In Brief: Dec. 6, 1999

MOBILE-OFFICE INSURANCE a new brand of luggage for business travelers, is offering a little extra with its laptop bags. Each nylon bag equipped with a laptop compartment is insured for as much as $1,500 in case the piece of luggage is stolen in the first year. You just might need the coverage. Last year more than 300,000 laptops were swiped. "We wanted to add a sense of security to business travelers as they carry their virtual office with them," says firm president Katiee Quinn.

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF BONDS The year 1999 has been a tough one for...

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