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Aug 3, 2010

Marketplace for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Marketplace for Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Goldman Sachs won't spend on political ads

Aug 3, 2010
The Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign commercials -- but Goldman Sachs seemingly decided to run the other way. But the investment firm can still have indirect influence on politics.

P&G slashing prices to compete against store brands

Aug 3, 2010
Procter & Gamble noticed that more consumers were opting for store brands, so the company slashed prices on its products to stay competitive -- and other companies are following suit.

Wheat prices leap up, droughts in Russia, Australia and Argentina to blame?

Aug 3, 2010
Poor wheat harvests around the world, particularly Russia, are blamed for the more than 50 percent increase of the price of wheat. But U.S. farmers, who've had healthy harvests this year, are cashing in.
A harvester works in a wheat field in the Russian village of Nur-Shari.
Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

Low interest rates affect fixed income investments

Aug 3, 2010
It's a great time to get a loan -- interest rates are low low low. But the low interest rates negatively impact retirees who expected more from their fixed income investments.

The Great Recession, and now 'The Great Reset'

Aug 3, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Richard Florida, the author of "The Great Reset." Florida isn't so sure the recovery is upon us just yet, but rather a "generational shift" towards a better financial and social system.

Letters: Cutting the deficit, jerkwads and swearing

Aug 3, 2010
Kai Ryssdal reads your letters on stories and interviews you heard this week that you liked or hated.

Extracting oil from Canadian sand pits

Aug 3, 2010
Canada has some of the most oil in the world, and about half of it comes from the "oil sands." Oil companies use some of the most expensive, energy intensive technology to extract the oil from the sand -- which leaves an impact on the environment too.

Music from the episode

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Jackson
The Golden Path The Chemical Brothers
The Golden Path The Chemical Brothers

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