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Marketplace for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Emerging markets are in a tizzy, in large part because investors are reacting to the Federal Reserve’s decision to taper its stimulus program. Plus, the President stumbled over the name of a new, government backed retirement savings account during the State of the Union Address -- but he’ll get another shot to get the name right when he touts the “My-R-A” today in Pittsburgh. We explain how it might work, and why  it’s needed in the first place. Finally, two TV stations in Los Angeles want to undertake an experiment: Share their airwaves so they can sell back, for wireless use, the part they don’t use. It’s a step in an FCC plan to take back spectrum used by TV broadcasters who mostly rely on cable now, to use for other essential purposes.

Inequality: Capitalism's 'squeaky wheel'

Harvard Business School's Nancy Koehn says the bottom 90 percent of the population spends money in a way that create jobs
Posted In: income inequality

Why the dollar dominates global currency

The dollar continues to tighten its grip as the world's reserve currency.
Posted In: dollar, currency

myRA retirement plans, explained

myRA is a new, government-backed retirement plan designed for low-income workers, who don’t have IRAs or 401Ks.
Posted In: retirement savings plans, Retirement, State of the Union, myRA

Can two TV stations share the same airwaves?

Two TV stations in Los Angeles want to undertake an experiment: Share their airwaves so they can sell back, for wireless use, the part of the spectrum they don’t use.
Posted In: cable, wireless internet, spectrum

What tapering in the U.S. has to do with Turkey and South Africa

Why our recovery is throwing emerging economies into a tizzy
Posted In: taper, Federal Reserve, emerging markets

How cash is like Bitcoin. And how Bitcoin is like Kim Kardashian.

What we can learn about cash, by learning about Bitcoin
Posted In: bitcoin, cash, Kim Kardashian

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