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Marketplace for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop -- or at least slow --  its stimulative bond-buying program. Others are worried the buying will continue. But it’s not solely inflation they’re worried about. Next, tech companies are taking ownership – and therefore control – of everything from the cloud to so-called dark fibers. Finally, GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to push its drugs and will stop rewarding its sales reps to push doctors to push their drugs. But just what is this “sales rep” and what is her or his role?

Gold: As dull as it is shiny

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt explains why gold became the precious metal pick of the litter
Posted In: gold

How skinny jeans almost ruined America’s money

Those better have been some nice Levis...
Posted In: jeans, Money, Crane

Who will own the internet?

Tech companies are taking ownership -- and control -- of everything from the cloud to dark fiber.
Posted In: telecom, data, servers

The future of the pharmaceutical sales rep

GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to prescribe its drugs and will stop rewarding its sales reps for higher sales. The company has tested the approach in the U.S., judging salesmen on their medical and business knowledge, instead of how many drugs they sell.
Posted In: Health, pharmaceuticals, prescription drugs

Three risks you didn't know about the Fed

Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop -- or at least slow -- its stimulative bond-buying program.
Posted In: Fed, taper, Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, QE

Compared to its neighbors, more job prospects for youth in Germany

Youth unemployment sits at almost 24 percent across the EU. But in Germany, it's less than 8 percent.
Posted In: Germany, Unemployment, EU

In oil boom, happy to drive a truck by day, a cab by night

Elsie Ejismekwu is happy to have two driving jobs in the North Dakota oil fields as she starts her life over.
Posted In: Black Gold Boom, North Dakota, employment

On the high plains, an almost invisible coal industry counts on Asia

Strip mines in the Powder Ridge Basin of Wyoming and Montana are isolated and out of sight. Their efforts to expand exports of coal to Asia are making them more visible.
Posted In: coal, energy

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Narrow Sun
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