Jun 21, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Chairman Ben Bernanke's announcement yesterday that the Federal Reserve will expand the Operation Twist monetary stimulus program has left markets and economists unimpressed. As our country still continues to recover from the recession, Marketplace's economics correspondent Chris Farrell comapres where…

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Miami Heat tickets are red-hot

Jun 21, 2012
It's the last game of the year in Miami, and the Heat could clinch the NBA title tonight. So have fun trying to pay for a ticket.

This economic recovery will be a jobless one

Jun 21, 2012
Marketplace's Chris Farrell argues that this recovery is more similar to the jobless recoveries of the 1990s and 2000s than of the 1980s and 1970s, and he talks about what to expect going forward.

Is the Federal Reserve running out of ammo?

Jun 21, 2012
Global markets, and many economists, seem unimpressed this morning with the news yesterday from the Federal Reserve that it will expand the Operation Twist monetary stimulus program.

Industrial waste wells could be leaking underground

Jun 21, 2012
If these wells are leaking, they could contaminate water supplies and disrupt the most important way we dispose of liquid waste.

Gas, oil prices dropping in June

Jun 21, 2012
If you've been to a gas station recently, you know that prices are down -- on average, about 20 cents lower per gallon than a month ago. That's in part because the price of oil is at an eight-month low.

The price of Olympic uniforms

Jun 21, 2012
The new track and field uniforms for this year's Olympic games were recently unveiled by Nike.

Euro crisis to be played out on the soccer field

Jun 21, 2012
Tomorrow, another euro clash between Germany and Greece is looming. But this time it's not economics -- it's soccer. The two face each other in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. At least this meeting is not about debt, bailouts and austerity...…

PODCAST: Disappointment in the Fed, a shortage of Good Humor

Jun 21, 2012
Chairman Ben Bernanke's announcement yesterday that the Federal Reserve will expand the Operation Twist monetary stimulus program has left markets and economists unimpressed. As our country still continues to recover from the recession, Marketplace's economics correspondent Chris Farrell comapres where…
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill June 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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How Americans view institutions, big and small

Jun 21, 2012
As part of our weekly Attitude Check, we look at recent Gallup data on how Americans feel about big versus small business, government, and other institutions.

Falling gas prices can serve as stimulus

Jun 21, 2012
Yesterday, the Federal reserve refused to commit to any extreme stimulus measures for the economy-- at least just yet. That has a ripple effect on commodities like oil.

Federal Reserve can only do so much

Jun 21, 2012
The Federal Reserve will continue its Operation Twist program, but it can't do much else to help the global economic downturn caused by financial strain in Europe. On the plus side? We get lower gas prices.

The summer learning slide

Jun 21, 2012
Students often lose academic ground in summer, and state budget cuts are making things worse.

Americans react to Obama's immigration decision

Jun 21, 2012
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and President Obama will both be speaking to Hispanic leaders at a gathering in Orlando this week. The speeches come just days after the Obama Administration announced it will ease immigration laws.

How central bank tactics stack up

Jun 21, 2012
The U.S. Federal Reserve says it will continue holding interest rates down the rest of the year through its "Operation Twist" -- swapping short-term securities for long-term ones. But the economic crisis is global, and ours is not the only…

Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement yesterday that the Federal Reserve will expand the Operation Twist monetary stimulus program has left markets and economists unimpressed. As our country still continues to recover from the recession, Marketplace’s economics correspondent Chris Farrell comapres where we are now to previous economic low points. And at tonight’s perfect storm — the NBA finals matchup of the Heat and Thunder — ticket prices are going through the roof.

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