Airing on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015:nbsp;When he speaks to fellow Democrats tonight at a retreat in Philadelphia, President Obama will lay out some details about the budget he’s unveiling Monday. We look at what the sequester has (and hasn’t) accomplished. Plus,nbsp;McDonald's chief brand manager, Steve Easterbrook, will replace the chain's outgoing CEO. The fast-food giant has been struggling as consumers increasingly demand fresher, healthier options. How will Easterbook play things differently now that he’s CEO?
Airing on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015:nbsp;Apple's iPhone is dominating its earnings while revenue from tablets and laptops languishes. Is Apple turning into a one-product company? Plus, as big multinational oil companies report earnings, analysts watch to see the effects of plunging oil prices. Finally, today marks the 30th anniversary of “We are the World," the Grammy-winning song that helped pioneer charity recordings and multi-celebrity live music events.
Airing on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015: A strong dollar is causing some companies to lose money because it makes their overseas products more expensive, leading to falling demand. This impacts stock prices, which is a problem for all of us because America is now a shareholder economy. Plus, the Commerce Department reports core durable goods sales were down 0.6 percent in December, a bit more than had been expected. We unpack that number. Finally, snow days were once for playing outside or cocooning inside. Not anymore. Many of us can now work from home, keeping productivity fairly stable and the overall negative economic impact of a storm relatively low.
Airing on Monday, January 26, 2015: Dish goes over the top with Sling, and enters the growing universe of alternatives to traditional cable. We take a look at the competitive landscape on the other side of the equation. Plus, we check in on the health of the bitcoin market. With today's introduction of a new bitcoin exchange, will we see a reduction in the currency's volatility?
Airing on Friday, January 23, 2015: UPS' investment in late-order Christmas deliveries illustrates the risk when a company tries to keep up with changing customer expectations. The company estimates it lost $200 million on the venture. Plus, cloud-based storage company Box goes public after a yearlong delay, and we look at how the IPO market works. Finally, the parent company of SkyMall, the over-the-top catalog innbsp;seatbacknbsp;pockets everywhere, has filed for bankruptcy.
Airing on Thursday, January 22, 2015: Google is reportedly making deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to sell wireless plans directly to customers. We examine how this might work and how much disruption it might cause in the industry. Plus, a broken pipeline in North Dakota that's spilled millions of gallons of wastewater underscores a big cost of the fracking boom – the huge amounts of wastewater from wells that must be disposed of. nbsp;
Airing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015:nbsp;The idea of middle-class economics was front and center in the president’s State of the Union address. Sure, it serves as a political framework, but how does it work as an economic one? Plus, as part of a settlement with the SEC, ratings agency Samp;P has been banned from rating certain bond deals for one year, creating an opportunity for competitors. Finally, reporter Stan Alcorn definesnbsp;Davos Man as, "the suit-wearing, power-wielding Ubermensch that is the incarnation of the global financial elite." Wenbsp;look at the evolution of both the term and the man.
Airing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015: The U.S. is still struggling, as the president will note in this evening's State of the Union speech, but at least the economy is stillnbsp;growing. Most of the rest of the world is slowing. Plus, as the world market continues to be flush with low-priced oil, traders are looking for ways to profit from the slump. One strategy: Storing oil in rented tankers until prices go back up. nbsp;
Airing on Monday, January 19, 2015: Well-funded lobbyists are rallying to end a $3 billion-a-year tax and refund the revenue to the medical device industry. Its potential repeal reflects how difficult it is to change the healthcare system. Plus,nbsp;Obama has a plan to raise $300 million by raising taxes on the rich –andnbsp;going after the banks. What would that entail, and how likely is it to happen? And, apparently, the rich keep getting richer. What will it take to reverse this trend?nbsp;
Airing on Friday, January 16, 2015:nbsp;There’s a huge currency trading market that companies use to even out the value of the world’s many currencies –nbsp;and that traders large and small speculate in. When there’s a surprise like the Swiss franc move, it sends shock waves through the market. How businesses and governments are assessing the damage. Plus, for the first time in at least 50 years, the majority of children in public school are from low-income families. We look at the calculation and ask: How did public schools become warehouses for the poor? nbsp;