Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 16, 2013

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago. His party's policy of "Abenomics" involves lots of stimulus spending, easy money from the central banks and then structural reforms. The Italian Prime Minister has called it his country's "true nightmare." The German Chancellor says it threatens the future of Europe. They are talking about staggeringly high numbers of young people who can't find work. It's a much bigger problem in Europe than in the U.S., where it's also a problem. All this week, Marketplace is putting the spotlight on what we're calling Generation Jobless. And, thought you'd stop by the post office today with your packages? Six million of your friends and neighbors will be doing the same thing on this busiest mailing day of the year.

PODCAST: Will Bernanke taper the stimulus on his way out the door?

Now that some parts of the economy seem addicted to the Fed's stimulus, how does the central bank extricate it? Facebook will be added to the S&P 500. So what exactly does that mean? And, a company called Pave that lets financial backers invest in the future of promising young people.

Google buys terrifying robot maker

Google has purchased Boston Dynamics.
Posted In: Google, robots

What the heck is a Bitcoin?

All this week, Marketplace Tech is looking at Bitcoin.
Posted In: techsplainer, bitcoin

Invest in youth, get a cut of their successes

A company called Pave that lets financial backers invest in the future of promising young people. If their careers take off, the investors get a cut of their success.
Posted In: investment

Swiss banks agree to help U.S. on tax evader crackdown

There was a time not so long ago when if you wanted to store money somewhere, no questions asked, you’d go to Switzerland. Maybe not so much anymore.
Posted In: Swiss, Banks, Credit Suisse, Tax evasion

A long, strange trip for the Fed's extraordinary stimulus

Now that some parts of the economy seem addicted to the Fed's stimulus, how does the central bank extricate it?
Posted In: Fed, Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, stimulus

What does 74% youth unemployment feel like?

Italy's prime minister calls youth unemployment his country's "true nightmare."
Posted In: Europe, spain, Greece, European debt crisis

Will the arrows of 'Abenomics' hit their target in Japan?

It's the one year anniversary of Japan's great experiment in trying to lift itself from economic lethargy.
Posted In: Shinzo Abe, Japan

A peek inside the Post Office before Christmas

Monday is purported to be the U.S. Postal Service's biggest day of the year.
Posted In: holiday shopping, usps

Facebook is being added to the S&P 500. So what?

Facebook will be added to the S&P 500. So what exactly does that mean?
Posted In: Facebook, Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 index, NASDAQ

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Drank In My Cup (Instrumental)
Kirko Bangz
L'insouleance
Souleance
Heartbeats
The Knife
A Mother (For Your Mind)
The Herbaliser

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