The decibel level in a room filled with children trading candy rivals that of Wall Street. When the trading peaks, cross-room deals have Milk Duds flying overhead while a Jolly Rancher comes the other way.
Many of those seeking temporary work or extra cash may be turning to retailers this season, but they'll face stiff competition. NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax says job hunters may have better luck when submitting their applications to warehouses, Fed Ex, and similar companies. She speaks with guest host Allison Keyes.
Regulators are investigating whether the firm, led by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, diverted customers' funds to cover its own risky trades. The company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.
The company is teaming up with a network of community-based financial institutions, and beginning Tuesday anyone can make a tax-deductable contribution at a Starbucks store or online to the Create Jobs for USA Fund. The money will go to companies so they can hire or retain American workers.
As the world's population tops 7 billion people, population experts are worried about inevitable increases in cars, computers, bigger homes and a drain on resources. In an effort to combat this, one California company is producing small, energy-efficient homes — some as tiny as 300 square feet.
MF Global, the securities firm run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The company, at Corzine's urging, made big investments in European sovereign debt. Those bets turned out to be losers. Analysts don't believe MF Global is a harbinger of bad things to come. It was much more exposed to European debt than most U.S. financial companies. Zoe Chace reports for NPR's Planet Money.
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