Marketplace for Friday, October 5, 2007
Oct 5, 2007

Marketplace for Friday, October 5, 2007

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Funeral plan is a conversation starter

Oct 5, 2007
Commentator Doug Cordell and his 90-year-old mother are planning for her funeral. It's her idea. Yet, they don't get very far. Somehow their talks meander to other things. And for Cordell, that's OK.

Week on Wall Street

Oct 5, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Will work for beer

Oct 5, 2007
Beer's not only a party drink, it's a commodity, too. Kate Golden discovered as much when a guest left a case of Bud Light behind at a party she threw.

Costa Rica faces divisive trade-pact vote

Oct 5, 2007
Costa Ricans vote Sunday on whether to continue to participate in the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Opposition protesters have been in the streets for weeks. Dan Grech explains the issues with Kai Ryssdal.

Follow the rebounding CLO

Oct 5, 2007
There are some signs the credit squeeze might be starting to turn around. Deutsche Bank says the market for a type of security known as CLOs appears to be on the rebound. What's a CLO and why should you care? Amy Scott explains.

GE's big move to compact flourescents

Oct 5, 2007
General Electric is turning out the lights at seven of its incandescent light-bulb factories in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico. It's part of GE's campaign to get rid of slow-growing, low-margin businesses. Sarah Gardner reports.

So, economists, about the job numbers...

Oct 5, 2007
What's it mean for the economy that 110,000 jobs were created last month and unemployment ticked up to 4.7%? Steve Tripoli asked economists for some clarity in the Labor Department figures. But, well, they're economists.

To: Audience; Subject: No e-mail Fridays

Oct 5, 2007
Today was the first of Intel's Zero E-Mail Fridays, when workers are supposed to take time to actually talk to each other -- face-to-face. Other companies have similar policies. The Marketplace Players think it might take some workers a while to adapt.