Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 5, 2012

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President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today.  It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

Tiger Woods still a winner for advertisers

The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back in form on the heels of his first PGA win in two years. Regardless of whether he wins, TV executives are counting on Tiger to pump up the ratings.
Posted In: Sports, Tiger Woods, Golf, advertising

Spain continues to struggle against debt problems

Government borrowing costs reach a five month high in Spain, having many worried that the country will soon take the biggest problem in Europe crown from Greece.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis

The regional differences in the U.S. job market

Are some cities doing better than others when it comes to recovery, and a positive outlook for jobs in the near future?
Posted In: cities, Jobs

Early jobs report shows planned layoffs falling

This morning, the job placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that the number of planned layoffs dropped last month to a 10-month low -- a good sign as we await unemployment numbers from the government tomorrow.
Posted In: Jobs, layoffs, Unemployment

Budget issues hurt Greece's 2012 Olympic plans

Today, the Greek Athletics Federation laid out what it sees as a "bleak future" for sports. The federation has suspended track and field events as part of budget cutbacks. That puts into question Greece's ability compete in the London Olympics this summer.
Posted In: Olympics, Greece, London Olympics, Europe debt crisis

Michigan and Detroit agree on deal to help city's deficit

The city of Detroit has a projected a deficit of more than $200 million his year -- and it could run out of money by June. Last night, Detroit's city council narrowly passed a controversial deal with the State of Michigan.
Posted In: budget, Michigan, Detroit

Is the European debt crisis resurfacing?

There are some economic headwinds blowing strong right now. And one of them is coming from Spain where a disappointing bond auction yesterday sent government borrowing costs to a 5 month high and renewed fears about the European Debt Crisis.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank, spain

PODCAST: Americans paying off debt, not so much in Spain

President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today. It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

The 24-hour billionaire

One New York Times reporter recently received the best assignment ever: to play billionaire for a day. We chat about what his day was like, and what surprised him.
Posted In: millionaire, the wealthy

Good news for the U.S., bad news for Europe

While the U.S. reported the lowest number of applicants for unemployment benefits last month, Spain is reviving worries about the situation in Europe.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, unemployment benefits

What doesn't work in the JOBS Act

Today, President Obama signs the JOBS Act. The legislation could provide more investment for small business. But critics say the bill could rollback regulations.
Posted In: JOBS Act, Small Business

JOBS Act boosts startups through 'crowdfunding'

With the JOBS Act, small companies can now get off the ground by selling stock on the Internet to everyday people -- without going through the hassle of a stock exchange.
Posted In: Small Business, kickstarter, startup, JOBS Act

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Please Don't Go
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