Marketplace for Friday April 18, 2014

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With spring in full swing across the US, economists are looking forward to a busy home-buying season. One factor that might push people to buy – the high cost of renting compared to owning. Since the financial crisis, people who hold a mortgage have been spending less on housing than people who rent. But that’s beginning to change, as Adriene Hill reports. Plus, Gillette is said to be close to unveiling a new razor with a blade that rotates on a ball hinge, the latest innovation in the high-end battle for the dollars men spend on grooming. The thing looks like a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and it’s enough to make you wonder… how do Gillette and others go about convincing men that this is something they need to have? Then, the Obama administration announced $2.5 billion more in loan guarantees for solar energy. Despite the Solyndra failure (followed not long after by the failure of several Chinese solar companies), solar has grown into a big industry. We count the ways.
Energy Secretary Bodman Opens Solar Power System On Energy Dept. Build

Solar grows, with government help

Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
Posted In: solar power
Shaving

Marketing to men with razors

Gillette is said to be close to unveiling a new razor with a blade that rotates on a ball hinge, the latest innovation in the high-end battle for the dollars men spend on grooming.
Posted In: razors, shaving, marketing

It's cheaper to buy than rent, but the gap is closing

Since the financial crisis, people who hold a mortgage have spent less on housing than people who rent. So why don't more people buy?
Posted In: Housing

Yellen's big speech number two

Kai talks with Felix Salmon from Reuters and Catherine Rampell of the Washinton Post about the week's biggest economic news.
Posted In: Yellen, interest rates

The employment problem of prime-age men

Men age 25 to 54 have been disappearing from employment for decades. In the recession it got worse. Now it's getting a bit better.
Posted In: unemployement
Fried chicken

As beef and pork prices rise, demand tastes like chicken

Why it's a great time to be a chicken farmer.
Posted In: pork, beef, chicken

Russia's annexation of Crimea comes with a cost

The Russian government faces many costs including the bill for infrastructure upgrades, increased salaries and pensions for officials.
Posted In: Crimea, Russia

Peak beard theory

Bearded men are about to have a close shave with the fashion police.

Got a favorite tree? Throw it a party

Marketplace Datebook for the week of April 21, 2014
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The Wonderful Sound Of Induce!
Lose Yourself to Dance
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Breaking Down
Florence + The Machine
Port of Call
Beirut
Palace Chalice
Mux Mool
Thunder Chicken
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