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The fallout from Bernard Madoff's massive investment scam is being felt worldwide and has some people calling for more regulation on hedge funds. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Fannie Mae is developing a policy to allow renters who live in foreclosed properties to stay in their homes and avoid eviction. The new policy comes on the heels of the mortgage finance company's current holiday eviction moratorium. Sam Eaton reports.
There may be a large contingent of greener cars on the road, but gas guzzlers and other fuel-consuming vehicles are still zooming down the freeways. Commentator Virginia McConnell says that higher gas prices and taxes could be good for the auto industry and us.
Hungarians have experienced a rise in the quality of life since communism ended. But to support their new lifestyles, many Hungarians depended on foreign loans. Now, Hungarians with loans in foreign currency may be hungry for change. Stephen Beard reports.
Sales of luxury goods are down. But even for shoppers who can afford to splurge, flaunting your moneybags is not so cool. So, high-end shoppers are turning to catalogs to spend their money and it's working out pretty well. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Hard up on gift ideas for your friends, family and the person who has everything? Tess Vigeland speaks with Kevin Pereira from G4 TV about some great budget-conscious gadgets for the techies and non-techies in your life.