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In-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.

One year ago, the credit company Equifax announced a cyberattack had compromised the personal information of about 143 million unknowing consumers. The company’s advice at the time: Freeze your credit. Many people did that, with fees in some instances. Meanwhile, Equifax is pretty much back to business as usual. Stocks are about the same price as they were a year ago, and the business is healthy overall. We were curious about what the breach has meant for people over the past year, and why Equifax has been able to weather the breach more easily than the average consumer. 

Ten years ago Thursday, as the U.S. housing market threatened to crumble, the U.S. government seized control of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. At the time, the two government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, owned or guaranteed nearly half of single-family mortgages in this country.

White House pushes rosier wage-growth measure

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Average hourly earnings for American workers rose 2.7 percent in July from a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the Consumer Price Index rose 2.9 percent. That means real wages and purchasing power are essentially stagnant.

Jobs don’t just compensate you with wages — sometimes you’ll receive benefits like stock options, tuition assistance, egg freezing and the occasional party on your boss’ yacht.

Ten years ago Thursday, yet another weekend financial bailout was in the works. This time, the U.S. government had agreed to take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage giants, to stem losses from subprime mortgages and help stabilize the crumbling housing market. A decade later, the housing market is thriving, but the two companies are still under government control.

Across the country, hospitals and clinics are dealing with a really difficult problem: Sometimes they can't get their hands on certain life-saving generic drugs. So one group of large hospital systems, including the Mayo Clinic and Intermountain Healthcare, has come up with a workaround. It's created a nonprofit company called Civica RX that will make its own generics. The idea is to create more competition in the generic drug market to boost supply and hold down prices.

How the government took over Fannie and Freddie

16 hours ago

A decade ago this week, the government agreed to take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help stabilize the housing market. We'll take a look back at how it all happened and interview Freddie's CEO. But first: Wage growth is sluggish by most measures, but a new report from the White House says those figures don't tell the whole story. Plus: What have we learned a year after the Equifax data breach? 

Chegg is a company that's long been known for its college textbook rental services, where students could use loaned copies of textbooks for a semester for just a fraction of the cost. But soon after the company went on the public exchanges in 2013, Amazon entered the textbook rental market, too. And Chegg was forced to do something different, so it went digital. The company now offers a suite of on-demand educational services, from online tutoring to creating bibliographies. Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig led the company through the transition.

Manufacturing is humming. Can parts suppliers keep up?

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Orders fluctuate month to month in most major manufacturing industries. U.S. aerospace has been in a peacetime boom, but it's getting harder to deliver, as July data may reveal.

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(Markets Edition) If you’re among the legion of people annoyed with massively expensive drugs, know that you are not alone. A group comprised of national foundations and hospitals is launching a nonprofit company to make generic drugs of its own. It's called Civica RX. Then, developing countries have been pouring a lot of money into the U.S. this year, and that’s caused some big drops for currencies tied to already-shaky economies. However, Thursday morning witnessed the improvement of many of those currencies.

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill on Wednesday that would tax companies for any public assistance dollars their workers receive, like food stamps or Medicaid money. It’s called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or Stop BEZOS Act — a not-so-subtle jab at Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. The goal is to incentivize companies to pay higher wages.

A bill from Bernie Sanders wants to "Stop BEZOS"

Sep 6, 2018

(U.S. Edition) Facebook chief operation officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, as tech companies are in Washington to discuss the possible impacts of foreign influence on their platforms. Dorsey also went before the House Energy and Commerce committee as well. Also, Senator Bernie Sanders is behind a bill that aims to tax companies based on whether their workers get public assistance. It's called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (or Stop BEZOS) Act.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in India urging its government to halt imports of Iranian oil. Can India afford to completely cut off that crude trade? Then, tech titans are on Capitol Hill this week testifying about what they’re doing to prevent election interference on their platforms. At the same time, Facebook announced its first billion-dollar investment in a Singapore data center. We’ll hear from the company’s VP of infrastructure data centers about why Asia, and why now.

Facebook is still trying to convince lawmakers and the public that it's making its business more transparent. But new research suggests the message isn't getting through. Star One Low CC Premium Converse Gum Top 5ZBdqS1w the majority of Americans really don’t understand why they see what they see in their news feeds.

Why do you see what you see on your Facebook news feed?

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Facebook is still trying to convince lawmakers and the public that it's making its business more transparent. But new research suggests the message isn't getting through. According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans really don’t understand why they see what they see in their news feeds. Molly Wood talks about the poll with Aaron Smith, associate director of research on internet and technologies issues at Pew. (09/06/18)


The U.S. trade deficit in July surged to a five-month high, $50.1 billion, as exports of products like soybeans and civilian aircraft fell, while imports reached record levels. President Donald Trump regularly complains about trade deficits, but his own spending policies tend to undermine the goal of lowering the trade gap. One part of the government is putting on the brakes, while the other is stepping on the gas. 

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The value of emerging market currencies keeps tumbling. Argentina's peso has lost half its value against the dollar this year. Same with the lira in Turkey. Investors are souring on Brazil. India. South Africa. Mexico. Indonesia. Some of these countries have been through currency and financial crises before. And each case is different. But sometimes countries hit by the currency "flu" can take years to rebound.

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Chegg CEO on shifting the company from textbooks to digital

Sep 5, 2018

When Dan Rosensweig took over as CEO of Chegg back in 2010, the company was mainly known for textbook rentals. The Chegg of today looks a little different. The company went public in 2013 and transitioned into subscription-based tools likes bibliography services, AI paper editors and tutors. We sat down with Rosensweig to talk about what it was like to lead the company through that transition and where a company like Chegg fits into the education landscape of today. 

Facebook and Twitter executives pledged on Wednesday to better protect their social media platforms in the 2018 elections and beyond, and told Congress of aggressive efforts to root out foreign intrusions aimed at sowing divisions in American democracy.

Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate intelligence committee, but there was an empty chair for Google’s parent Alphabet, which refused to send its top executive.

Nobody likes thinking about a financial crisis

Sep 5, 2018

We continue our conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, and instead of looking back at the financial crisis 10 years ago, we look forward to potential economic what-if scenarios. Kashkari thinks uncertainty in emerging markets could spark a new crisis, so we'll take a closer look at the plunge of currencies abroad. Also, a look back to FEMA’s response to Hurricane Maria. According to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, FEMA wasn’t ready to handle the disaster. We talk about why that was the case. Plus, how much do you spend in a week?

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5 things to know about the inflation crisis during the ‘70s

Sep 5, 2018

The Fed targets 2 percent inflation for the U.S. economy, working carefully to try to keep it from rising above that level. Right now, inflation is tracking near that target, but it wasn't always like that.

More Syrian refugees live in Turkey than in any other country. Since the conflict broke out in 2011, more than 3.5 million Syrians have found refuge in their neighboring country. Most Syrians live in large Turkish cities, like Istanbul and Gaziantep, making up nearly 5 percent of the country’s overall population. We asked Syrians who’ve had to rebuild their lives in Turkey: Where did you think you’d be at this point in your life, and where are you now?

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What happens when we're transparent about what we make and spend

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What does financial advice specifically for women look like? Refinery29's Work & Money Editor Lindsey Stanberry says they launched their Money Diaries series after seeing that women wanted to share their personal stories and that the website's audience couldn't get enough of them.

(Markets Edition) Players of the market are working their way around the news that America sent away more than it brought in during July. The trade deficit has widened to its largest gap in five months, and there's possibly more to it than trade. The chief global strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds told us more. Also, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Pakistan on Wednesday to meet with its new prime minister, but also to urge the country to do more to counter extremists. This comes after the U.S. denied an aid package to Pakistan.

One amusement park tries the smaller is better approach

Sep 5, 2018

Giant theme parks often compete for visitors with ever bigger attractions and wilder rides. But in California, one amusement company thinks smaller is better. Two Bit Circus is trying to reinvent old-fashioned carnivals by opening a so-called "micro-amusement park." The 50,000 square foot park can fit up to 700 visitors. It's a gamble in a time when many traditional circuses and family fun centers are struggling or closing. Two Bit is betting its mash-up of classic carnival fun, new tech, and interactivity will appeal to today's consumers. 

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On Tuesday, Amazon became the second U.S. company, after Apple, to reach Black Drop amp; Hydroventure Wide Navy Low Mens Box Toe Shoes Trail Running wqtwPWRE. But the company also made another big move in a market halfway around the world: India. Amazon is now offering its website and app in Hindi for Indian consumers, in addition to English.

Congress is set to vote on a bill that would require student borrowers to receive annual financial counseling. That means online or in-person sessions for any student with a federal loan or a Pell Grant. The proposed law is aimed at improving financial literacy at a time when student debt is topping $1.4 trillion, and default rates keep growing.

A look at the global economy, 10 years after the financial crisis

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(U.S. Edition) Canadian and U.S. officials sat down Wednesday to talk trade and perhaps find solutions to their many – many – differences with a potential NAFTA overhaul looming. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't giving ground on some key issues. Also, with student debt piling up to $1.4 trillion, Congress is preparing to vote on a bill that requires student borrowers to get financial counseling every year. The counseling can happen online or in-person. Then, we take a look at the form the global economy has taken 10 years since the financial crisis.

The global economy a decade after the financial crisis

Sep 5, 2018

It's been more than 10 years since the global financial crisis, and the global economy is in a much different place than it was then. But other risk factors may be on the horizon. Host David Brancaccio spoke with Susan Lund from the McKinsey Global Institute on the issue. She and her colleagues recently published a report called "A Decade After the Global Financial Crisis: What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed?"

Below are excerpts from their conversation.

Banks are "struggling to find profitable new business models.”

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … After a meeting with the International Monetary Fund, Argentina is waiting for a decision on an advance loan of $50 billion. We hear how locals in Buenos Aires are dealing with economic hardship. Then, it’s been dubbed the scallop war – feuding French and British fisherman will hold talks in London to try and calm frayed nerves over rules governing scallop fishing in the English channel.