Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The latest threat for Europe comes from Standard & Poor's: a possible downgrade of 15 countries if the debt problems continue. Irish citizens are bracing for the fourth year of austerity. Author Robert Neuwirth says the informal economy could soon make up two-thirds of the world's workforce. Pollution in China could be a benefit for the U.S., and Microsoft sets out to revamp XBox Live.

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Debt in the eurozone and in the U.S. have been under strict scrutiny by ratings agencies. Is there a better way?
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World
Rami Makhlouf is the owner the successful cell phone company Syriatel -- and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. That relation has made the businessman and his company the target of Syrian protesters who want to overthrow the al-Assad regime.
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Author Robert Neuwirth says that the the informal economy, including this Pakistani carpet vendor, will grow to include two-thirds of the workers in the world by the end of this decade.
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A lot happened while you slept. Marketplace Morning Report® host David Brancaccio explores the latest on markets, money, jobs and innovation, providing the context you need to make smart decisions.