Dec 27, 2006

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The economics of Gerald Ford

Dec 27, 2006
As the nation's 38th President, he battled rising unemployment, double-digit inflation, and the worst bear market on Wall Street since World War II. Hillary Wicai takes a look back.

Timing of Taiwan quakes lucky for Asian markets

Dec 27, 2006
Earthquakes off Taiwan's southern coast knocked out communications throughout much of Asia. But, as Amy Scott reports, the holiday timing may have averted further damage to financial markets.

Housing bubble had a slow leak in 2006

Dec 27, 2006
Is the decline of the housing market the leading edge of an economic downturn? Host Bob Moon and Marketplace's Tess Vigeland look at the conflicting indicators tied to this year's slowing home sales.
Newly constructed homes at a housing development in Novato, Calif.
Justin Sullivan (c) Getty Images

Entitlement reform a priority for Congress

Dec 27, 2006
Our major federal entitlement programs are headed for bankruptcy. Will next year's Democratic-led Congress succeed with reforms? John Dimsdale takes the temperature in Washington.

A year in the troughs

Dec 27, 2006
Robert Reich takes a hard view of 2006's bribes, bonuses and scandals in Congress and the corporate world.

E.U. nations uneasy towards newcomers

Dec 27, 2006
A week before Bulgaria and Romania are set to join the European Union, the feeling from the other member nations is a bit frosty. Stephen Beard explores fears stemming from the two countries' bad reputations.

Investigation could be sour for Apple

Dec 27, 2006
The Justice Department is investigating Apple Computer for possibly falsifying documents in connection with the granting of stock options. CEO Steve Jobs has also hired his own personal counsel to deal with the inquiry. Janet Babin reports.