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Marketplace for Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Puerto Rican flag flies near the island's Capitol building in San Juan. With another debt deadline looming, health care has become an important issue to be addressed, especially for Puerto Ricans enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Puerto Rico needs to make a $422 million payment on its bonds, but it’s a payment it can’t afford; Facebook will create a new class of shares to sell to investors that don’t give investors voting power; and how the Halloween “scare industry” is at work year-round.  

Segments From this episode

Why Facebook created a new kind of stock

by Tracey Samuelson Apr 28, 2016
The company's new C class shares means more control, and it's not the only company to use a tiered system.
Stranded — Puerto Rico in debt

Puerto Rico faces $422 million interest payment on bonds

by Andy Uhler Apr 28, 2016
The territory is deep in debt and with an upcoming payment deadline, citizens are feeling the strain.

Halloween is a $7.5 billion year-round industry

by Lisa Napoli Apr 28, 2016
With monster fests every weekend, the scare industry is a massive money maker

Health insurance spikes in 2017 may mean more competition

by Dan Gorenstein Apr 28, 2016
Premiums are on the rise, but savvy consumers are shopping for the best deals

Consumer spending is slowing down and so is the GDP

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 28, 2016
Gross domestic product rose 0.5 percent at the start of 2016, with business investment and exports falling, and spending by consumers slowing down.
Final Note

The Indy 500 has an official poet for the first time since the 1920s

by Adriene Hill Apr 28, 2016
Adam Henze’s Ode to the Indy 500 “For Those Who Love Fast, Loud Things” won him $1000 too.

Music from the episode

Clever Creatures The Cave Singers
Running Back To You The Juan Maclean
1517 The Whitest Boy Alive
Freedom Pharrell Williams

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