Joel Patterson joined the Marketplace Index team in November 2011.

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Soaring rhetoric: 2012 commencement addresses

With graduation in the air, here's a sampling of inspiring commencement speeches of 2012 featured in today's show.
Posted In: graduation, college grads, commencement speech, speech, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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ReMarket Podcast: Finding new angles

From presidential posters to owls, we look back at some of the unique ways the Marketplace staff addressed the news this past week.
Posted In: remarket podcast
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Italian police seize $6 trillion in fake bonds

Yep, that’s trillion with a “T”.
Posted In: bonds, counterfeit, U.S. Treasury, Switzerland, italy
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Opportunity index hits record high

Regardless of positive spin, the housing picture in the U.S. is less than rosy.
Posted In: real estate, homeownership, index
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Kellogg buys Pringles for $2.7 billion

The breakfast cereal king takes a shot at owning the between-meal-eating category as well.
Posted In: pringles, Kellogg's
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$5-per-gallon gas?

It's only February and gas prices are already on the rise. At the current trajectory, summer could bring record highs at the pump.
Posted In: gas prices
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Getting vets working again

With employment at 13 percent for U.S. veterans, big companies are starting initiatives to get them back to work in civilian life.
Posted In: veterans, military, Jobs, Unemployment
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Consumer sentiment slips

Macroeconomic signs point to a brighter future, but average Americans are still struggling with the basics.
Posted In: consumer sentiment, gas prices, wages
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$25 billion foreclosure settlement announced

Five big banks punished for illegal lending practices.
Posted In: mortgage crisis, robosigning, President Obama, foreclosures, Housing
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Low job ‘churn’ hurting economic recovery

Risk-averse Americans are less and less willing to quit their jobs in pursuit of a better fit.
Posted In: Jobs, employment, churn

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