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Sarbanes-Oxley created a windfall of sorts

Mar 16, 2005
Today is the deadline for companies to report to regulators on the measures they've taken to control fraud. It's all part of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act... the measure passed in 2002 after the Enron and WorldCom scandals. Among other things, the act increased management's accountability for companies' books and created new internal controls. But Sarbanes-Oxley has created something else: an unexpected windfall for small and mid-sized accounting firms. Alisa Roth reports from New York.
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Hurry, you can also "Rent a CFO"

Mar 15, 2005
Tomorrow's the deadline for many businesses to let investors behind the curtain. Remember something called the Sarbanes-Oxley act? Nowadays publicly traded companies have to give investors the lowdown of lots of details..From inventory tracking to computer security and nooks and crannies in between. This is serious financial housekeeping. Not the sort of job you farm out to a temp worker. Then again, maybe its just a question of finding the right kind of temp worker. From Seattle, Cathy Duchamp reports.
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General Motors and a bumpy road

Mar 14, 2005
Last year General Motors made media buys worth $2.8 billion. Mostly through the Interpublic Group. Today the world's largest car company put that action up for bid. GM says it's trying to respond to a changing media landscape. And cut costs too. GM's been losing market share in the U.S. to rivals like Toyota. Put that together with the falling dollar and what do you get? Some surprises at one of the world's most prestigious auto shows. Dan Neil of the LA Times is our transportation commentator. And he's just back from Geneva...
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Wall Street and that falling dollar

Mar 14, 2005
Wall Street is trying to take advantage of the falling dollar. But should you? In this edition of The Sloan Sessions, Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan tells host Kai Ryssdal why he wouldn't bet on the dollar's continued decline.
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Securing the squawk boxes of Wall Street

Mar 11, 2005
Ever heard of the term "squawk box"? If you work on Wall Street, you know what I'm talking about. It's an intercom system traders and brokers use to yell back and forth. Now just imagine if you could eavesdrop on those communications. Think you might pick up a stock tip or two? The Justice Department's been thinking along these lines, also. Marketplace's Amy Scott has the story.
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The week that was ... on Wall Street

Mar 11, 2005
When it's Friday the two David's join forces. Host David Brown talks to our favorite Dallas stockbroker ... David Johnson.
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Playboy on the financial rebound

Mar 11, 2005
Playboy Thursday cut its 2005 earnings forecast, but the five decade old adult entertainment company is still running strong. Following a slump in business, it just finished a turnaround that landed it in the black for the first time in six years. Sandy Hausman reports on how Playboy has bounced back.
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Rich man, poor man

Mar 10, 2005
It's easy to find dismal news about the economy in the paper these days. But if all the economic news you read is bad, chances are you're not reading the whole paper. Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell tells host Kai Ryssdal why you should check out the business section as well as the front page if you want the full story.
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Travel industry on the rebound

Mar 9, 2005
The past year has been a good one for the hotel industry. The rebounding economy is enticing companies to travel more. As Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, hotels are taking extra steps to keep the business travelers coming back. Also, Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa attended a meeting in Orlando in which room designs of the near future were unveiled.
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Chance, in the investing world

Mar 9, 2005
It seems like many things that happen in life occur randomly. But an expert on odds says that's not the case. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Amir Aczel, author of "Chance" about what he's learned and how that can apply to your investments.
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