Econ 101: October 3, 2012

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  • U.S. investigations into insider trading are up 43 percent this year. [Financial Times]
  • A federal plan under which investors would purchase homes in foreclosure and turn them into rentals has hit several snags. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The latest data show that Asian economies continue to struggle. [New York Times]
  • Restaurants and bars are having their strongest year for job growth since 2004. [Bloomberg]
  • Auto executives believe that Americans are finally shifting their preference to smaller cars. [Financial Times]
  • The U.S. birth rate fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2011. [Associated Press]
  • Holiday sales are expected to increase by 4.1 percent this year. [The Hill]