personal finance

Global Politics

Microinsurance grows in Colombia

Some insurance companies are offering microinsurance for the poor, especially for health matters, meant to protect the poor against financial disasters caused by illness, death or crop failure. Reporter John Otis has the story from Barranquilla, Colombia.

Global Politics

Russia feels the pinch

The global financial crisis has hit Russia's oil and gas industries, the backbone of the economy, and ordinary Russians are starting to feel the pain. The World's Laura Lynch reports from Moscow.

Arts, Culture & Media

The underwear economy

Economists and analysts track just about everything to gauge how the economy is doing. Some analysts just focus on one product- can we really learn how the economy is doing by looking in our underwear drawers? The World's Jason Margolis reports.