Sep 30, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, September 30, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, September 30, 2011

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Lessons learned from Michigan

Sep 30, 2011
Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm talks about the state's tough struggles during the recession, and about the future ahead for America.

Swipe fees drop

Sep 30, 2011
Merchants can start charging less for consumer card swipes now. But don't worry, banks are going to make up for that.

Should military teams join college football conferences?

Sep 30, 2011
Army and Navy are set to square off this weekend on the football field. They're both up for spots in the Big East conference, but will joining be beneficial?

Getting advice from personal finance blogs

Sep 30, 2011
There are thousands of personal finance blogs out there on the web. Do business bloggers know what they are talking about? Can you trust them for financial advice? Which ones are the best?

U.S. reportedly investigating Chinese companies' reverse mergers

Sep 30, 2011
Chinese high-tech stock prices are dropping, in part because of a manufacturing slow down, and in part because of an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Bank of America to charge $5 monthly debit card fee

Sep 30, 2011
Bank of America will start charging $5 a month for debit cards starting next year. Is the company looking for revenge on Washington?

Massachusetts abolishes lifetime alimony in most cases

Sep 30, 2011
The tough economy has forced lawmakers to reform antiquated rules. In Massachusetts, that means cutting out lifetime payments to former spouses.

Chris Low: 'Income is what determines consumption'

Sep 30, 2011
Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, is worried about the long term -- for income, for consumers, and for banks.

Personal income level slips for first time in two years

Sep 30, 2011
While Americans spent slightly more money in August, their incomes are also down slightly -- for the first time since 2009.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC