Marketplace Morning Report
Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.
There is a warm, happy glow radiating from Wall Street these days that may have to do the with the money coming in during this golden era of mergers and acquisitions. This year, firms have spent $1.5 trillion buying U.S. companies, the most of the millennium so far, according to Thompson Reuters. More on that. And nearly 3 million children are homeless at some point during the year, according to a new report. California has by far the most homeless children, and not just because it’s the biggest state – it has the highest cost of living and the smallest share of affordable housing. Plus, drinking from the fountain of youth can sometimes be hazardous. More recently, people are trying everything from red wine pills to cream made out of snail slime to try to stay young. We take a look at some of the research behind the business of anti-aging.
In Europe, when it comes to economic growth, they’ll take any glimmer of hope they can find. There were some surprising signs of life this morning in some of the countries that use the euro. More on that. And we look at the trend in falling gas prices, which could really benefit low- and middle-income people, who need more discretionary income, and whose commuting costs can be higher because they often older, less-fuel-efficient vehicles. Plus, this weekend, open enrollment begins as consumers start shopping for insurance. Prices will be changing, plans will be different, and choices often complex. And private industry smells a business opportunity.
Most economists went to bed last night thinking Japan's economy was growing. But there's news today that not only did it not grow, it shrunk to the point that Japan's now in recession. More on that. And what's called the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect opens for business today. It's a link between the two stock exchanges that means—for the first time—investors of each market will have access to the other. Here's the thing: this gives international investors a way to invest in mainland China without a lot of fuss. Plus, the Pew Research Center has a report out this month with data showing that many of us feel anxious when managing personal information online. There's a burgeoning industry that attempts to help us with this, but how much can be done?
An issue with India has been papered over—It had been holding up a massive global trade deal that supporters say could add a trillion dollars to the world economy and add 18 million jobs, especially in poor countries. The World Trade Organization has been working on this package of trade liberalization for years, but the U.S. refused to agree because it was thought that a relatively new food security system in India would cause global distortions in trade. More on that. And a new statistics on student loans shows the cost of getting a bachelors degree is still rising. The numbers also show that the average debt for undergraduates sits at $28,400, up 2-percent from last year. And as we find out, the people with the really big debt loads are not the only ones to worry about. Plus, if you've found yourself on a flight recently, knees jammed to your nostrils, consider this: an airline based in the United Arab Emirates is offering what amounts to an apartment ... on an airplane.
Financial regulators from the U.S., Britain and Switzerland today imposed penalties on five banks for letting their traders work to manipulate foreign exchange markets, pounds to dollars, euros to pounds, and so forth. We take a look at what regulators suggest is price-fixing in action. One big bank not named in that foreign exchange scandal is Goldman Sachs. Every two years Goldman names its newest partners. Today is that day. And as we find out, the title comes with perks. Plus, the International Energy Agency has a new report today that warns the current boom in American shale oil hides other threats to the world supplies of oil. The agency is worried about global demand outstripping supply in the next 25 years, and an over-reliance on fewer producers. The shale oil boom has other by-products and not just making the fossil fuel outlook seem rosier than it may be. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking uses fluid pumped into rock to liberate oil and gas. But what do you do with the used fluid?
You know those door-buster sales after Thanksgiving? They're nothing compared to the online buying that happened in China today. More on the record-breaking shopping extravaganza known as "Singles Day." Plus, U.S. military veterans who served since September 11th have a harder time finding work than the general population. 7.2 percent are officially unemployed, compared to 5.8 percent for non-veterans. On this Veteran's Day, we take a look at just one program that tries to help veterans with not just jobs but good, career positions.