Rank #1: Fake meat isn’t just a flash in the pan
What will Purdue’s settlement over opioid deaths mean for other pharmaceutical firms making painkillers? Meat alternatives look like they’re here to stay. Plus, Brazil’s biofuel boom could be sidelined by the popularity of electric vehicles.
Rank #2: Less than zero
Oil prices are down slightly after brief investor panic. The GM strike is a lot different than the last one 12 years ago. Plus, a hypothetical about President Trump’s goading of the Fed for negative interest rates.
Rank #3: Premium rockin’ in the stream world
Is Wednesday’s all-but-certain Fed cut rate just one of several to come? Plus, Amazon announces a new, hi-def music streaming tier co-signed by Neil Young, whose own service for audiophiles barely made a sound a few years back.
Rank #4: Rent control does not affordable housing make
American consumers are still driving the economy. Europe implements new “open banking” rules. Plus, with California’s new tenant protection laws, we look at housing affordability, or lack thereof, in the U.S.
Rank #5: China exports to US drop as trade war continues
China’s exports to the U.S. fell by 16% ahead of scheduled trade talks in October. U.S. state attorneys general hone in on big tech in an antitrust investigation. And how headphones could help with hearing loss.
Rank #6: Does Sweden need to spend more to boost growth?
From the BBC World Service… Saudi Arabia plans to show evidence that Iran was behind an unprecedented attack on its oil facilities. Sweden unveils major tax cuts in its latest budget. Plus, we tour a laboratory that grows diamonds in a matter of days.
Rank #7: Reaching out to women to curb gun violence
American firms doing business in China are feeling a bit more pessimistic these days. Pennsylvania reaches out to women to curb straw gun purchases. Plus, why actual dentists aren’t smiling about the popularity of “tele-dental” services.
Rank #8: Clash for clunkers
What could be the financial and geopolitical fallout of an attack on Saudi oil facilities? How a trade deal with Japan could help U.S. farmers. Plus, nearly 50,000 auto workers go on strike against GM.
Rank #9: The mental toll of “cleaning” the Internet
From the BBC World Service… Huawei’s lawyers are scheduled to appear in a Texas court where they are looking to overturn a U.S. ban on the Chinese technology giant’s equipment. Britain’s central bank is expected to stick with a wider trend in global monetary policy and hold borrowing costs steady. Plus, we explore the personal toll on the people who have to weed out illegal and disturbing content on the internet.
Rank #10: “Taco Tuesday” is already trademarked… by a company in Wyoming
The Fed governors are likely to decide Tuesday to raise interest rates, as chair Jerome Powell deals with a global economic slowdown, a hike in oil prices and constant presidential criticism. Plus, LeBron James wasn’t the first to try to trademark “Taco Tuesday”… only they succeeded.