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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. What will that do to interest rates? Next, BP has long complained that its settlement money for the Deepwater Horizon spill was often spent frivolously. Now it’s going public with its complaints about claims that businesses have filed against it, starting with Emeril Lagasse, the New Orleans chef. Finally, it used to be that sports and fashion marketing existed on the periphery of the Hollywood entertainment business. But as a IMG’s sale to William Morris demonstrates, the talent business is diversifying.

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