Marketplace for Wednesday, Jan, 23, 2008
Jan 23, 2008

Marketplace for Wednesday, Jan, 23, 2008

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ECB takes a different view than the Fed

Jan 23, 2008
It was thought -- in the U.S., anyway -- that the Fed's big rate cut would put pressure on the European Central Bank to follow suit. But we now see the ECB is looking at a very different economic picture. John Dimsdale reports.

Huge deficit seen. Does it matter now?

Jan 23, 2008
The Congressional Budget Office has announced the deficit for fiscal 2008 is going to hit almost $220 billion -- not counting war spending or an economic stimulus package. But analysts say there are bigger things to worry about. Danielle Karson reports.

U.S. economy needs help from abroad

Jan 23, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says an economic stimulus plan combined with Fed rate cuts can't hurt, but loans and investments from other countries will be the only way to avoid recession or worse.

Candidates rising, falling with economy

Jan 23, 2008
Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are suddenly focusing on all things fiscal -- as are many voters. And that could mean good fortune for some candidates and tough times for others. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York delivers an economic policy speech on Dec. 5, 2007, at the NASDAQ building in New York City.
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All the work, none of the benefits

Jan 23, 2008
Many companies are now hiring freelance workers to toil indefinitely with no promise of future benefits or salaries. Lisa Napoli has the story on what is becoming known as "permalancing."

. . . And in other business news

Jan 23, 2008
It may not seem like it, but there was a lot of other business news going on today beyond the general economic concerns. Kai Ryssdal gives a quick wrap-up of what was going on.

Attention Gaza shoppers! Egypt's open

Jan 23, 2008
An estimated 350,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip went on a buying spree in Egypt today when masked gunmen blew holes in a border wall. Kai Ryssdal talks with economist Youssef Dauod in the West Bank about what the Palestinians need most.

Shanghai commute: A survivors' battle

Jan 23, 2008
No matter how bad your commute is, be thankful you don't work in Shanghai. Our China correspondent Scott Tong says his trip to and from the office is kind of a metaphor for doing business there.

Music from the episode

Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
1909 Scrabbel
Rockin' Years Dolly Parton, Ricky Van Shelton
Rockin' Years Dolly Parton, Ricky Van Shelton