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The sweet smell of election uncertainty

Oct 28, 2004
Today we saw a complex series of moves and non-moves at the Federal Election Commission. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports that the upshot... may be just what the country's hankering for: more uncertainty.

But how will it play in Paris?

Oct 28, 2004
Lately, many American companies haven't been doing so well abroad. Gap's international sales have fallen and it's pulled out of Germany. Disney's theme park near Paris is doing so badly that it's been rescued by its U.S. parent. Even Wal-Mart is struggling with European sales. Commentator Fareed Zakaria argues the fate of American icons abroad may depend on what happens November Second.

Outsourcing issues

Oct 28, 2004
President Bush has defended the outsourcing of American jobs as an inevitable byproduct of globalization - while challenger John Kerry claims to have a plan to slow the flow of jobs overseas. This issue has special resonance in textile producing areas of the Southeast and the industrial Midwest. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bangalore, the world's largest democracy is anxious over the outcome, too.
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The business of being uninsured

Oct 28, 2004
You've heard the statistic in a campaign ad. Nearly 45 million Americans have no health insurance. To the presidential contenders, it's a thorny political problem. But to entrepreneur Brenda Broberg of Green Bay, Wisconsin, this sounds more like a business opportunity. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner explains.

Place your bets ...

Oct 28, 2004
Wanna bet on the presidential race? Well, Las Vegas won't let you put any money down on it, but Iowa City will. The University of Iowa business school runs futures markets to research how well they predict election outcomes. Organizers say they do a better job than polls. From South Dakota Public Radio, Curt Nickisch reports.

Prediction markets

Oct 28, 2004
Can market forces predict who our next president will be? A lot of traders in presidential futures think they can. Marketplace's Chris Farrell tells host Kai Ryssdal what those futures markets are telling us about this year's election.

Check 21

Oct 28, 2004
It's going to be tougher now to float checks 'til payday. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Penny Gillespie with Forrester Reseach about new check processing rules that take effect today

Pssst. Want to buy a flu shot?

Oct 27, 2004
The New York Times reports today that Washington has set up a web site for state and local health officials to track where, when and how many flu shots are available. The laws of supply and demand suggest the short supply of vaccine will tend to go where the money is. And a lot of that money is in a growing black market. From the Marketplace health desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer checks it out. (Photo: Getty Images)

Can you hold this check for a day or two?

Oct 27, 2004
Timing is everything. Just ask someone in the habit of floating a check. Managing cash flow is not just an issue for those who live paycheck to paycheck: its a big deal for many small businesses. As of tomorrow, you'll want to be very careful about having enough money in the bank to cover that check. Kim Clark, a senior writer at US News and World Report tells us it's called Check 21 and it's designed to speed up the processing of the 40 billion checks written each year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Attracting the female voter

Oct 27, 2004
A new Reuters/Zogby poll says President Bush leads John Kerry by three points nationwide. Kerry is holding on to some traditionally Democratic voting blocs like African Americans and union members. But, the poll says, Senator Kerry trails President Bush when it comes to women. Commentator and family advocate Karen Kornbluh attributes this to the way Mr. Bush has packaged his message.

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