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Mar 20, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 20, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 20, 2009

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Commodities rise on fears of inflation

Mar 20, 2009
Prices for commodities are on the rise in response to the Fed's move to buy U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. Janet Babin explains why tangibles are on an upswing with mounting fears of inflation.

IRS helps tax filers on 'Super Saturday'

Mar 20, 2009
The IRS has set aside tomorrow to help ease tax filers' anxiety and answer questions. IRS employees have even undergone special training to insure "Super Saturday" is a success. Amanda Aronczyk reports.

SXSW drums up Austin economy

Mar 20, 2009
The South By Southwest music festival generates $100 million for the city of Austin and provides a valuable experience to indie musicians and entrepreneurs. Steve Chiotakis talks to Austin music journalist David Brown.

Franchises can still sell in a downturn

Mar 20, 2009
The International Franchise Expo kicks off today in Washington, D.C., and companies from everywhere will be looking hard for franchise buyers. Mitchell Hartman reports why this might be a good time to get into a franchise.

British financial reform has uphill battle

Mar 20, 2009
E.U. leaders wrap up their meeting today on European financial reform, and two plans are competing for power over banking regulation. Christopher Werth reports where Britain may be at odds with the rest of Europe.

Mortgage crisis has civil rights concerns

Mar 20, 2009
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights meets today to examine civil rights issues stemming from the mortgage crisis. Reports show some minorities may have been pressured into mortgages they couldn't afford. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Water is the new carbon

Mar 20, 2009
As rain fall slows and the Earth heats up, companies have started monitoring their water usage more carefully. Caitlan Carroll reports what large-scale businesses are doing to monitor their water footprint.

China's Fed critics vocalize concerns

Mar 20, 2009
China's influential Southern Metropolitan Daily ran a strong editorial today criticizing the latest U.S. move to inject $1 trillion into its economy. Scott Tong explores why Beijing is now losing faith in the dollar long-term.

U.N. wants to move away from dollar

Mar 20, 2009
Next week, a U.N. panel may recommend that the world's central banks drop the dollar as their top reserve currency. Janet Babin explores whether the U.N. has an influence over countries' decision to diversify.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC