Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Jon Corzine heads to Congress today to answer for the collapse of brokerage firm MF Global. The European Union is looking to the International Monetary Fund for bailout help, and that could have ripple effects in the U.S. Reporter Sally Herships looks at what other businesses can gain from big-box storse like Costco and Walmart. And the countdown to a big European summit is nearing its end.

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Europe looks to the IMF

The Europeans are starting to turn to the IMF for help with bailouts. Some in Congress are resisting. But withdrawing our help could have consequences.
Posted In: IMF

Big-box superstores as bellwether indicators

Major retailers like Costco and Walmart often act as indicators of the overall economy, because they can reveal trends for what -- and if -- people are buying.
Posted In: Costco, Walmart, Retail

Former MF Global CEO testifies before Congress

Jon Corzine will have to explain how the bank lost $1 billion of customer money.
Posted In: MF Global

Germany's tough role in euro debt crisis

Critics have been complaining that Germany has grown too dominant in the EU, a sharp turn from previous complaints that the country wasn't doing enough to solve the problem.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Germany

Is the American Dream really disappearing?

We asked Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport about whether Americans are pessimistic about the future, and how that compares to Americans of decades past.
Posted In: American dream, Gallup

Do the ratings agencies need a downgrade?

Europe and the U.S. are both exploring new options for judging the value of debt after increasing threats of downgrade from agencies like S&P and Moody's.
Posted In: ratings agencies, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, downgrade

Coffee consumption on the rise around the world

Coffee consumption continues to grow globally, and some predict that the price of raw coffee will continue to dip in the coming years.
Posted In: coffee

Smaller euro countries fear pressure from France, Germany

Representatives from countries like Finland fear that tomorrow's summit could force their hand on some issues, and create a new culture in the eurozone where powerful countries trump the rest.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Finland

The danger of relying on ratings agencies

As economic turmoil continues in Europe, leaders there -- and here in the U.S. -- are weary of the blind reliance on ratings agencies to value debt.
Posted In: Standard & Poor's, ratings agencies, Greek debt

PODCAST: Bigger stockpiles, butter shortage

Jon Corzine heads to Congress today to answer for the collapse of brokerage firm MF Global. The European Union is looking to the International Monetary Fund for bailout help, and that could have ripple effects in the U.S. Reporter Sally Herships looks at what other businesses can gain from big-box storse like Costco and Walmart. And the countdown to a big European summit is nearing its end.
Posted In: butter, Retail, Oil, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Streamlining holiday shopping

With increased competition from online retailers, stores across the country are taking steps to make the holiday shopping experience a bit faster.
Posted In: holiday shopping, retail sales, consumer

ECB drops interest rates to 1 %

Economist Adolfo Laurenti discusses the rate cut and the role of the European Central Bank in Europe's future.
Posted In: interest rates, Europe, European Central Bank

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