07-25-2014- Marketplace- End For Red Light Cameras?07/25/14
We’ve come to expect lousy earnings reports from Amazon, but yesterday’s was beyond lousy, and the stock is down 11 percent this morning. Has Amazon finally reached a point where it’s going to have to behave like other companies and make some money?...
07-24-2014- Marketplace- Facebooks Figured Out Mobile
Facebook’s blow-the-roof off earnings report shows that it has figured out mobile, and is set to dominate the mobile ad world. So how did that happen, and what comes next? Plus, in its latest earnings report, automaker GM has revealed that it expects...
07-23-2014- Marketplace- Big Box Target Goes Small
Fighting between Israel and Hamas has led some U.S. and European airlines to cancel flights to Israel on safety grounds. We explore how airlines decide when they should or should not fly to a given destination. Plus,Target Corp. opened its first...
07-22-2014- Marketplace- Is Boeing And Deltas Friendship Over?
Is inflation dead? Seems fair to say it’s at least comatose. The latest numbers show little movement in consumer prices and that’s unlikely to change soon. Plus, companies like Comcast and Netflix are raking it in. So what are they doing with all that...
07-21-2014- Marketplace- TSA Security Fees Increase
European leaders are angry with Russia and say President Vladimir Putin should do more to rein in the Russian separatists in Ukraine suspected of being involved in bringing down flight MH17. We examine what sanctions it would take to persuade Russia...
07-18-2014- Marketplace- More Users More Money
Ukraine told airlines to avoid parts of its airspace. MH17 did that, but was shot down anyway. We look at what happens when countries recommend the closure of flight lanes and how airlines handle the decision and where to fly. Also,It’s almost certain...
07-17-2014- Marketplace- Gigantic Layoffs
Microsoft is laying off 14 percent of its staff, 18,000 employees. We look at how you manage a layoff process this big over that kind of time, and what effect it has on productivity and morale. Also,Amazon is preparing to launch an e-book subscription...
07-16-2014- Marketplace- Farmers Ignoring The Drought
Apple and IBM have reached an agreement to produce software applications exclusively for iPads and iPhones. But will the biggest impact be on the companies that are not part of the deal? Also,Rupert Murdoch’s reported offer of $80 billion has been...
07-15-2014- Marketplace- The Temporary Spending Bill
Congress appears headed toward a temporary spending bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke next month. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on a long-term funding mechanism for repairing and upgrading the national infrastructure....
The markets are near record levels and individual investors who have sat out until now are belatedly joining in, an indication that the real money has already been made. But where else is there to invest in our zero-interest world? That’s one big...
07-11-2014- Marketplace- The Cig Biz Gets Bigger
Reynolds and Lorillard, two big cigarette companies, are merging. You might think that with all the bans on smoking in bars, restaurants and public spaces, the cig business would be pretty small these days. But the fact is cigarettes are still huge,...
07-10-2014- Marketplace- Growth In Airliner Sales
News that Chinese hackers broke into databases holding personal information on government employees is confirmation that your information is not safe, whether it be in a bank or a government vault. Now it’s all up to the private sector to protect our...
07-09-2014- Marketplace- More Jobs?
Citigroup is close to reaching a $7 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over allegations that it sold shoddy mortgages. The J.P. Morgan Chase settlement back in November was $13 billion, which raises the question: How does the Justice...
07-08-2014- Marketplace- The $6,000 Intern
After a blaze of success that propelled it into going public, the Crumbs cupcake company is going out of business. We look at the object lessons that other one-product businesses might take from the Crumbs saga. Plus, anew report looks at grads who...
07-07-2014- Marketplace- Inexpensive Food in U.S.
Banks needing cash temporarily pawn off treasuries to get it – usually just for a day or two. The system is under strain because the Fed has bought so many bonds and also because regulations require many financial institutions to hold bonds as...
07-03-2014- Marketplace - Fireworks and Beer
Ready to watch some fireworks this Independence Day? Even if they're banned in your neighborhood, you'll probably still see and hear a few. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, most states have restrictions on large types of firework....
07-03-2014- Marketplace- Figures It Out
The latest jobs figures from the Department of Labor show the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent last month. That's the lowest since 2008, when the Great Recession kicked in. We explore how the jobs landscape has changed since then and what people...
Obama: Middle-class issues drive my agenda
A wide-ranging interview about the economy with President Barack Obama.
07-02-2014- Marketplace- Education-Tech Dollars
Target is following other national chains in asking gun owners not to bring their guns shopping, including states where open-carry is legal. Target has been a target of both open-carry demonstrators in Texas, and anti-gun groups protesting people...
07-01-2014- Marketplace- End of the Draw
Several government agencies are making worried noises about the number of HELOCs that will come due in the next two years. These balloon payments that result from “end of the draw”, when a line of credit matures, could put a great deal of stress on...
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