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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How has the global financial crisis affected you?


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Shinichi Kojima
Programmer, 68
I'm worried about my retirement. I work part-time and will retire soon. The cost of everyday items is increasing and I have to budget carefully.



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Kartika Putri
Interpreter (Indonesia)
Food prices are now really high. I have to allocate a lot more time to finding cheap food for lunch and dinner. It's too expensive to get snacks on the street now.

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Ken Tokui
Engineer, 43
I have shares and the prices have dropped, but I'm not too worried. They are investments for the next 20 years. But I am worried that my customers are spending less.

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Nick Cryer
Teacher, 27 (English)
It's made me think about my future. England's been badly affected, so it's not a good time to return and look for work. In terms of my day-to-day life, it hasn't really hit me at all.

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Janelle Bailey
Counselor (Australian)
People in my profession will probably have more work in these troubled times. I can't retire for at least another 30 years, so it's not too much of a concern for me.

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Justin Pront
IT consultant, 27 (U.S.)
It's affected my travels because plane ticket prices have sky-rocketed. It hasn't negatively affected my long-term future. It presents an opportunity for investors.



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