Marketplace for Monday, December 30, 2013

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The attacks in Volgograd in the past two days have raised fear of terrorism in Russia in the lead up to the February Sochi Winter Olympics -- in particular, that major transportation hubs are more likely to be targeted. Terrorism fears could put a major economic dent in Russia's Olympic plans. Next, if you want to spend your New Year’s Eve at Applebees in New York, they will hook you up for a mere $375 a head. New Year’s Eve is big business for restaurants and party spaces. Also, week look back at the stories of 2013 from China that’ll be important to understanding China next year: air pollution plus China’s hangover from 3 decades of economic growth. And finally, the once-phenomenally profitable orange juice business is being squeezed by a bunch of little bacteria.

How to sell your hair for $4,000

What the interest in selling body parts - like hair, breast milk, and eggs - says about our economy.
Posted In: selling your hair, kidney sales

In prison you get health care. When you're released ...

At last count, the nation was spending $6.5 billion a year treating mental illness, substance abuse and chronic conditions in prisons.
Posted In: medicaid, prison, health care

New Year's at Applebee's: $375 per person

If you want to spend your New Year’s Eve at Applebee's in Times Square, it'll set you back a mere $375 a head.
Posted In: New Year's eve

Why you acting crazy, Twitter?

Twitter's stock is down a significant amount this week after a string of strong performances. Even professionals wonder why.
Posted In: stock valuations

Swiss bank account holders, time to fess up!

Many Swiss banks have agreed to work with U.S. tax officials, as Switzerland removes some of its cherished bank secrecy.
Posted In: tax laws, Swiss banks

Will Volgograd attacks scare off Olympic tourists?

The attacks in Volgograd in the past two days have raised fear of terrorism in Russia in the lead up to the February Sochi Winter Olympics.
Posted In: Sochi, Olympics, Russia, Chechen

Jane Austen explains monetary policy

Citi strategist Steven Englander translated some financial wonkery using quotes from "Emma" and other classics.
Posted In: Jane Austen, Emma, Pride and Prejudice

A year in China: bad air, bad debt

This was the year of "forced transparency" in China, exposing bad debt and bad pollution.
Posted In: China, bad debt, air pollution

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Palace Chalice
Mux Mool
Harps
The Sea and Cake, The Sea and Cake
Dr. Banard [Explicit]
Suff Daddy
Cirrus
Bonobo
Boys I Like
Desert Stars

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