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Buzzword: Santa Claus rally

| Dec 22, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "Santa Claus Rally." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, December 22, 2006

| Dec 22, 2006
Did you miss Chris' advice on the best way to find a mortgage? Are you confused about what should you do when you find an old stock certificate? Don't worry! This week, we air a special mailbag full of the "Most Frequently Asked" questions from listeners.

Straight Story: Year in review

| Dec 22, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. What were the biggest financial stories of the year? Chris enters the housing market.

Online banking has its pitfalls

| Dec 22, 2006
For many Americans, online banking offers a free and easy way to balance their checkbooks. But beware of hidden traps. USA Today's Sandra Block checks off the list.

Newscorp dishes it out, Liberty gives right back

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 22, 2006
Two media giants are swapping valuable properties. Newscorp's turning over DirecTV and other goodies to Liberty Media, while Liberty's giving up its 20 percent of Newscorp voting stock. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Driving to become the Big One

Alisa Roth | Dec 22, 2006
Toyota announced it's planning to build 9.42 million cars in 2007, enough to make it the biggest automaker in the world. So we turn to the question: Is bigger really better? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto, Canada

Mesa, Shenzhen make a deal for the short haul

Steve Tripoli | Dec 22, 2006
U.S. hub-and-spoke specialist Mesa Airlines is cashing in on the business world's Holy Grail — China — in a deal with Shenzhen Airlines. Steve Tripoli explains why both sides want this to work.

Banda Aceh still trying to turn the tide

Jocelyn Ford | Dec 22, 2006
One of the regions hit hardest by the 2004 tsunami was the Sumatran territory of Aceh. The economy now depends on reconstruction. But people are starting to think about what to do as that effort ends. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

Week on Wall Street

| Dec 22, 2006
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Tess Vigeland what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Read my lips: No expanded payroll tax

| Dec 22, 2006
President Bush says he's willing to consider Democrats' proposals for saving Social Security — including tax increases. Commentator Steve Moore thinks that if that idea becomes reality, the party's over.
Posted In: Taxes

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