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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 20, 2013

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The Standard and Poor's credit rating agency has stripped the entire European Union of its AAA rating. The EU has been bailing out some of weaker countries and the downgrade is a comment on the donor countries' willingness to keep paying. Negotiations over a trade deal among a dozen Pacific Rim countries, including the U.S., are expected to resume next month, after the latest round of talks stalled. One sticking point is intellectual property -- a great interest to Hollywood, which wants to protect its copyrights for as long as possible. This week, Marketplace has been looking at youth unemployment in Europe.  The numbers are terrifying.  Among 18 to 24 year olds in Greece, 60 percent are jobless. In southern Spain, it's 74 percent. 

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Hollywood wants the rest of the world to follow U.S. copyright law

Dec 20, 2013
As negotiators continue work on a trans-Pacific trade deal, one of the sticking points is intellectual property.

How much is too much to spend on gifts for the teacher?

Dec 20, 2013
‘Tis the season for holiday tipping -- everyone from your mail carrier to your paper delivery guy to your kids’ teachers.

S&P downgrades European Union's credit rating

Dec 20, 2013
Citing concerns over the massive bailouts in Europe, Standard and Poor has stripped the EU of its AAA rating.

European youth 'consigned to the scrapheap of unemployment'

Dec 20, 2013
Marketplace has been looking at youth unemployment in Europe. The numbers are terrifying. Among 18 to 24 year olds in Greece, 60 percent are jobless. In southern Spain, it's 74 percent.

PODCAST: Inside China's Bitcoin exchange

Dec 20, 2013
Adding some gross weight to gross domestic product. As negotiators continue work on a trans-Pacific trade deal, one of the sticking points is intellectual property. And, a visit to BTC China, which until this week was the trading epicenter for the Bitcoin economy.

Another Obamacare rule eased before deadline

Dec 20, 2013
The White House has announced that it will let some of the 5 or 6 million people who lost their health insurance because of federal requirements, enroll in so-called catastrophic health care plans.
A health care reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA.
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The Standard and Poor’s credit rating agency has stripped the entire European Union of its AAA rating. The EU has been bailing out some of weaker countries and the downgrade is a comment on the donor countries’ willingness to keep paying. Negotiations over a trade deal among a dozen Pacific Rim countries, including the U.S., are expected to resume next month, after the latest round of talks stalled. One sticking point is intellectual property — a great interest to Hollywood, which wants to protect its copyrights for as long as possible. This week, Marketplace has been looking at youth unemployment in Europe.  The numbers are terrifying.  Among 18 to 24 year olds in Greece, 60 percent are jobless. In southern Spain, it’s 74 percent. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC