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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 2, 2013
Dec 2, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 2, 2013

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Thousands of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine are blocking government buildings in the largest political crisis Ukraine has faced in nearly a decade. Demonstrators are calling for a change of government after the country's president abruptly ditched a deal for closer ties with the European Union. He says the EU deal would hurt ties with Russia. There's a new smart phone using the Android system that's hitting the market this week, with two screens -- one front, one back. And, it's not often the U.S. Treasury shakes things up. But next year, the Treasury is going to make a change, by issuing what's called a "floating rate note."

Segments From this episode

A smartphone with two screens? Sure, why not?

Dec 2, 2013
Really, is a second screen on the phone's back a useful innovation -- or a gimmick?

The economics behind the protests in Ukraine

Dec 2, 2013
The economic choices underlying those protests in Ukraine that are all over the news today.

Investors love government floaters

Dec 2, 2013
What are floating-rate notes? And why are investors excited for the Treasury to start issuing them?
The U.S. Treasury will start issuing floating-rate notes next year.
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Is healthcare.gov really fixed?

Dec 2, 2013
The claim is that healthcare.gov is fixed to the point that it works for 9 out 10 consumers.

Are popular 30-year fixed-mortgages going away?

Dec 2, 2013
The 30-year fixed-rate is a popular mortgage, but is it here to stay?

Is Amazon's delivery drone all hype?

Dec 2, 2013
On "60 Minutes" last night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a drone he said may be making deliveries in the coming years. But is it really possible?

PODCAST: Healthcare.gov is fixed for consumers, but what about insurers?

Dec 2, 2013
The claim is that healthcare.gov is fixed to the point that it works for 9 out 10 consumers. The 30-year fixed-rate is a popular mortgage, but is it here to stay?

Thousands of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine are blocking government buildings in the largest political crisis Ukraine has faced in nearly a decade. Demonstrators are calling for a change of government after the country’s president abruptly ditched a deal for closer ties with the European Union. He says the EU deal would hurt ties with Russia. There’s a new smart phone using the Android system that’s hitting the market this week, with two screens — one front, one back. And, it’s not often the U.S. Treasury shakes things up. But next year, the Treasury is going to make a change, by issuing what’s called a “floating rate note.”

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC