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Why ban short selling?

Aug 12, 2011
Italy, France, Spain and Belgium banned short selling today. They want to calm the markets down, and they figure "the shorts," as they're called,...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Kai Ryssdal, live in five... four... three...

Aug 12, 2011
Kai writes... Let me just tell you right out -- I am biased. But I think there's really no better place in Southern California to talk about the...

Two more voices from Commerce about the state of our economy

Aug 12, 2011
A final thought on the way out of Commerce this Friday, about the topic du jour: The real economy and when it might get better. Since the expert...

Waiter, waiter! There's a recession in my salad!

Aug 12, 2011
New York grocer Zabar's busted subbing crawfish in so-called lobster salad. What's next, tilapia in the lox?

A.I.

Aug 12, 2011
The stock market's fastest electronic firms boosted trading threefold during the rout of August 1-10, Bloomberg reports. Gary Wedbush, executive...
Posted In: high-frequency trading, The Breakdown: Markets

Putting the market in its place

Aug 12, 2011
John Hailer, president of Natixis Asset Management, tells Marketplace's Heidi Moore he doesn't think the stock market is an indicator of the U.S....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Banks are jumpin' and the market is high

Aug 12, 2011
Bank of America, Citi, Wells, RBS, up, up, UP! Shares in banking companies sashayed higher today ... and no-one could really explain why. Many o...
Posted In: Banks, The Breakdown: Markets

Majority of execs expect business environment to deteriorate

Aug 12, 2011
Executives who think business conditions will worsen exceed those who are optimistic, as illustrated by The Economist's Daily Chart. In May, a...

Most Americans think worst is yet to come for economy

Aug 12, 2011
Americans' pessimism about the economy is at its highest this year, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll. Of adults surveyed, 68 percent said the...

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Attitude Check is a regular segement from Marketplace and Gallup Editor in Chief Frank M. Newport public opinion of the economy on issues from income to politics to consumer confidence with data, insight, and expert commentary.