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Marketplace for Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Dec 18, 2013

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. What will that do to interest rates? Next, BP has long complained that its settlement money for the Deepwater Horizon spill was often spent frivolously. Now it’s going public with its complaints about claims that businesses have filed against it, starting with Emeril Lagasse, the New Orleans chef. Finally, it used to be that sports and fashion marketing existed on the periphery of the Hollywood entertainment business. But as a IMG’s sale to William Morris demonstrates, the talent business is diversifying.

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All’s well that tapers well

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Dec 18, 2013
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it will cut its bond-buying program by $10 billion starting January. So what about this whole tapering thing? What’s it gonna mean for you and me and Aunt Mabel?

BP's new recipe for settlement money: Shame a famous chef

Dec 18, 2013
BP has long complained that its settlement money for the Deepwater Horizon spill was often spent frivolously.

Will China buy American coal?

Dec 18, 2013
U.S. coal companies have hit hard times. Domestic demand is drying up, and global prices for coal are hitting record lows. What to do? The industry is looking across the Pacific to China for help, and is planning to build coal terminals in Washington to export coal from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the world’s second-biggest economy. But is China interested in American coal?

Why Peyton Manning is key to today's big corporate merger

Dec 18, 2013
It used to be that sports and fashion marketing existed on the periphery of the Hollywood entertainment business.

FCC proposes to put an end to the NFL blackout rule

Dec 18, 2013
The FCC voted this week to review the dreaded blackout rule.

Can Bitcoin make change?

Dec 18, 2013
The latest from Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

What was it like to be a servant in Britain 100 years ago?

Dec 18, 2013
The wealth inequality we have in the US today is no match for what it was like in England 100 years ago.

Youth unemployment in Spain still high despite reform efforts

Dec 18, 2013
A continuation of our Jobless Generation series.

The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. What will that do to interest rates? Next, BP has long complained that its settlement money for the Deepwater Horizon spill was often spent frivolously. Now it’s going public with its complaints about claims that businesses have filed against it, starting with Emeril Lagasse, the New Orleans chef. Finally, it used to be that sports and fashion marketing existed on the periphery of the Hollywood entertainment business. But as a IMG’s sale to William Morris demonstrates, the talent business is diversifying.

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