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The Chinese government extended the Lunar New Year holiday to slow the spread of coronavirus. While some workers will get paid time off, not everyone is so lucky. Today, reporter Jennifer Pak gives us the view from the streets of Shanghai. Plus, the outbreak’s ripple effects, new steel and aluminum tariffs and the official start of tax season.
The federal government shutdown ended a year ago, but it’s still hurting temporary workers, like security guards, who will never get that month of wages back. The Trump administration is using a lot more contractors than previous White Houses, and today we talk with some people still paying off credit cards and other debt they took on. Plus: The head of the New York subway system steps down, the “American Dirt” controversy and how China is responding to the coronavirus.
And not just in the U.S. All around the world, central banks have kept interest rates low or even negative, but inflation isn’t going up as expected. What’s going on? We kick off today’s show trying to answer that question. Plus: P&G’s earnings, bricklaying robots and the effects of the government shutdown, a year later.
With a record 532 scripted series on air and an expensive streaming war on, this is a challenging time to take over a cable channel. We’ll talk about the business with AMC President Sarah Barnett. After that, we look at how Netflix measures its shows’ success and what counts as a “view.” Plus, the latest on auto tariffs, Boeing and Venezuelan refugees in Chile.
President Trump told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the U.S. was in a “blue-collar boom.” We’re going to take some time to assess that claim and the state of blue-collar work in general. Plus: AI goes to the movies, a new spate of retail closures and why China is leading the world in solar, wind and … coal.
Microsoft has recently announced plans to spend $1 billion on technologies that will help eliminate carbon from the atmosphere. It’s part of the company’s greater plan to becoming carbon negative in the next 10 years. Molly spoke to Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s chief environmental officer, about this approach. Plus: Thousands of business leaders and lawmakers converse on Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. We also look at the IMF’s 2020 economic forecast, Ireland’s housing crisis and negative perceptions of female CEOs.
While we’ve been hearing a lot about how the trade war has negatively impacted U.S. farmers, the executive vice president of the largest garlic producer in the country wants people to know it’s helped others. “We’re apolitical as a company,” said Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch. “What we are is pro-American garlic farmers.” Plus: negotiations over a digital tax is causing a rift between the U.S. and E.U., when companies should split in two, and we find out just how the trade deal with China was approved.
The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowed corporations and unions to spend money in politics in an unprecedented way. It’ll be 10 years next week, so today we’re taking a look back on how our elections have changed. Plus: new retail and supply chain numbers, and the economics of hologram musicians.
The U.S. and China signed a phase one trade deal this morning. Today we’re answering more of your trade questions, talking with a farmer about how she’s affected by the trade deal and examining more of America’s trade disputes around the globe. Plus, Target’s sluggish growth, the affordable housing shortage and Amazon’s fraught relationship with FedEx.
The trade saga between the United States and China has gone on for almost two years. Now it might just be at the end. With President Donald Trump set to sign a phase one deal tomorrow, we’re devoting most of today’s show to the trade war: how we got here, what tensions still remain and how the conflict has impacted people, businesses and regulators here and abroad.
According to the International Federation of Journalists, more than a dozen Iranian journalists recently reported having their Instagram profiles suspended after they posted about Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, said any accounts or posts that are being blocked is because the company is being careful not to violate sanctions. It makes sense that sanctioned people, like Soleimani, might be blocked from the platforms, but what about people just posting about him? Plus: How phase one of the trade deal between the U.S. and China is affecting the steel industry, a new way to measure inflation and the lack of diversity in the financial planning industry.
As soon as the electric scooters showed up America’s streets, they were gone. Some of them, anyway. One of the big players, Lime, is laying off 14% of its staff and pulling out of 12 cities. Today, we take a look at the competitive landscape of scooting. Plus: Verizon kills the bundle, gift cards had another big holiday season and, of course, we have to talk about the December jobs numbers.
While most of the conversation around streaming services has focused on big American brands like “Star Wars” or luminaries like Martin Scorsese. But don’t sleep on anime — it’s a big draw for a young, engaged international audiences, and services like HBO Max, Hulu and Netflix are inking big deals with the premier Japanese animation studios. Plus: What you need to know about Facebook’s political ad policies, credit card fee hikes and how monetary markets are reacting to the conflict with Iran.
There are some signs that tensions between the U.S. and Iran could be de-escalating, but there’s more than just a physical war to worry about. Today we assess the tools for cyber warfare Iran has at its disposal, and the market reaction to last night’s missile attack in Iraq. Plus: a look at how technology might bring down the cost of prosthetic limbs, and more from our “Adventures in Housing” series.
Stocks hardly reacted to the first part of a trade deal with China last month, but the U.S. assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and new tensions with Iran have caused a stir. Today, we’re going to dig into how unpredictability riles markets and what it means for events to be “priced in.” Plus: What the low trade deficit does and doesn’t tell us, modern email etiquette and how the #MeToo movement has changed the American Economic Association’s annual conference.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke sparked chatter in economic circles by saying the Fed should not rule out using negative interest rates. That would discourage banks from stashing their cash in the central bank and nudge them to lend. Even though the economy is growing at the moment, it could be good to have the option when things stall. But current Fed Chair Jerome Powell has pretty much ruled that out. Plus: How sanctions have shaped Iran’s economy, how alternative milks are putting a dent in the dairy industry, and how a Bahamian island is still recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
A U.S. airstrike in Iraq early Friday morning killed Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian military leader. Iran has vowed retaliation, and while nothing has come yet, the oil markets are reacting. This is a critical spot in the oil market, and analysts are trying to assess where the heightened risks are to oilfields, workers, pipelines, processing facilities, vessels and shipping lanes. Plus: global spending on video games hit a high in 2019, a new industry that’s helping adults make friends and economic opportunities that lie on the hiking trails.
The U.S. dollar rose for most of last year, until September hit. Since then, it has lost about 2.6% of its value, according to the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index. The rise and fall of global markets affects the value of the dollar because it’s thought of as a sort of safe haven. At the same time, the U.S. Federal Reserve started pumping more dollars into the U.S. financial system. But should we worry about the dollar’s drop? Plus: the fourth quarter election fundraising numbers are in, a new Nevada law that bans employers from denying jobs to applicants who test positive for marijuana, and the story of an international consultant who finally landed at home.
Ever realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion and decide to reevaluate? That’s what Haley Falconer realized before she decided to do a shopping fast. She decided she would buy only the essentials, like groceries, and forgo all else. In the latest installment of our series “How We Shop,” we hear how she did it and how the year long experiment saved her family $4,000. Plus: A look back at this decade in the workplace, the story of a security guard who just turned 80 and a conversation about the board game industry.
A tweet from presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg about making the East Room in the White House an open office plan set the internet ablaze. Open plan office spaces have been trending for a few years now, but research shows there are quite a few downsides, like increased illness and decreased communication. Will the end of the decade bring the end of the open office? Plus: an update on U.S. trade relations, how a retired government contractor is winding down on the vineyard and a look at this decade in housing.
“Marketplace Tech” host Molly Wood dropped by to tell us about the major tech trends of the past decade. If the 2000s were about the growth of the internet, the 2010s were about learning how to use it. Software saw a boom, with the rise of apps like Uber and platforms like Facebook. Molly’s big prediction? By 2030, phones will be no longer. Plus: the trade deficit in goods shrank for the third straight month, California’s new data privacy law kicks in at the start of the new year and a nurse navigates finances in her semiretirement.
Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, is reportedly in talks to buy Xumo, a free streaming service totally supported by advertisements. That could help NBCUniversal make good on its plans to launch Peacock as a free, ad-supported service not unlike good old fashioned TV. Plus: Tesla is set to deliver its first cars built in China, a sleeping pill-induced money horror story and how swimsuit fabric drummed up controversy at the Olympics.
With new global emissions rules kicking in Jan. 1, most analysts agree shipping costs are likely to rise. Shipping companies can do a couple different things to reduce their emissions, including purchasing cleaner but pricier fuel. The upside: Our air will be cleaner. Plus: a look at automatic inflation adjustments in minimum wages, how Saudi Arabia is pushing entrepreneurship and Pantone’s 2020 color of the year.
With the holidays wrapping up, we’re looking ahead at changes coming our way in 2020. The Department of Labor is raising the salary threshold for lower-paid salaried workers. Starting January 1st, 1.3 million workers will be eligible for overtime pay, we’ll talk about who is covered in this ruling. Plus: A look back at the last decade in trade and the last year in China.
Disney Plus launched last month, along with the Star Wars universe show “The Mandalorian.” The breakout star is The Child, whom the internet has lovingly dubbed Baby Yoda. While the green little guy is huge online, there’s a noticeable lack of merchandise. We look at why the entertainment giant didn’t have the goods in time for the holiday season. Plus: a climate-conscious Christmas, a look back at the year in retail and one state’s efforts to curb traffic congestion.
Over a year after the first 737 Max plane crashed, Boeing announced CEO Dennis Muilenburg will depart immediately. The board’s current chairman David Calhoun will officially take over on Jan. 13. What’s next for the company and when will the 737 Max be back in the air, if ever? Plus: a chat with the LA mayor, a breakdown of what being a “most-favored-nation” means, and why there’s an overload of packages being delivered to the office.
The big GOP tax cut package will turn two over the weekend. We ask whether the cuts paid for themselves and stimulated the economy as the White House and its allies promised. Plus: Chinese surveillance companies finding blacklist workarounds, new consumer spending numbers and why it’s still so hard to shop sustainably.
Executives from middle market companies say one of their top challenges is finding more skilled workers. Today, we pick that distinction apart a bit and look at what it takes to be a “skilled worker” and why they’re hard to come by. Plus: the economics of tangerine season, chat bots that can “yes and” and a conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari.
A survey from consulting firm Robert Half said about half of employees planned to spend time online shopping at work this holiday season. Whether that puts you on the naughty list at work is none of our business. Today we dig into the overall effect on productivity, which isn’t as bad as you might think. Plus: The latest consumer price index numbers, FedEx’s “horrific” earnings and a conversation with the CEO of the nation’s second-largest charity.
Turns out it’s about 1%. Today we look at the impact of halting production of the 737 Max, and how the decision could reverberate through the supply chain and economy as a whole. Plus: Three more stories from our “How We Retail” series and a look at the Southern California students turning to Mexico for affordable education.