Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 2, 2015
Apr 2, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Airing on Thursday, April 2, 2015: Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy may not be as robust as many investors and central bankers have touted it to be. This at a time when we've seen softening data on personal spending, manufacturing, job growth and auto sales. It's a situation that's heightened concerns that Friday's all-important jobs report could also be a disappointment. Plus, FICO has created a new credit score specifically for consumers with weak  or no  creditworthiness. We explain how the new metric will work, how it is different, and who will benefit most from it. And Missouri doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, but the governor there has allowed those couples to file state taxes as married couples. Other states that don't allow same-sex marriage have issued other workarounds. But in Alabama, there's a standoff between federal and state courts, with the state courts refusing to recognize same-sex marriage, leaving accountants at tax time flustered.  

 

 

Segments From this episode

Alabama confuses taxes for same-sex couples

Apr 2, 2015
Only one state doesn't advise same-sex couples on how to comply with state tax laws.

College acceptances bring a rush to buy sweatshirts

Apr 2, 2015
When acceptance letters go out, lots of cash comes in to college bookstores.

Questions over HarperCollins and Amazon deal

Apr 2, 2015
There may be rough waters ahead for the two book industry giants.

A new credit score gives credit for paying phone bills

Apr 2, 2015
Still in a pilot phase, the new score would help people with no credit cards.

PODCAST: The billion-dollar sweatshirt industry

Apr 2, 2015
Publisher Harper Collins picks a fight with Amazon. Plus, college admission season means sweatshirt for everyone.

Airing on Thursday, April 2, 2015: Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy may not be as robust as many investors and central bankers have touted it to be. This at a time when we’ve seen softening data on personal spending, manufacturing, job growth and auto sales. It’s a situation that’s heightened concerns that Friday’s all-important jobs report could also be a disappointment. Plus, FICO has created a new credit score specifically for consumers with weak  or no  creditworthiness. We explain how the new metric will work, how it is different, and who will benefit most from it. And Missouri doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, but the governor there has allowed those couples to file state taxes as married couples. Other states that don’t allow same-sex marriage have issued other workarounds. But in Alabama, there’s a standoff between federal and state courts, with the state courts refusing to recognize same-sex marriage, leaving accountants at tax time flustered.  

 

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC