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It's natural to want to penny-pinch when in a recession, but if you're not at risk of financial struggle, you may not need to cut back. Commentator Will Wilkinson says if you can, you should keep spending.
OPEC is meeting in Algeria today, and OPEC and non-OPEC countries alike said they'd try to cut production to try to boost oil prices. But John Dimsdale reports Americans might not notice much difference.
Like the Big Three, Honda is also having a hard time selling cars. The company issued profit warnings for the third time this year. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Alisa Roth about how the automaker is saving cash.
Economic woes mean Christmas presents are a lower priority for some families. How should they break it to the kids that Santa may have to do some scrimping? Ashley Milne-Tyte talked to one family about how they're dealing.
The National Association of Homebuilders wants to see Congress implement a program to help stimulate buyers and give them a reason to rejoin the market. Rico Gagliano reports the plan involves two parts: tax credits and low fixed rates.
Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 17, 2008