Marketplace Morning Report
Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.
At five major U.S. airports, the government will screen passengers for Ebola symptoms. In Spain, three more people have been quarantined, and in Texas, Thomas Eric Duncan succumbed to the disease yesterday. As the death toll from the Ebola epidemic approaches 4,000, the World Bank is out with a new report on the economic effects of the virus's spread, estimating the cost could be $32 billion. Meanwhile, a new report reveals that senior citizens in 49 out of 50 states don't have enough money to replace their pre-retirement income. Experts say retirees need at least 70 percent of the income they earned in their working years, but only seniors in Washington, D.C. and Nevada are in a position to make this happen. Also, many consumers don't know that bills are negotiable. Sometimes, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call your cable or cell phone provider and you could save as much as 10 percent from your monthly bill.
Worries about the economies of Europe, Japan, and China helped shove the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 272 points, yesterday, 1.6 percent. The S&P 500 fell 1.5 percent. But a counter-vailing push could come later today as companies start to release their quarterly profits and losses. Monsanto's results come during the trading day. Alcoa's after the market closes. Stock prices have been held up in part by the trend of using profits to buy back company shares. But are companies taking this too far? And forty years ago tonight, October 8th, 1974, President Gerald Ford went before congress and declared a kind of war: the Whip Inflation Now speech. We take a stroll down inflation memory lane. Plus, Fortune Magazine's senior editor at large Alan Sloan, has been reflecting on this autumn's big Moment (capital M) for bond investors. He joins us to discuss.
First up, we get a new window on jobs in America—one the Federal Reserve watches closely to measure the strength of the overall labor market. It's called JOLTS, or "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey." We have more on what a certain number in that report—the Quits Rate—says about the U.S. economy. And it's turning out to be a bleak autumn for factories in one pivotal global economy: Germany's. More on that. Plus, public health officials continue to track the well being of about 50 patients in Dallas who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. To date there are no signs of infection. The labor-intensive surveillance operation is being run by local health officials and a pair of epidemiologists for the CDC. The two are officers in the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service. With the Ebola outbreak growing, these 'disease detectives' are taking on an increasingly important role. On todays show, a profile of people who fly into communicable disease hotspots for a living.
First up, William Dudley, president of the New York Fed, responds to criticism his team needs to be tougher on Wall Street firms. This question moved to the foreground after the public radio program This American Life--with news organization ProPublica--obtained audio recordings made secretly inside the New York Fed. The recordings were made by a then-New York Fed employee who would later sue for wrongful dismissal. Next, to Brazil, where the incumbent president Dilma Rousseff now faces a tough run-off election, after a more pro-business candidate did much better than expected in voting yesterday. The candidacy of the centrist had been practically written off at one stage in the campaign with attention focused on a third, upstart candidate, who fizzled. The Brazilian economy has weakened under the incumbent, as capital moved away from emerging markets, like Brazil. Some middle class Brazilians took to the streets in the past year to protest poor government services.
First up, JPMorgan Chase, one of the biggest of banks, has more information now on a colossal cyberattack from the summer. The bank says accounts were not cracked, but well over half the households in America had personal information taken, if you do the math. And today, government statisticians answer the question: was August's weak employment report a fluke or a worrisome trend. So, what happened with jobs in September? Forecasters--and job seekers--will be especially disappointed if job creation doesn't start with a two...as in something in the 200-thousands. Plus, as Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the surprising, sometimes delightful and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century. Today, it's the time policymakers tinkered with the government's official measure of retail inflation, the Consumer Price Index. That's calculated by monitoring the changing prices of a pre-determined basket of goods.
First up, in the face of flagging recovery in the area that uses the Euro, the Europe Central Central Bank has already made it clear it plans to start a kind of Quantative Easing-lite: creating money to buy assets to stimulate the economy. More on that. And what can President Obama say to tout the U.S. economic picture? He has to try to explain why there’s something of a malaise among consumers (and voters) about the state of the economy. Plus, ever since Bill Gross, dubbed the King of Bonds, quit without notice from PIMCO less than a week ago, customers have withdrawn a colossal $23 billion out of PIMCO's famous Total Return Fund. That's by far a record for people taking their money and running from PIMCO. Bill Gross is now at Janus Capital. This may be a useful time for investors far and wide to reflect on their own investment strategies.