Economics & Economy

Could the Federal Reserve have prevented the financial crisis?

7 hours ago

Ten years ago the economy broke. Today, America is a much different place, not just economically, but politically and culturally. This year, Marketplace will explore how the financial crisis and its aftermath changed us in a project called Divided Decade.

There are LOTS of cryptocurrencies. Yes, bitcoin, but also: Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, IOTA, Dash, TRON and Bitcoin Cash. What’s a new investor to do? Read Reddit threads, of course. And starting this week, there are now official financial ratings of the coins, as well. Weiss Ratings is going to assign letter ratings to cryptocurrencies, though, because of their volatile nature, the grades could change daily. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Martin Weiss, who’s behind the ratings. 

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Liberia is suffering from rampant unemployment and endemic poverty, but residents are optimistic today about the inauguration of a soccer star-turned-president’s celebrity status, which they hope will bring about a restoration of the nation’s economy. Then, a new report says 82 percent of the world’s wealth went to the richest 1 percent. We’ll dive into income inequality as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, kicks off this week.

Small talk: Pink lights, games with cats, Google ads

7 hours ago

Kai Ryssdal: A note on the way out today, the stuff that didn't quite make the headlines. Comes to us the same way it always does. Courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and the rest of the Marketplace staff.

Brendan Newnam: Stacey Vanek Smith, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

01/19/2018: Shutdown countdown

Jan 19, 2018

As we tape this, the United States government is hours away from grinding to a halt, barring a last-minute deal. The blame game is already starting, and that's where we'll start today's show. Then we'll look at lessons federal workers learned from the last shutdown. Plus, the latest on Amazon Prime, IBM and electric vehicle sales.