Marketplace for Tuesday August 26, 2014

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The durable goods number today came with a mixed message. They were up big, but only because Airline companies bought lots of planes. Take that number out, and things don’t look so rosy. Plus, according to data from the credit agency TransUnion, the national credit card delinquency rate has declined to its lowest level in the last seven years, to 1.16 percent. Banks are known to make revenue from credit card debt and late payments, but how much do they depend on them? Is this latest trend affecting their business – and is the improvement in the payment delinquency rate a blip? Also, CNN is offering buyouts to older employees with several years on board. But what’s the personal calculation when you get an offer in your late 50’s, several years away from retirement, with a comfortable salary. Is it a boon or a jump off a cliff?

Crowdfunding the path to college

More students are banking on the generosity of strangers to foot their bills.
Posted In: crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, higher education, college costs, financial aid, News

A 'knee defender' diverted a United Airlines flight

A battle in the war for legroom on a plane.
Posted In: Airlines, planes, legroom

4 questions to ask if you're offered a late-career buyout

Congratulations, you're being offered a buyout. Is that... good?
Posted In: cnn, buyout, Retirement
Credit delinquencies

The credit card delinquency rate is at a 7-year low

Rates are actually "considerably lower" than before the recession hit.
Posted In: credit card debt, Banks, revenue, credit, debt

Here's why the durable goods number is soaring

Today's great durable goods number doesn't necessarily mean that all is well.
Posted In: Boeing, Airlines, durable goods

Families search for affordable water in Detroit

We talked with Detroiters as they looked for relief at a water affordability fair.
Posted In: Detroit bankruptcy, Detroit, utilities

Weathering the Ebola epidemic in Liberia

It's not just Ebola that's hurting people in West Point, Monrovia.
Posted In: Ebola, Africa

Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million

The hot start-up boasts huge viewership and Amazon is paying big bucks for it.
Posted In:, Amazon, video games

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Feelin Allright [Explicit]
Suff Daddy
Love Jones
J Dilla
Missing Words
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
7th Symphony

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