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PODCAST: Fed ahead, markets down

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake speaks during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

American troops are on the way out of Afghanistan, but the Washington Post reports that much of their gear, some $7 billion worth, won't be coming home with them.

Global markets were down this morning on news that the U.S. Federal Reserve may not continue its bond buying program, known as quantitative easing, in the long-term.

Long-term care. It's an economic consequence of an aging America that doesn't get nearly as much attention as Social Security. Nursing homes can run around $100,000 a year, and many aging boomers will not have the money.

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Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace, based in New York.

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