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Troubled stock market leaves few investors contemplating big shifts; which actor would you work for?

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Investors snapped up stocks in the final half-hour of trading Friday to end the week on an upswing for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It closed ahead by 0.79 percent.

A recession, if one comes, apparently won't cause most investors to change the sizes or composition of their portfolios, brokerage giant Edward Jones reports. It surveyed 1,000 people and found that only 8 percent admitted giving any thought to retrenching, given the prevailing market conditions. Most of those who said they had were between the ages of 18 and 24. By a margin of 66 percent to 59 percent, women remained more committed than men to their current portfolios.

Roughly half of married couples in the US share bank accounts. But that doesn't mean each partner always wants the other to know where he (or she) is spending their money, a new survey has found. PayPal, the online cash-transfer service, says 1 respondent in 4 shops online to try to hide purchases from a spouse. And that, it adds (again citing respondents), is the cause of at least one argument a month.

Asked, "Which former Oscar winner would you most want to work for if he or she operated a business?" respondents to a survey ranked both Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins as No. 1. Hillary Swank finished second among actresses. The runner-up actor: Robert DeNiro. The poll for online job site CareerBuilder.com sampled 6,704 people who work full time (but are not self-employed). The 80th Academy Awards were presented Sunday night.


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