Now Playing: 02-14-12 Marketplace

Gas prices continue to rise, but why are we paying more at the pump? Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with President Obama at the White House today, highlighting disputes over currency and trade between the two nations. New York bureau chief Heidi Moore explores the controversy in the Volcker Rule. What impact would sanctions have on the Syrian economy? And Kai Ryssdal talks to John and Maggie Anderson about their experiment in shopping only at black-owned businesses for a year.