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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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Selling the merger

Mar 7, 2005
How to you convince stockholders that merging your company with another is a good thing? One way that's becoming more and more popular among dealmakers is to highlight the number of employees you'd be able to lay off. Host Kai Ryssdal explores this unusual selling point with Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan in this edition of The Sloan Sessions.
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The week that was on Wall Street

Dec 10, 2004
Marketplace host David Brown catches up with the man from Dallas - David Johnson - and takes a look at some of the big stories affecting Wall Street this week.
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Meet Elliott Spitzer's A-team

Dec 10, 2004
Atlanta based Crawford and Company provides claims management services for insurance companies. Today the firm was hit with a subpoena from the office of New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer - part of his investigation of the insurance industry. Mr. Spitzer has made a name for himself as a crusader for consumer and investor protection, even upstanging the feds. He'll be playing on that success as he makes a bid for Governor of New York in 2006. Marketplace's Amy Scott introduces us to the team behind the Spitzer machine - led by a guy with a really great name.
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Which way is up?

Dec 9, 2004
Another story from Wall Street today. Shares of Toll Brothers, a luxury home building company that operates in 21 states - jumped more than 12 percent. This, after the company reported quarterly earnings that nearly doubled - far surpassing most analysts' expectations. Not only that, the firm boosted its forecast for next year. That wouldn't seem to square with an expected slowdown in the housing market - especially with interest rates heading up. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
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Turning equity into stocks

Dec 9, 2004
Betting the house on Wall Street? In the mortgage refinancing boom, many people have been taking equity out of their homes. And now, securities regulators are concerned brokers may be pushing their clients to invest that money... in the stock market. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
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Meet Hetty Green!

Nov 24, 2004
The dollar continued its downward trek today, sliding to yet another record low against the Euro. With just a month left to go, the Dow is up only half a percent so far this year. Those kinds of lousy returns have many professional investors looking for other ways to grow their money. Some are turning to commodities like gold and copper. Others are investing in markets in places like Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Author Charles Slack says that's the same kind of investing resourcefulness demonstrated a hundred years ago by Hetty Green. Born in the 1830s, she was this country's first female tycoon.
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