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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 16, 2013

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago. His party's policy of "Abenomics" involves lots of stimulus spending, easy money from the central banks and then structural reforms. The Italian Prime Minister has called it his country's "true nightmare." The German Chancellor says it threatens the future of Europe. They are talking about staggeringly high numbers of young people who can't find work. It's a much bigger problem in Europe than in the U.S., where it's also a problem. All this week, Marketplace is putting the spotlight on what we're calling Generation Jobless. And, thought you'd stop by the post office today with your packages? Six million of your friends and neighbors will be doing the same thing on this busiest mailing day of the year.

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A peek inside the Post Office before Christmas

Dec 16, 2013
Monday is purported to be the U.S. Postal Service's biggest day of the year.

Will the arrows of 'Abenomics' hit their target in Japan?

Dec 16, 2013
It's the one year anniversary of Japan's great experiment in trying to lift itself from economic lethargy.

What does 74% youth unemployment feel like?

Dec 16, 2013
Italy's prime minister calls youth unemployment his country's "true nightmare."

A long, strange trip for the Fed's extraordinary stimulus

Dec 16, 2013
Now that some parts of the economy seem addicted to the Fed's stimulus, how does the central bank extricate it?

Swiss banks agree to help U.S. on tax evader crackdown

Dec 16, 2013
There was a time not so long ago when if you wanted to store money somewhere, no questions asked, you’d go to Switzerland. Maybe not so much anymore.
Pedestrians pass by an embossed Bank sign at the entrance of a branch of the Swiss banking giant UBS in Zurich.
FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Invest in youth, get a cut of their successes

Dec 16, 2013
A company called Pave that lets financial backers invest in the future of promising young people. If their careers take off, the investors get a cut of their success.

PODCAST: Will Bernanke taper the stimulus on his way out the door?

Dec 16, 2013
Now that some parts of the economy seem addicted to the Fed's stimulus, how does the central bank extricate it? Facebook will be added to the S&P 500. So what exactly does that mean? And, a company called Pave that lets financial backers invest in the future of promising young people.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago. His party’s policy of “Abenomics” involves lots of stimulus spending, easy money from the central banks and then structural reforms. The Italian Prime Minister has called it his country’s “true nightmare.” The German Chancellor says it threatens the future of Europe. They are talking about staggeringly high numbers of young people who can’t find work. It’s a much bigger problem in Europe than in the U.S., where it’s also a problem. All this week, Marketplace is putting the spotlight on what we’re calling Generation Jobless. And, thought you’d stop by the post office today with your packages? Six million of your friends and neighbors will be doing the same thing on this busiest mailing day of the year.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC