Marketplace Morning Report for Friday October 31, 2014
Oct 31, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday October 31, 2014

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A breathtaking surprise—without warning—Japan's central bank dramatically increased its stimulus. The Bank of Japan will now buy another mountain of government bonds to pump cash into an economy that's been drooping for decades. The key stock index in Tokyo, the Nikkei, went up four point 8 percent today. That's a seven year high and is like the Dow going 825 points in a single day. More on that. And in honor of Marketplace's 25th anniversary this year, we're looking at some of the surprising ways prices have changed over the last quarter century. So naturally we looked at the cost of going to college. Tuition and fees at public universities have risen more than 185 percent adjusted for inflation since we first went on the air. But that's just part of the story.

Segments From this episode

Taking a look at possible results of midterm elections

Oct 31, 2014
Why a maintaining of the status quo could mean more gridlock in Congress.

How falling prices affect big oil companies

Oct 31, 2014
Lower prices at least make refining more profitable

Competition for college kids extends to cafeteria

Oct 31, 2014
An amenities arms race, including serving fancier food, helps drive up room and board at colleges.

PODCAST: Let's go to the movies

Oct 31, 2014
Japan's surprise stimulus, movie theaters flail, and the possibilities of midterm elections.

A breathtaking surprise—without warning—Japan’s central bank dramatically increased its stimulus. The Bank of Japan will now buy another mountain of government bonds to pump cash into an economy that’s been drooping for decades. The key stock index in Tokyo, the Nikkei, went up four point 8 percent today. That’s a seven year high and is like the Dow going 825 points in a single day. More on that. And in honor of Marketplace’s 25th anniversary this year, we’re looking at some of the surprising ways prices have changed over the last quarter century. So naturally we looked at the cost of going to college. Tuition and fees at public universities have risen more than 185 percent adjusted for inflation since we first went on the air. But that’s just part of the story.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC