Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, September 30, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, September 30, 2011

Personal income level slips for first time in two years

While Americans spent slightly more money in August, their incomes are also down slightly -- for the first time since 2009.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Chris Low: 'Income is what determines consumption'

Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, is worried about the long term -- for income, for consumers, and for banks.
Posted In: Economy

Massachusetts abolishes lifetime alimony in most cases

The tough economy has forced lawmakers to reform antiquated rules. In Massachusetts, that means cutting out lifetime payments to former spouses.
Posted In: Law

Bank of America to charge $5 monthly debit card fee

Bank of America will start charging $5 a month for debit cards starting next year. Is the company looking for revenge on Washington?
Posted In: Banks

U.S. reportedly investigating Chinese companies' reverse mergers

Chinese high-tech stock prices are dropping, in part because of a manufacturing slow down, and in part because of an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
Posted In: China

Getting advice from personal finance blogs

There are thousands of personal finance blogs out there on the web. Do business bloggers know what they are talking about? Can you trust them for financial advice? Which ones are the best?
Posted In: Personal Finance

Should military teams join college football conferences?

Army and Navy are set to square off this weekend on the football field. They're both up for spots in the Big East conference, but will joining be beneficial?
Posted In: Sports

Swipe fees drop

Merchants can start charging less for consumer card swipes now. But don't worry, banks are going to make up for that.
Posted In: Banks

Lessons learned from Michigan

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm talks about the state's tough struggles during the recession, and about the future ahead for America.
Posted In: Economy

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This Is Happening
LCD Soundsystem
Talk About Body [Explicit]
JD Samson & MEN
La Folie [Explicit]
The Stranglers
Broken Dreams Club
Girls