredible shrinking paycheck

Mar 25, 2005
Today, a no-confidence vote for Delta Airlines. Standard and Poor's warned it may lower Delta's debt ratings. Earlier this week, Delta's head honcho said he thought the airline could avoid filing bankruptcy papers. Not everyone's convinced. Most worried, perhaps, are the employees. As other carriers have declared bankruptcy, workers have been forced to make huge sacrifices. Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports.
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The week that was on Wall Street

Mar 25, 2005
Marketplace host David Brown talks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week that was on Wall Street... and what we might expect next week.
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Private equity firms are back ... and buying again

Mar 24, 2005
Investment groups are repeating a trick that started in the 1980's. Does this mean we're returning to the days of 'Barbarians at the Gate' and Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street'? Host David Brown talks to Fortune Magazine's Adam Lashinsky.
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Balancing inflation with interest rates - what's best for you?

Mar 24, 2005
A growing number of Federal Reserve leaders think the U.S. should reach a certain rate of inflation before it adjusts interest rates. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Markteplace's money expert Chris Farrell about the pros and cons of doing so.
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Bond markets - the traders are getting nervous

Mar 23, 2005
We spent a lot of time on interest rates yesterday. After all, the Feds did say it was jacking up short term rates again. That might have some of you thinking it's time to lock down a decent mortgage. Those short term interest rates do not generally drive mortgage rates up or down. If you want to know what to expect in home loans, look to the bond market. Unfortunately, you won't like what you see. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
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Sears K-Mart merger may have some victims

Mar 23, 2005
Sears holds a special meeting of its shareholders tomorrow. They'll vote on the company's proposed $11.5 billion dollar merger with K-Mart. Something lost in all this is the fate of some 800 Sears stores known by insiders as "dealerships". These individually-owned stores contributed more than $1.5 million to Sears' bottom line in 2003. That doesn't mean they'll survive. Martha Woodroof reports from Harrisonburg, Virginia.
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