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What happens if online retailers have to charge sales tax?

2 hours ago

Will online business be forced to collect state sales taxes? That question go before the Supreme Court sometime in June. Traditionally, businesses only need to collect sales taxes in states where they have a physical presence. But South Dakota recently passed a law to change that. Two companies, Wayfair and Overstock, sued the state.

Will online business be forced to collect state sales taxes? That question will go before the Supreme Court sometime in June. Traditionally, businesses only need to collect sales taxes in states where they have a physical presence. But South Dakota recently passed a law to change that. Two companies, Wayfair and Overstock, sued the state. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Josh Silverman, the CEO of Etsy, about how the court battle could affect smaller online retailers.   

Heading west on I-20 from the Midland, Texas, airport, the highway is littered with 18-wheelers and pickup trucks. The horizon is full of oil derricks and pump jacks, just like in the movies. About half an hour down, right on the service road, is what looks like a high-end recreational vehicle park with mobile housing units lined up one after the other. It’s called Iron Horse Ranch Lodge, and it’s what local people refer to as a “man camp.”

CFPB’s Mulvaney: We don’t have to run a Yelp for banks

14 hours ago

The acting director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, said Tuesday that he wants to cut off public access to a web-based database of complaints about financial companies. The American Bankers Association thinks that’s a fine idea. Consumer advocacy groups, not so much. 

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Merkel to stress tariffs threat to American jobs

14 hours ago

Call it a one-two punch from the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the White House on Friday, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron. The two European leaders are pushing the same agenda in their meetings with Trump. 

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Who's asking for exemptions from Trump's tariffs?

15 hours ago

We've been doing some digging into some of the 2,200 exemption requests the Department of Commerce has received from American companies who want to get out from under the steel and aluminum tariffs — 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively — that went into effect March 23.

China manufacturers feel helpless with U.S. tariffs

15 hours ago

Brad Schulz from Scottsdale, Arizona, is scouting for items to sell on Amazon this Christmas. The hunt has taken him thousands of miles to Guangzhou city in southern China to one of the world’s biggest trade shows — the Canton Fair.

The event attracts some 25,000 companies, mainly Chinese, that set up booths to show off their latest products — from power tools and chemicals to car parts.

The current fair covers an area of some 12 million square feet — the equivalent of 68 Walmart Supercenters put together.

How does disability affect your financial life?

16 hours ago

Marketplace is working on upcoming coverage related to the economics of disability, and we're looking for people with disabilities (and family members, caregivers, practitioners, researchers and advocates) who can share their stories and experiences.

Some of this coverage will be focused on education, healthcare and employment, but other topics and stories are more than welcome. If you have experiences you'd like to share, questions you'd like answered or topics you'd like us to take on, you can reach our team using the form below or at weekend@marketplace.org.

04/25/2018: Enchanté!

17 hours ago

If what's past is prologue, we're in for a change of mood at the White House. French President Emmanuel Macron's on his way out of town, after what you can only call a very warm reception from President Donald Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shows up on Friday. The two European leaders are pushing the same agenda, but they're going to be greeted much differently. Then: CFPB head Mick Mulvaney said last night he wants to take the agency's database of consumer complaints offline, out of public view. We'll explain what's going on.

How the PGA Tour commissioner plans to grow golf's fan base

18 hours ago

Jay Monahan took over as the PGA Tour commissioner in 2017 after spending a couple of years working closely with his predecessor. He talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about his plans to grow the fan base for golf, and why social media and a big play for the month of August, have to do with it. What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Kai Ryssdal: A little bit of nomenclature here right. You run the PGA Tour which is not the PGA, the Professional Golfers Association.

The PGA Tour commissioner wants to see your selfies

21 hours ago

Golf is hundreds of years old, and even today, it’s known more for its traditions than memes. And that makes for a tricky proposition for Jay Monahan, the newish PGA Tour commissioner. “Five years ago, when you came to a PGA tournament, we didn’t let you bring your cellphone on site," he said. Monahan talks with us about bringing social media onto the green, competing against other sports like football and what it’s like when your biggest stars are essentially freelancers.  

04/25/2018: The real reason the markets are nervous

22 hours ago

(Markets Edition) The 10-year Treasury yield remains above 3 percent, which some are blaming for our market decline. We'll talk with Susan Schmidt, senior portfolio manager at Westwood Holdings Group, about why this narrative might be wrong. Afterwards, we'll look at the connection between high gas prices and SUV/pick-up truck sales, and then we'll visit Midland, Texas, to find out why the region — one of the richest in the nation — has schools that consistently rank among the poorest in Texas. 

(U.S. Edition) As the U.S. increasingly looks to Europe as a model for how to regulate internet companies, we'll look at how Europe is cracking down on one popular communication tool. There's word Whatsapp, which allows you to text and make voice and video calls using encrypted Wi-Fi, will cut off kids under 16. Afterwards, we'll talk to Zanny Minton Beddoes — editor in chief of The Economist — about how she thinks liberalism should adapt to the needs of the 21st century.

 

 

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