A recent survey reported almost 40 percent of people raided their company retirement account when they left their job. Cashing out of a 401k account might be a financial sin. But Marketplace's Scott Jagow found himself tempted to take a bite from forbidden fruit.
Japan's Nikkei stock index closed the day, and the year, at more than 100 points above 16,000. That marks its biggest annual gain in two decades, and for the first time in 14 years, it was private investment, not government money, that pushed the economy. Asia bureau chief Jocelyn Ford has more.