Jan 4, 2011

Marketplace for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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What now: Writing the laws of financial reform

Jan 4, 2011
Commentator Bethany McLean has some advice for the writers of the the laws of the Frank-Dodd financial reform and also to Congress and financiers who may influence over the laws are shaped.

What place do immigrant workers have in Israel?

Jan 4, 2011
Israel's labor and demographic numbers indicate that Israel doesn't really need foreign workers. But there are still hundreds of thousands of foreign workers. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports from Tel Aviv.

Conveying a message through the quality of a voice

Jan 4, 2011
A lot of people just want a real person when they call a customer service line, but often times they're relegated to an automated voice, which is much cheaper. Some companies, like Aflac, are overhauling their automated systems in an effort to keep costs low.

What Obama can do despite a GOP-controlled House

Jan 4, 2011
The Republicans are set to take over the House of Representatives officially tomorrow. There is already talk of what they plan to do, namely vote to repeal the health care law. But what can President Obama do to get his initiatives done?

Rep. Issa seeks info on the impact of regulations

Jan 4, 2011
Representative Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters to trade associations asking them to list what government regulations are hurting the economy. Politico's Darren Goode covered the story and talks with Kai Ryssdal about what Issa will do with the input he gets.

Netflix gets a button on the remote control

Jan 4, 2011
Netflix announced today that remote controls for certain TVs will soon come equipped with a big red button of its logo to directly access its video streaming service. What other buttons and technology could follow?

Why bankruptcy claims aren't as high as one would think

Jan 4, 2011
More than a million and a half people filed for bankruptcy last year, up 9 percent from last year. But that's still not as many filings as there were in 2003 or 2005. With high unemployment and mortgage problems, how is this possible? Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
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