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12/08/2017: Age is just a data point

Dec 8, 2017

Is leaving the coveted 18 to 34 advertising demographic a steep descent into irrelevance, or are advertisers still paying attention to you once you make the jump? Plus, steady she goes … this economy has officially added jobs for 86 months in a row. So why aren’t wages moving? That and more of the week’s economic news on the Weekly Wrap with The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar and The Wall Street Journal’s Kate Davidson.

Will Congress reconcile the GOP tax bill?

Dec 8, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar from the New Yorker and Kate Davidson from the Wall Street Journal join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. They touch on the latest numbers out of the Labor Department released this morning and discuss the potential effects of the Republican tax bill on everyday Americans and big business. Kolhatkar and Davidson also talk about the process that the GOP tax bill has gone through and whether the House and the Senate can successfully reconcile their versions of the bill.

His father fled China and rode the escalator of globalization

Dec 8, 2017

Scott Tong's father escaped communist China on the first of two boats. The second boat sank. Thus began his journey to America and better life. He went to college, became an engineer and landed his dream job at IBM. He climbed the "escalator" of globalization and lived what has become the quintessential story of a successful immigrant. Tong himself went on to become a correspondent for Marketplace. But, as he writes in his new book, his father had a brother who wasn't so fortunate.

A Federal Government shutdown has been averted, for now. So what’s next for Washington after the tax overhaul gets done? Well, according to multiple reports out today, it’s infrastructure. The president is expected to release his long-awaited infrastructure plan in January. But the tax bill has some elements that have infrastructure experts concerned. 

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Is 18 to 34 still the most coveted demographic?

Dec 8, 2017

I turned 35 on Monday. And sure, getting older sucks. But it’s not my hair thinning that gets me, or that thing with my knee. The real existential gut punch of it all is that on Monday, I aged out of the coveted 18-to-34 demographic.

For decades, the 18-to-34 age group has been considered especially valuable to advertisers. It’s the biggest cohort, overtaking the baby boomers in 2015, and 18 to 34s are thought to have money to burn on toys and clothes and products, rather than the more staid investments of middle age.

Christmas has always been about consumption

Dec 8, 2017

Holidays, Brought to You By is our series about all the stuff that’s become part of the culture and of the economy. Where did they come from and who thought of them?

Today, after weeks of often bitter wrangling, the Brits struck a last-minute, breakthrough deal on Brexit with their European Union partners. They agreed to some of the key terms of their departure from the EU. The United Kingdom will likely be told next week that it can now move on to talk about a future trade relationship with the bloc. Why should we care? Well, U.S. businesses have quite a bit of skin in this game.

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A provision in the tax code that allows employers and their employees to get a tax break on tuition assistance offered by companies is on the chopping block in the House version of the new tax bill. That perk is a useful recruiting tool for employers in a tight job market.

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12/08/2017: A strong November for jobs

Dec 8, 2017

(Markets Edition) The November jobs report is out, revealing that the U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent. Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, joined us to discuss how specific sectors performed and why wage growth still hasn't been doing that great. Afterwards, we'll discuss what the GOP's tax overhaul could mean for tuition assistance. Some companies help pay for employees to get a degree, which they could get a tax break for, but that could go away under the House's version of the tax bill.

Marketplace Weekend answers your tax questions

Dec 8, 2017

In the past few weeks, taxes have been on all of our minds and at the center of the news, as the House and Senate have passed their versions of the Republican tax bill. 

Tax reform is something that will have an enormous effect on everyone living in the U.S. and on the economy as a whole. It's also something that can cause more than a little confusion.

12/08/2017: Puppy migration and taxes

Dec 8, 2017

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a panel of experts talk taxes and answer questions from listeners. Plus, we look into supply and demand ... as it applies to rescue dogs moving out of the South. And NASA's Doug Wheelock discusses what it takes to be an astronaut. 

As the House and Senate consider their respective tax bills, both proposals raise questions about 401(k) savings accounts. As we've reported on Marketplace Weekend, one third of Americans have nothing put aside for retirement. Even so, it turns out, millions of dollars are being left unclaimed in abandoned 401(k) accounts. For more on why people are doing this, Lizzie O'Leary spoke with Charles Thorngren, CEO of investment firm Noble Gold.

How to be an astronaut

Dec 8, 2017

Everyone has a dream job growing up: doctor, vet, ice cream taste tester. But how do you actually get the gig? Marketplace Weekend is looking into how, with the occasional series, How to be a...

NASA astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock is starting off the series with his guide to becoming an astronaut. Wheelock has been an astronaut for 19 years. He's spent 178 days in space as a flight engineer and then a commander, and has completed six space walks totaling over 43 hours. 

Bonus: The Uncertain Hour season 2, episode 2

Dec 8, 2017

Ahead of your regularly scheduled episode of Marketplace this afternoon, we're bringing you the second episode of the new season of The Uncertain Hour. Starting where episode one left off, we find the government and consumer activist Ruth Desmond trying to answer an existential question: How many additives can you put into a jar of peanut butter before it's not peanut butter anymore? Trying to answer it kicked off a multiyear battle that changed the way we think about regulations in this country.

Brexit: U.K. businesses call for more clarity over deal

Dec 8, 2017

From our partners at the BBC:

More clarity on the Brexit transition is needed to stop companies proceeding with contingency plans despite the progress announced on Friday, the Confederation of British Industry has warned.

Paul Drechsler, president of the business lobby group, said companies had begun triggering plans months ago.

However, more detail could help suspend further action by firms, he said.