Jan 1, 2009

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Euro's looking good on its 10th birthday

Jan 1, 2009
The European single currency is 10 years old today. It's in pretty good shape, in spite of the global financial crisis. There are now more euros in circulation than U.S. dollars. But its beginnings were far from auspicious. Stephen Beard reports.

Many workers see minimum-wage hike

Jan 1, 2009
Many of America's least-paid workers got a raise today as the minimum wage went up in about a dozen states. But some observers say the changes will hurt more than they will help. Jeff Tyler reports.

What's deflation all about?

Jan 1, 2009
In this economy, it seems like everything is on sale -- homes, clothes, stocks, cars. What could be wrong with that, right? Lots of things. In this installment of the Marketplace Decoder, Stacey Vanek-Smith explains deflation.
Hand sticks pin into balloon with $100 bill.
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Looking back at 2008's housing crisis

Jan 1, 2009
The financial collapse in the past year began with the mortgage meltdown. Tess Vigeland talks with Nic Retsinas of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies about the mess we've been through and where we go from here.
A row of for-sale signs near a subdivision in Chino Hills, Calif.
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Update: Recovering from foreclosure

Jan 1, 2009
Tess Vigeland checks in with John and Vicki Glicken of Ohio, who talked with Marketplace in 2008 as they were struggling with an adjustable-rate mortgage that had led them into bankruptcy.
A foreclosure sign in front of a house for sale  in Stockton, Calif.
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Downturn could lead to baby bust

Jan 1, 2009
Demographers are watching to see if there will be decline in the U.S. birth rate in 2009, what with the recession and all. Rico Gagliano looked into it.

Sharing tales of money woes and wins

Jan 1, 2009
How much did you pay for that set of golf clubs you never used? Don't be ashamed, you're not alone. Eve Troeh reports that folks are coming out of the closet to tell tales of money wasted -- and to find help.

Music from the episode

Spill The Wine Eric Burdon, War
Beat Crazy Joe Jackson
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah