Dec 22, 2010

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Marketplace for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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FRUM: Americans will continue to save

Dec 22, 2010
Marketplace commentator David Frum talks about why Americans will keep on saving even after the economy recovers.

The power of a simple "thank you"

Dec 22, 2010
It's hard enough to flag down a salesperson to help you get a different-sized tee, but to receive a thank you card from them? It's the latest strategy some brands and stores are utilizing to keep customers around.

Letters: Office space, unwanted gifts

Dec 22, 2010
Kai Ryssdal reads your letters responding our stories on disappearing cube space and how to avoid unwanted gifts.

Airlines are taking out the middlemen in ticket sales

Dec 22, 2010
American Airlines pulled out from Orbitz, the airline tickets deals website, and other airlines are following suit and pulling out of similar sites too. This may affect how travelers buy their passes.

China: A look back and a look ahead

Dec 22, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to China bureau chief Rob Schmitz about China's rapid growth, the problems it is causing, and what the government plans to do about it.

Expect a new 'normal' for the housing market

Dec 22, 2010
There's been a small bump in home sales this past quarter, but that's still below economist expectations. Mitchell Hartman looks into how different things might look if the housing market were normal right now.

Major investor pulls out of wind power

Dec 22, 2010
While the Obama administration tries to stick up for American wind power, one major investor is taking it out of his plan for America's future. Scott Tong reports.

How bad will the municipal bond market get?

Dec 22, 2010
There has been some talk that the municipal bond market is going to bring trouble, and an analyst predicts hundreds of billions of dollars in defaults. Janet Babin looks into the matter.

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