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Dec 31, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 31, 2012

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Lawmakers have a few more hours to cut a deal to avoid the sharp tax increases and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff. Many issues remained unresolved and another looming tax adjustment, the Alternative Minimum Tax, could hit millions of Americans with a whopping tax hike next year. Makers of hybrid and electric cars are increasing their offerings despite a somewhat disappointing roll-out of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. And, as the year comes to a close, we're looking at what's ahead in heath care for 2013.

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Alternative Minimum Tax increase looms

Dec 31, 2012
If no adjustment is made to the Alternative Minimum Tax, millions of Americans could face a whopping tax hike next year.

Carmakers bet on green future

Dec 31, 2012
Makers of hybrid and electric cars are increasing their offerings in 2013 despite a somewhat disappointing roll-out of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally kisses the hood of the brand new all electric Ford Focus at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show on January 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The changing shape of health care in 2013

Dec 31, 2012
Health care reporter Dan Gorenstein shares his thoughts on what's ahead for health care in 2013.

Troubled assets continue to threaten banks

Dec 31, 2012
Bank failures across the country tapered off during the past year, but why are some banks still failing?

California passes social media privacy law

Dec 31, 2012
Under a new California law, it is illegal for employers or admissions officers to require applicants to hand over their social media usernames and passwords.

2012 was a gusher year for OPEC

Dec 31, 2012
OPEC earned a record $1 trillion in revenues in 2012, and the average price of oil was the highest ever.

Up to the edge of the fiscal cliff

Dec 31, 2012
All eyes on are on Washington as the deadline to the fiscal cliff is just hours away.

Federal Reserve turns $90 billion profit

Dec 31, 2012
New data capture the scope of profits at the U.S. Federal Reserve, estimated to be $90 billion this year.

Out of bankruptcy, Tribune looks to sell off newspapers

Dec 31, 2012
After four years the Tribune Company emerges from bankruptcy today. The media conglomerate includes the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, a handful of TV stations and a big slice of the Food Network.

PODCAST: Can you temporarily jump off a cliff?

Dec 31, 2012
Amidst the fiscal cliff festivities, we'll hear about one part of the government that is making money -- and a lot of it. We'll also talk about record profits at OPEC. And in California, prospective bosses can no longer make you log them into your Facebook account.

Lawmakers have a few more hours to cut a deal to avoid the sharp tax increases and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff. Many issues remained unresolved and another looming tax adjustment, the Alternative Minimum Tax, could hit millions of Americans with a whopping tax hike next year. Makers of hybrid and electric cars are increasing their offerings despite a somewhat disappointing roll-out of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. And, as the year comes to a close, we’re looking at what’s ahead in heath care for 2013.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC