December 30, 2002 Business deregulation has led to more choices for consumers, but a tougher environment for business owners. In the first of a series of reports, NPR's Jim Zarroli examines the advantages and disadvantages of increased competition.
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December 25, 2002 In a dispiriting economic year, many Americans are struggling to recover from the loss of a job. Four individual stories offer a glimpse of the big picture. Hear reports from NPR's Wade Goodwyn, NPR's Kathy Schalch, NPR's Jim Zarroli and Kerry Seed.
December 25, 2002 The shakeout in telecom and internet business has been especially fierce this year. NPR's Jim Zarroli has a profile of Joe Nadan, a high-tech executive in Yonkers, N.Y., who lost his job more than a year ago and has been looking for something new ever since. Nadan knows the obstacles: He is older than most job hunters and over-qualified for many of the jobs that come up.
December 21, 2002 Ten major brokerage firms will pay fines totaling $1.4 billion to settle government conflict-of-interest allegations related to investment advice. The firms also agree to alter investment advice policies. Critics are skeptical the remedies will work, and private lawsuits remain. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
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December 20, 2002 Ten of Wall Street's top brokerage firms agree to pay fines of about $1.5 billion to settle conflict-of-interest allegations. The firms were accused of misleading investors with bad research, and have agreed to changes in their research divisions. Hear NPR's Jim Zarroli, NPR's Michele Norris and Columbia University law professor John Coffee.
December 20, 2002 NPR's Jim Zarroli reports Wall Street's top brokerage firms agreed to pay nearly $1.5 billion in fines to settle conflict-of-interest charges. Regulators accused the firms of continuing to recommend stocks they privately had turned against. Besides fines, the firms agree to spend several hundred million dollars in coming years buying research from independent firms that don't mix stock research with investment banking.
December 20, 2002 Federal and state regulators are expected to announce a major settlement into allegations of conflicts of interest at the nation's largest banks and brokerage firms. The companies will pay nearly a billion dollars in fines as part of the deal. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
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December 10, 2002 The Bush administration prepares to lift a moratorium on a new, controversial type of pension, the cash-balance plan. The Treasury Department has released regulations indicating what companies must do when converting pensions to cash-balance. Companies with large numbers of older workers are especially interested. Critics say lifting the moratorium will lead to a flood of conversions that will hurt older workers. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
December 5, 2002 United Air Lines edges closer to bankruptcy after federal regulators refuse a request for loan guarantees. United officials assure ticketholders flights will continue, but the company's cash is dwindling. It now faces nearly $1 billion in debt payments. Hear from NPR's Jim Zarroli, NPR's Jacki Lyden and aviation authority Darryl Jenkins.
December 5, 2002 NPR'S Jim Zarroli reports the nation's second largest airline, United, is one step closer to bankruptcy today after federal officials turned down its request for loan guarantees. The Air Transportation Stabilization Board last night said United wasn't eligible for federal aid, saying its business plan was not financially sound. Today United's chairman said the company is exploring new financing options. But many in the industry say a bankruptcy filing is now almost inevitable.
November 27, 2002 A federal judge approves a partial settlement between WorldCom and the SEC in which the company accepts allegations of fraud and agrees to close monitoring of its corporate governance and its accounting controls. The judge defers a decision on penalties. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
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November 26, 2002 Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Jim Zarroli about the announced settlement between WorldCom Inc. and government securities regulators. The monetary penalty against the company remains to be determined but government monitoring of the company will continue in the wake of it's nine billion dollar accounting scandal. (4:15)
November 26, 2002 A federal judge in New York accepts a settlement between WorldCom and the SEC in which the company accepts allegations of fraud and agrees to close monitoring of its corporate governance and its accounting controls. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
November 21, 2002 Some of the nation's largest retailers demand that consumer Web sites stop posting confidential information about upcoming sales. The case is raising questions about freedom of speech and the Internet. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
November 14, 2002 Lawyers for some of the nation's largest retailers say Visa and MasterCard illegally thwarted for years the growth of debit-card networks, The Wall Street Journal reports. The allegations stem from recently unsealed court documents from a class-action suit that includes Wal-Mart and Sears. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
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