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Marketplace for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Stack ranking is the office equivalent of grading on a curve. Jack Welch, at GE, brought stack ranking to the fore. And Microsoft used to use it -- but has now killed it; even as Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s glamorous CEO, is ramping it up. Plus, new guidelines on the use of statins to lower cholesterol hold the promise to dramatically increase the number of Americans who take those drugs. Most of them are available as generics. Finally, a group of Occupy Wall Street activists has started to buy securitized personal debt on the cheap – and then forgive the debtors — not only to lift the burden from individuals, but to raise awareness about the debt collection industry and how to resist credit. 

The economic shorthand of hawks and doves

As the president's pick to lead the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, is considered a "dove" in the sometimes arcane parlance of monetary policy. But what does that mean?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, hawk, Dove

The economic narrative of America's future

As he travels for The Atlantic and Marketplace's American Futures project, Jim Fallows says there's an economic narrative for the cities and towns forging a way into the future.
Posted In: towns, economic growth

Despite sanctions, Iran's Ayatollah amasses wealth

An investigative report into the assets of Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran suggests shady dealings and land thefts.
Posted In: Iran, Ayatollah

Hey Occupy Wall Street! Will you buy my debt?

A group of Occupy activists says it's bought almost $15 million of people's personal debt on the cheap.
Posted In: Occupy, debtors, student debt

Stack ranking: The inter-office Hunger Games?

Stack ranking is the office equivalent of grading on a curve.
Posted In: ranking system

Statin suggestion puts spotlight on generic drug business

New guidelines on the use of statins to lower cholesterol hold the promise to dramatically increase the number of Americans who take those drugs.
Posted In: statins, generic drugs, pharmaceuticals

Tradition of Filipino care packages aids typhoon relief

Many Filipinos send care packages back home, even in good times.
Posted In: philippines, Haiyan, Yolando

ACA's October enrollees wouldn't sell out Michigan Stadium

Nearly 27,000 people signed up through healthcare.gov.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA, Michigan Wolverines football

'World's Busiest Airport' gets a hairstyle makeover

Believe it or not, there’s no place to get a haircut in the world’s busiest airport.
Posted In: Atlanta, airports, haircut

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