Marketplace for Monday, March 9, 2015
Mar 9, 2015

Marketplace for Monday, March 9, 2015

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Airing on Monday, March 9, 2015: There’s a saying in politics  “The only difference between a campaign contribution and a bribe is timing.” When it comes to filing criminal charges, that sentiment may not be too far off. With Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey likely facing corruption charges, we look at how the law and the courts figure out the line between contributions and bribes. Plus, a group of hedge funds decided they didn’t like the fact that General Motors has a large amount of cash sitting around in the bank doing nothing. The group threatened to try to get a troublemaker on the GM board unless the company agreed to buy back $5 billion of its shares, and return that cash to its shareholders. GM caved, and the buyback begins soon. We look at who benefits when a company buys back shares. And who loses. Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today to talk about the Apple watch in a live streaming event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. How will the company’s focus on wearable technology affect its retail space and how will the store shopping public respond? We investigate.

 

Segments From this episode

For many, rebates are worth jumping through some hoops

Feb 9, 2015
Customers often use a rebate to justify buying something they want anyway.

Drawing the line between contributions and bribes

Mar 9, 2015
When it comes to a bribery investigation, a number of factors are considered.

The 'good news, bad news' behind stock buybacks

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Mar 9, 2015
Following investor pressure, GM says it will return $10 billion to shareholders

Is it time for the Apple Watch?

Mar 9, 2015
The company's open-plan stores and sales reps must adapt to selling fashion-tech.

Daylight Savings, a thing that exists for no discernable reason

Mar 9, 2015
There's not much evidence that Daylight Savings Time actually cuts down on electricity use.

It's getting harder to sell sales jobs

Mar 9, 2015
The tech industry is especially having difficulty finding qualified people who want to sell

Big changes coming for credit reports

Mar 9, 2015
Trying to fix an error on your credit report? Here's some good news!

Betting big on the future of drones

Mar 9, 2015
CyPhy Works CEO Helen Greiner has big plans for flying robots.

Airing on Monday, March 9, 2015: There’s a saying in politics  “The only difference between a campaign contribution and a bribe is timing.” When it comes to filing criminal charges, that sentiment may not be too far off. With Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey likely facing corruption charges, we look at how the law and the courts figure out the line between contributions and bribes. Plus, a group of hedge funds decided they didn’t like the fact that General Motors has a large amount of cash sitting around in the bank doing nothing. The group threatened to try to get a troublemaker on the GM board unless the company agreed to buy back $5 billion of its shares, and return that cash to its shareholders. GM caved, and the buyback begins soon. We look at who benefits when a company buys back shares. And who loses. Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today to talk about the Apple watch in a live streaming event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. How will the company’s focus on wearable technology affect its retail space and how will the store shopping public respond? We investigate.

 

Music from the episode

Murder Room Pepper Rabbit
Stuntin' Like My Daddy - Street Birdman, Lil Wayne
Find a Way The Juan Maclean
Vanilla Minus Gold Panda