Archive for the ‘marketplace’ Tag

A New 3-D Pen Lets Kids Create Their Own Toys   Leave a comment

3DoodlerSeaLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/22/tech/3d-pen-kids-wins-best-toy-award-toy-fair-2017

Summary: Educational technology toys are a hot new trend in the toy market.  One company, Bogue, introduced a new concept allowing kids to create their own toys through a 3-D printer.  Marketplace introduces how Bogue is competing with giant toy companies.

Original Air Date: February 22, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages Bogue has with creating a new category in the market? How does this impact competition?

Oil pushes out Venezuela’s agriculture   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/18/world/resource-curse/venezuela-ranchers

Summary: Venezuela’s oil dependent economy imports nearly 80% of its food, which is particularly worrisome  when oil prices are at an all time low.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2016

Length: 4 minutes 46 seconds

This visa program is a path to citizenship for the rich   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/16/business/eb5-visas

Summary: Marketplace analyzes the EB-5 visa program which allows wealthy foreign investors to secure American citizenship, only if investors are willing to invest at least a half a million dollars in the United States.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 29 seconds

GMO acreage falls — along with commodity prices   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/13/world/gmo-crops-declineat-least-now

Summary: Due to falling commodity prices, the number of acres across the globe containing genetically modified crops has fallen for the first time in 20 years.

Original Air Date: April 13, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 4 seconds

Posted October 21, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Environmental economics, Production costs

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Tax preparers prey on low-income filers, study finds   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/13/business/eitc

Summary: A 2016 study finds brand name tax branches targeting areas with a concentrated population of people receiving the income earned tax credit.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2016

Length: 1 minute 32 seconds

Posted October 14, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Ethics, Inequality, Taxes

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While major U.S. banks are cleaning up their books, the shadow banking system is dirtying its hands   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/12/economy/while-major-us-banks-are-cleaning-their-books-shadow-banking-system-dirtying-its

Summary: Marketplace looks at the shadow banking system of providers of personal, auto and some mortgage loans,and the role these non banks have played  since the financial crisis of 2008.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2016

Length: 1 minute 25 seconds

Utility companies to stockpile $8 million spare parts in case of disaster   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/08/world/spare-parts

Summary: Several major utility companies are pooling their resources to create a company called Grid Assurance. Grid Assurance is designed to stockpile repair parts to protect against the chances of a grid disaster.

Original Air Date: April , 2016

Length: 2 minutes 6 seconds

Posted October 1, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Oligopoly, Politics & economics, Technology

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