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2018 is not going quietly
Dec 20, 2018

2018 is not going quietly

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Today was another keep-you-on-your-toes day in the stock market: Investors are buying, prices are going up and yields are going down. We talk about what that all means. Also: It’s the holiday season, and there are just a few days left until the kids unwrap their toys. We take a look back at the history of Hot Wheels, products that made Mattel $847 million last year. Plus, we take a closer look at the creator economy and the dark side of social media influencing.

Segments From this episode

The backstory of Hot Wheels, the most popular toy 50 years ago

Dec 20, 2018
Fifty years later, the toy cars are still going strong.
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
Renata Sago/Marketplace

My Economy: Housing the homeless during the winter

Dec 20, 2018
"Here in Manchester, we say you're two paychecks away from homelessness."
Eleanor Watts with her dog Dexter.
Leisha Santorelli/Marketplace

Marlboro manufacturer makes a big bet that the future is vaping

Dec 20, 2018
Today the Altria Group – the tobacco giant that used to be known as Philip Morris – announced it’s spending $12.8 billion to buy a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs. That’s the e-cigarette maker that dominates the vaping market here in the U.S., and which some public-health advocates worry is getting another generation hooked […]

How falling bond yields are both good and bad for the economy

Dec 20, 2018
Thursday saw another big stock market sell-off.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 464 points, or 1.9 percent. The Dow is off 10 percent for December, and the Nasdaq is down more than 19 percent since Aug. 29. The bond market has been heading in the opposite direction these last few weeks, as increased investor interest […]

Today was another keep-you-on-your-toes day in the stock market: Investors are buying, prices are going up and yields are going down. We talk about what that all means. Also: It’s the holiday season, and there are just a few days left until the kids unwrap their toys. We take a look back at the history of Hot Wheels, products that made Mattel $847 million last year. Plus, we take a closer look at the creator economy and the dark side of social media influencing.

Music from the episode

The Game Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Aldgate Patterns Little People
Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data, Joywave
Animal Crossing Cosmicosmo
Friend City Rozi Plain