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Six central banks -- including those of the U.S., Japan and Switzerland -- have added another $180 billion worth of credit into the global banking system. They're all trying to get banks lending money again. John Dimsdale reports.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is removing insurance giant AIG from its index and replacing it with Kraft Foods Inc. Given that Kraft's revenues have been about one-third of AIG's, how much weight should we be giving the Dow? Jeremy Hobson reports.
In a recent study, 62% of homeowners believed their home had gone up or stayed the same in value in the past year. Commentator and behavioral economist Dan Ariely says in a falling market your house is almost always worth more to you than anyone else.
The SEC has toughened rules on short selling, the British government has banned shorting of financial firms, and New York's attorney general has launched an investigation into the shorting of financial stocks. Bob Moon reports on why these actions were deemed necessary.
Trading floors all over New York -- at private companies that trade commodities or bonds or pretty much anything else -- have been crazy this week. Kai Ryssdal talks with Tom Digaloma, who runs a government-bond trading desk, about what it's been like.