Markets finally have something to trade on following fourth quarter earnings news. Is the new alliance between Ford and Volkswagen a sign of things to come for the greater automotive industry? And as the government shutdown creeps into different sectors of the economy, we look at its potential effect on the upcoming Super Bowl.
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The Fed's view on the shutdown
During periods of economic uncertainty, many people look to what central bankers say as a forecast of what’s to come. In that spirit, we have Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard on the show today to talk about the longest government shutdown in history. Then, why AT&T is pulling its ads from YouTube. Plus, as always, your recap of the week's news from our analysts.
For some government workers, the shutdown might mean skipping bill payments and subsequent bad credit, and that could have implications on their .
German business, politicians make emotional Brexit plea
From the BBC World Service… German business leaders and politicians published an emotional letter in one of the U.K.'s biggest daily newspapers, making an emotional plea for Britain to stay in the E.U. We'll hear from the organizer about what she hopes the letter will actually accomplish. Then, Bentley blows out the candles on its 100th birthday cake today, but as ultra-luxury goods go out of style, is there a place for tricked-out cars anymore? Plus, members' clubs are becoming increasingly popular, but what do these venues offer business people looking to network?
Tech IPOs were set for a comeback, then the government shut down
It's been a big story that tech companies are staying private longer. And there are fewer and fewer tech IPOs. It seemed like the drought was lifting: Uber and Lyft have filed for initial public offerings, and there were rumors that Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack might finally pull the trigger. But three weeks into 2019 and the Securities and Exchange Commission isn't picking up the phone. The SEC lawyers and accountants who work on IPOs are shut down along with the government. And if this shutdown goes on much longer, the big names might be fine, but it could chill the whole tech IPO resurgence. .