Marketplace: the dollar and the snow day01/28/15
Airing on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015: A strong dollar is causing some companies to lose money because it makes their overseas products more expensive, leading to falling demand. This impacts stock prices, which is a problem for all of us because America...
Marketplace: Sling and Bitcoin
Airing on Monday, January 26, 2015: Dish goes over the top with Sling, and enters the growing universe of alternatives to traditional cable. We take a look at the competitive landscape on the other side of the equation. Plus, we check in on the health...
Marketplace: UPS and SkyMall
Airing on Friday, January 23, 2015: UPS' investment in late-order Christmas deliveries illustrates the risk when a company tries to keep up with changing customer expectations. The company estimates it lost $200 million on the venture. Plus,...
Marketplace: Google wireless and pipeline spill
Airing on Thursday, January 22, 2015: Google is reportedly making deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to sell wireless plans directly to customers. We examine how this might work and how much disruption it might cause in the industry. Plus, a broken...
Marketplace: middle-class economics and Davos
Airing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015:The idea of middle-class economics was front and center in the president’s State of the Union address. Sure, it serves as a political framework, but how does it work as an economic one? Plus, as part of a...
Marketplace: State of the Union and oil
Airing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015: The U.S. is still struggling, as the president will note in this evening's State of the Union speech, but at least the economy is stillgrowing. Most of the rest of the world is slowing. Plus, as the world market...
Marketplace: healthcare and the rich
Airing on Monday, January 19, 2015: Well-funded lobbyists are rallying to end a $3 billion-a-year tax and refund the revenue to the medical device industry. Its potential repeal reflects how difficult it is to change the healthcare system. Plus,Obama...
Marketplace: currency trading and public school
Airing on Friday, January 16, 2015:There’s a huge currency trading market that companies use to even out the value of the world’s many currencies –and that traders large and small speculate in. When there’s a surprise like the Swiss franc move, it...
Marketplace: big banks and sick leave
Airing on Thursday, January 15, 2015: Big banks are reporting lower revenue, in part because of less trading. Are lower profits for banks, especially from trading, necessarily bad for the economy? Plus, the Swiss franc soared today after Switzerland...
Marketplace: retail sales and big banks
Airing on Wednesday, January 14, 2015: Falling gas prices are putting more money in people’s pockets, but retail sales were down in December, even after excluding cheap gas. Where is the money going, and how reliable are retail sales as an indicator...
Marketplace: Aetna and work wellness
Airing on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015: Aetna is raising wages for its lowest-paid workers to a minimum $16 an hour. Those affected are mainly customer-service and billing people. Aetna says it needs to attract the best people it can, and retain them, as...
Marketplace: McDonalds and auto shows
Airing on Monday, January 12, 2015: McDonald's new ad focuses on franchises around the country that have used their signs to support the community. But the new strategy is getting a mixed response. Plus, President Obama calls for new rules for...
01-09-2015- Marketplace- The cost of free college
In theory, a growing economy and tighter labor market mean increasing competition among employers, which should push wages up. That's still not happening. Plus. Time Warner Cable and AOL merged 15 years ago, and almost immediately fell behind the...
Marketplace: housing, 40 hours and biologics
Airing on Thursday, January 8, 2015: Obama pushes a plan to lower some mortgage premiums by $900 a year. What does that mean for the housing market? Plus, we look at the evolution of the 40-hour workweek in light of a Republican push to define...
Marketplace: deflation and diversity
Airing on Wednesday January 7, 2015:Europe officially has deflation, and its economy is weak. But is some deflation better than others? Plus,Intel throws $300 million at workplace diversity problem, which is really a pipeline problem. Can you fix the...
Marketplace: ESPN and CES
Airing on Tuesday January 6, 2015: At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there's an explosion of gadgets that would place sensors throughout your home. Plus,ESPN has always been the key network for cable bundles, but now Dish is offering ESPN...
Marketplace: Grexit and carbon tax
Airing on Monday January 5, 2015:Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, is the latest to warn of a Greek exit – or "Grexit"–from the Eurozone if the anti-austerity Syriza party comes to power. We look at whether a "Grexit" would harm Europe more now...
Marketplace: college football and the Noid
Airing on January 2, 2015: The first college football playoffs are upon us, and they are a huge moneymaker for football and colleges. The biggest question may be how quickly they can be expanded. Plus, we uncover the story behind a notoriously creepy...
Marketplace: hangovers and housing market
Hangovers have existed as long as overconsumption of alcohol. (That is to say: as long as alcohol.)But even though every few years a new technique or pill is offered as a cure, the task may be futile. Plus, most housing market watchers are predicting...
Marketplace: Weight Watchers and nonprofits
Airing on Wednesday December 31, 2014:As nonprofits work hard to get your end-of-year donations, some will also try to get something else: permission to share your information with other charities. Plus, the weight-loss industry is on a diet of its...
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