Marketplace Morning Report

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, September 14, 2012

Yesterday Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke laid out the Fed's new economic stimulus plan. It's round 3 of so-called quantitative easing, and the Fed will buy $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities every month. A year ago Monday, a group of protestors gathered in lower Manhattan, kicking off what would become the global phenomenon of Occupy Wall Street. Occupy raised a surprising pile of money -- but how was it spent? And it used to be, if you ordered something off the Internet, you didn't have to pay state sales tax. But now Amazon is now charging sales tax in a growing number of states; California goes on that list this weekend.  

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Economy

PODCAST: Ripples from QE3

U.S. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke speaks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2012 following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Bernanke said that the country's unemployment situation 'remains a grave concern' while speaking after the Fed cut its growth projections for 2012 and announced fresh monetary easing efforts aimed at pushing down long-term interest rates to encourage investment and hiring.
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How QE3 could help the economy

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill July 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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 U.S. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2012.
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Business

Sales tax may cut into Amazon's edge

With Amazon beginning to charge sales tax in some states, analysts think it may convince some consumers to buy big-ticket items in traditional brick-and-mortar stores.
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