Marketplace

Weekdays at 6 p.m.
  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

The award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program — with an irreverent reporting style all its own — airs weekday evenings on more than 320 public radio stations nationwide and boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable or network television.

In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

China's growth slowdown is more than what meets the eye

Dec 14, 2018

We got some data out of China today that showed slowing growth in retail sales and factory output at three-year lows. Add to that some meh car sales and weak consumer sentiment. In short, economic growth is the world’s second largest economy is continuing to slow. Some of which is predictable, expected even, as the Chinese economy matures. Some of it less so.

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Instead of traditional Christmas gifts, Riley Adams said he and his wife have decided to travel to San Francisco. The two will stay at the luxury Fairmont Hotel and see the two-story gingerbread house it builds annually.

"I think both of us just couldn't really think of anything that would make us any happier by buying a physical gift," Adams said.

Adams is a 29-year-old investment adviser whose choice of holiday gifts perfectly illustrates a trend in retail that analysts say persuaded the owner of Louis Vuitton to spend billions on offering experiences rather than goods.

In a strong job market, some fed up workers are "ghosting" their employers

Dec 14, 2018

For years, workers have grudgingly accepted not hearing back from potential employers after applying or even interviewing for jobs. But with a stronger job market and record low unemployment rates, the tables have turned. Reports of workers "ghosting" their employers — leaving without a word — are so high that the Federal Reserve took note of it in its Beige Book.

How to maximize the value of flexible spending accounts

Dec 14, 2018

Somewhere between 33 million and 38 million Americans have what are called flexible spending accounts. This is an arrangement where you have your employer set aside a chunk of your paycheck (up to $2,700 in 2019 — the average amount is $1,200, according to the Employment Benefits Research Institute) that you don’t have to pay taxes on, and you can then use that money to pay for certain things —  usually medical expenses.  It’s a way to save money. 

Ghosting jobs like bad Tinder dates

Dec 14, 2018

Have you ever left someone on read because you just didn't want to date them anymore? More and more people are doing that with their jobs. We talk to the Washington Post’s Danielle Paquette about the growing trend of workers "ghosting" their employers. Then: Are you maximizing your flexible spending account? Millions of Americans still have money in their FSAs, which most have to spend before the year’s end. We look at how some workers are rapidly spending the money before it’s too late. Plus: We go over the latest on auto tariffs, trade and the U.S.

Who thinks we're in for a recession? CFOs, a survey says

Dec 14, 2018

The risk of a recession in next year — or the year after — appears to be rising. Some investment strategists and economists see signs of economic trouble ahead in interest rates. Housing is faltering, the global economy is slowing and an unpredictable trade war is clouding the future.

U.S. is drafting restrictions for high-tech exports

Dec 14, 2018

Bill Nordgren heard about the possibility of new export controls from a distributor he works with in China. Exports make up about half his business.

There are currently around 5.7 million  Americans living with Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates the number of people living with the disease will more than double by 2050, and that the cost of care could rise to more than $1 trillion. Long-term care is complicated for many Americans who can’t afford nursing homes or at-home care. Lower cost adult daycare programs could be one solution to helping provide affordable care.

 

 

  

Ride-sharing to the doctor's office is big business

Dec 14, 2018

Health care is big business, and ride-sharing companies are moving aggressively to expand their reach and revenues.

The IMF found that global debt from 2017 hit a world record of $184 trillion. That comes out to $86,000 per person, calculates the IMF. Most of the debt is held by the United States, China and Japan. What does this mean for the global economy? 

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