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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Dec 31, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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On this last day of trading for 2013, a reminder that the stock market is by no means a measure of well-being. Case in point, Europe. And it was a year of change in China -- a new president, new policy roadmaps for the future of the country. But as Marketplace's China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz reflected on 2013, one detail that's come up again and again is how many regular Chinese people have turned to him and other foreign journalists as their last resort for justice. Also, business consulting is about selling outside expertise. But did you know companies like Disney and MTV are also in the consulting game?

Segments From this episode

NAFTA's 20th birthday -- cause to celebrate?

Jan 1, 2013
Two decades after its passage, the debate continues over the trade pact among the US, Mexico and Canada.

Can Nasdaq move past Facebook debacle in 2014?

Dec 31, 2013
Nasdaq will pay out a total of $41.6 million in claims related to the Facebook IPO troubles.

What Apple learned from a luxury hotel

Dec 31, 2013
Consulting firms bring in tens of billions of dollars a year, but it's not just other consulting firms competing for contracts. Companies you've heard of, like Disney and MTV, are in the game too.

China in 2013: A last resort for justice

Dec 31, 2013
Marketplace's China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz looks at China's struggles in 2013.

Europe's stock market growing, but economy waiting to improve

Dec 31, 2013
European stocks are set to rise, but that's not the only measure of economic growth.

Investors wary despite stock market gains

Dec 31, 2013
When a 30 percent gain in the stock market is still not enough to win over individual investors.

PODCAST: How safe are bonds?

Dec 31, 2013
Stocks were on a roll this year. Does it follow that it's time to turn to bonds? Also, on Jan. 1, the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act goes into effect in Illinois.

Audi and Google expected to announce Android operating system for cars

Dec 31, 2013
There are rumors the two companies will make an announcement at CES next week.

On this last day of trading for 2013, a reminder that the stock market is by no means a measure of well-being. Case in point, Europe. And it was a year of change in China — a new president, new policy roadmaps for the future of the country. But as Marketplace’s China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz reflected on 2013, one detail that’s come up again and again is how many regular Chinese people have turned to him and other foreign journalists as their last resort for justice. Also, business consulting is about selling outside expertise. But did you know companies like Disney and MTV are also in the consulting game?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC