Marketplace for Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Compared to 10 years ago the average American is earning about $5 an hour more, but unemployment has tripled, single-family home sales are 34% lower, and stocks are down 8%. Yet, some see signs we're doing better economically. Bob Moon reports.
The U.S. sold about $2 trillion worth of notes and bonds this year as the federal government sold more IOUs to pay for its ballooning deficit. Borrowing was cheap this year. But next year may be a different story. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
At this time of year a lot of people end up with a balance in their flexible spending account -- that company benefit that lets you sock away money tax-free for health care. Marketplace's Amy Scott is one. She reports on the business of the FSA rush.
The push to overhaul regulations for America's financial system didn't get very far in 2009. Marketplace's Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale reviews the propects for change with host Kai Ryssdal.
College football's Bowl Championship Series kicks off New Year's Day. The week-long series of games brings in a lot of money for the invited schools and their conferences -- and complaints from schools not included. Nancy Farghalli reports.