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Later today we'll know more about ways the US and Europe will apply new sanctions against Russia for supporting separatists in and around Ukraine. Financial, energy, and defense are expected to get targeted. And Russian officials are working on some interesting sanctions of their own. And as part of Marketplace's 25th birthday, we look at the surprising, sometimes delightful, and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during the last quarter century. Saul Zabar, of the famed Upper West Side establishment "Zabar's," couldn't remember what he was charging for smoked salmon 25 years ago. But, a magazine from 1989 lists a Zabar's sale price: $15.95 a pound, Scotch salmon, pre-sliced. But as we'll be reminding ourselves during this series, ya gotta adjust for inflation. $15.95 is more than 30 dollars a pound in today's money. Today, routinely, with no special sale, Saul charges under 24 dollars a pound. In real terms, that's a 22 percent decline in 25 years. Now we shouldn't forget that farming salmon can have environmental costs. And there are two parts to the price equation, not just supply but also demand. We take a closer look at the raw material that goes into smoked salmon.
It's a week before Scots vote on independence from Britain. Today, the Royal Bank of Scotland said it has plans to move its tax headquarters from Scotland to London if independence were to actually come about. RBS, it should be said, is something of a tarnished jewel. It nearly went out of business during the financial crisis five years ago and had to be nationalized by the British government. More on the politicking here, ahead of the vote. And then we check in with near-future. The host of our program Marketplace Tech, Ben Johnson, is in San Francisco at Tech Crunch Disrupt, which is--in part--a kind of battle of the bands for startup companies looking for money and attention.
With President Obama's prime time address about national security tonight ahead of the September 11th anniversary, U.S. officials are looking at ways to curb the power of ISIS insurgents by cracking down on flows of cash. Plus, American small businesses are often cast as the engines of the economy, and there's new data this week showing that optimism among the people who run smaller enterprises has hit a post-recession high. This from the National Federation of Independent Business drawn from surveys in August. But what about hiring at small businesses? Not so much optimism there. And when a company moves to lower its U.S. tax bill through a controversial maneuver called an "inversion," this can become a kitchen table issue. Marketplace regular Alan Sloan joins us to explain.
What will an Apple device you can wear look like? Will it have new Apple mobile payment systems, health care software, or home automation? These are some of the questions that are supposed to get answered today, now that the Cupertino, California company has drawn the attention of the world's media for its product launch event in a few hours. As the for the health of the company behind today's planned razzmatazz? We're joined by Adam Lashinsky, covers Silicon Valley for Fortune and is author of the book "Inside Apple," to discuss. Then to West Africa, where a rapper is part of a debate over economic policy. The latest hit by one of Africa's biggest rap artists, Sarkodie, criticizes the President of Ghana for mismanaging the economy. Ghana had become one of the continent's shining lights in recent years. But now the economy has soured with its currency down by about a third against the dollar this year. Ghana has reached out to the International Monetary Fund for help, as foreign investors are concerned about the economic crisis, which Sarkodie the rapper emphasizes is hitting poor people hard.
First up, more on news that the British pound is down 1.3 percent to both the U.S. dollar and the Euro right now. That is a sharp drop for a currency that had been running very strong, and the reason has a lot to do with a referendum in Scotland next month. And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will hold a summit today on the future of Atlantic City. We take a look at what impact the closings of three of its big casinos will have on the city’s future, and how the downfall of the gambling mecca is a little bit of history repeating itself.
Immigrants in the U.S. who have lingering citizenship issues could lose the health benefits the gained under the Obamacare law. Today (FRIDAY) is the deadline for those who received letters from government to submit any citizenship documents, or risk losing the benefits they purchased by the end of the month. We look at that issue, and others facing immigrants and non-English speakers under the law. Plus, a lot of businesses are named Isis. And the sudden notoriety of ISIS is not welcome. We look at one tech company that’s changing its name and surveying other ISIS’s for how they’re handling the situation.