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NCAA president advocates "scholarships for life"

Jul 9, 2014
Mark Emmert defended the NCAA model...while proposing some changes.
Team USA

People don't conference call during the World Cup

Jul 1, 2014
The volume is down 11 percent.
Posted In: World Cup, conference calls
BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has to pay $8.9 billion in violations

Jun 30, 2014
The French bank lost big time.
Posted In: BNP Paribas

Matt Lauer asks Mary Barra about being a mom and GM CEO

Jun 26, 2014
Matt Lauer interviewed Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, Thursday morning.
Posted In: GM, Mary Barra, Matt Lauer
Television

$200 a month for TV in 2020

Jun 25, 2014
And other reasons we're cutting the cord.
Posted In: cable bill, Comcast, Time Warner Cable

What is the biggest business in your home state?

Jun 24, 2014
In Vermont, it's the Keurig Green Mountain company, of coffee fame.
Posted In: Warren Buffett

You say potato, I say po-tah-toe... in the tech world

Jun 23, 2014
A poll asked folks how they pronounce tech words and the results are fascinating.
Posted In: data, remote control

Yo, $1 million. Yo.

Jun 18, 2014
Yo, new app. Yo, tech bubble.
Posted In: Yo, tech bubble

Take your tips from the June Vogue and spend $343,368

Jun 17, 2014
A data journalist at WNYC added it up.
Posted In: Vogue, magazines, WNYC

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About this collection

You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.