Financial news on October 20, 2007

Business and Financial news
Exotic I.R.A.’s: Leaving Stocks and Bonds Behind

Investors are allowed to put the money in their I.R.A.’s into almost anything, be it condominiums or airplanes. A growing number of people are doing just that. Read more..

By DALIA FAHMY - The New York Times

Fight Against Coal Plants Draws Diverse Partners

An increasingly vocal and potent anti-coal movement in the West includes ranchers, farmers and religious groups. Read more..

By SUSAN MORAN - The New York Times

Investors Look to Taiwan in Hopes of Cashing In on China Boom

Taiwan is attracting interest as perhaps the last place to find affordable shares in companies with extensive Chinese operations. Read more..

By KEITH BRADSHER - The New York Times

I Want My Web TV

A growing number of people are watching TV online; sometimes the future looks very different when it arrives and more. Read more..

By DAN MITCHELL - The New York Times

Markets Slide as Wall Street Sees Signs of Trouble

Stocks plunged to their lowest level in a month, capping a week of poor earnings reports, particularly at large banks. Read more..

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM - The New York Times

Millionaires by the Millions

There are 9.3 million households in the U.S. with net worths of at least $1 million; bargain hunting on Wall Street; green investing and more. Read more..

By PAUL B. BROWN - The New York Times

Sending Up Satellites and Closing the Digital Divide

Pradman P. Kaul, C.E.O. of Hughes Communications, discusses satellite communications and how his company can compete with cable and phone companies. Read more..

By WILLIAM J. HOLSTEIN - The New York Times

The Prize That Even Some Laureates Question

Dismay with the kind of work that has often been honored by the Nobel prize in economics has led even a couple of its winners to suggest it be abolished. Read more..

By PATRICIA COHEN - The New York Times

There’s Peril in the Parallels as China Takes a Top Spot

China now leads the world in the number of publicly traded companies with market values of more than $200 billion, but this is not necessarily good news for investors. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

U.N. Agency Gives Boost to WiMax

In a victory for Intel, the U.N. telecommunications agency in Geneva gave the upstart technology called WiMax a vote of approval on Thursday. Read more..

By VICTORIA SHANNON - The New York Times

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