Marketplace Headlines: Economy

Marketplace Headlines: Economy

  • As beef and pork prices rise, demand tastes like chicken

    Apr 18, 2014 | 4 min
    Why it's a great time to be a chicken farmer.
  • Fed's Yellen soothes nerves on interest rates

    Apr 18, 2014 | 5 min
    Kai talks with Felix Salmon from Reuters and Catherine Rampell of the Washinton Post about the week's biggest economic news.
  • It's cheaper to buy than rent, but the gap is closing

    Apr 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Since the financial crisis, people who hold a mortgage have spent less on housing than people who rent. So why don't more people buy?
  • The employment problem of prime-age men

    Apr 18, 2014 | 5 min
    Men age 25 to 54 have been disappearing from employment for decades. In the recession it got worse. Now it's getting a bit better.
  • Will the future economy be driven by purpose or money?

    Apr 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Aaron Hurst, author of "The Purpose Economy," argues workers are driven by more than just the promise of a paycheck.
  • A bill of health for insurance companies

    Apr 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Pot growers bought more than eight football fields of warehouse space
  • Bad banks turn into good banks

    Apr 16, 2014 | 2 min
    What’s led to the overall improvement in creditworthiness for consumers.
  • Bloomberg: 'Here's $5 million for gun control'

    Apr 16, 2014 | 3 min
    Michael Bloomberg is committing $5 million to create an anti-gun voting operation. What does $5 million buy?
  • How to make a White House Summit more than a photo op

    Apr 16, 2014 | 3 min
    The White House hosts summits on everything from healthy foods to diversity in technology. But what's the real utility of these gatherings?
  • PODCAST: China's slowing growth

    Apr 16, 2014 | 7 min
    A disease ravaging shrimp is pushing up prices for the small shellfish. And a look at homelessness in Silicon Valley.
  • We're paying more to pay taxes

    Apr 15, 2014 | 1 min
    Inflation in the tax preparation and accounting fees category is up 5.1 percent
  • What's pulling up the Consumer Price Index

    Apr 15, 2014 | 3 min
    Consumer prices increased more than expected. So what’s becoming more expensive, and why?
  • PODCAST: Google's drones

    Apr 15, 2014 | 7 min
    Internet companies are racing to patch their Heartbleed vulnerabilities, at great cost. And legal pot shops are discovering the joys of tax season.
  • IRS budget problems help tax evaders

    Apr 15, 2014 | 2 min
    Taxpayers face a smaller risk of being audited by the IRS.
  • Real estate flippers are back!

    Apr 14, 2014 | 4 min
    Some of the biggest players in the housing bubble were house flippers.
  • Marketing the moon

    Apr 14, 2014 | 6 min
    How a marketing campaign helped the U.S. win the space race.
  • Retail sales: What's driving demand?

    Apr 14, 2014 | 3 min
    Retail sales increased 1.1 per cent in March, the biggest jump since September 212.
  • When the IRS 'likes' your Facebook update

    Apr 14, 2014 | 5 min
    The IRS is using data to crack down on tax dodgers
  • PODCAST: Warm reception for retail

    Apr 14, 2014 | 7 min
    Congress is out for recess, but not to play. And a look at France's proposed new rules for workplace messaging after hours.
  • 'quotIf you can run the OMB, you can run anything.'quot

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    The president has picked his budget adviser Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS.
  • 4-11-14 Mid-day Update - What's so bad about low inflation?

    Apr 11, 2014 | 7 min
    Why are investors suddenly fleeing from stocks? Some at the Fed are worried the inflation rate, around 1 percent, is too low. When it comes to wellbeing, Costa Rica tops the list of countries in Latin America.
  • Why low inflation can be dangerous

    Apr 11, 2014 | 2 min
    Some at the Fed are worried the inflation rate, around 1 percent, is too low.
  • PODCAST: From bailout to IPO

    Apr 10, 2014 | 7 min
    Will China interfere with efforts to isolate Russia? And, teens are now spending as much on food as clothes
  • PODCAST: Medicare's pay-data dump

    Apr 09, 2014 | 7 min
    We look at what the proposed Time-Warner Cable and Comcast merger will mean for internet users. And a challenger appears in the single-serve coffeemaker market.
  • Who's quitting? Who's hiring? Is it you?

    Apr 08, 2014 | 3 min
    The "Job Opening and Labor Turnover" survey says employers advertised 4.2 million jobs in February.
  • PODCAST: (Not) talking about pay

    Apr 08, 2014 | 7 min
    Banco Popular is shifting eastward from Los Angeles and Chicago. And looking at giving and taking in the workplace.
  • Why don't we like to talk about our pay?

    Apr 08, 2014 | 2 min
    An executive order will make it easier for federal contractors to discuss pay
  • Is this town the Luxembourg of Illinois?

    Apr 08, 2014 | 4 min
    Companies based in Chicago record sales in Kankakee and other towns outside the city to lower tax bills.
  • Can an executive order help close the pay gap?

    Apr 07, 2014 | 3 min
    The order will ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss what they're paid.
  • PODCAST: Tech bubble bursting?

    Apr 07, 2014 | 7 min
    We look at the best and worst states on closing the gender pay gap. And The University of Baltimore is offering a free semester for finishing within four years.
  • A free semester for finishing within four years

    Apr 07, 2014 | 3 min
    University of Baltimore offering discount for finishing in four years
  • Bitcoin ATM in the halls of Congress

    Apr 07, 2014 | 2 min
    A Bitcoin ATM maker is setting up shop in Congress.
  • Weekly Wrap:

    Apr 04, 2014 | 5 min
    David Gura sits down with Felix Salmon, from Reuters, and Catherine Rampell, from The Washington Post, to wrap up the week.
  • What would full employment feel like?

    Apr 04, 2014 | 3 min
    The goal is always the same – so-called "full employment." But what is it?
  • PODCAST: March jobs report

    Apr 04, 2014 | 7 min
    U.S. employers hired 12, people in March. And the company behind the food delivery app GrubHub gets ready for its IPO.
  • Delayed foreclosures: Drawing out the agony?

    Apr 04, 2014 | 3 min
    Do long, drawn-out foreclosures really help homeowners prepare?
  • Questioning the reliability of ADP job numbers

    Apr 03, 2014 | 2 min
    Economists have been riled up over differences between job numbers from the payroll processor ADP and federal figures.
  • Overdraft fees hit a record

    Apr 03, 2014 | 3 min
    A study says banks pulled in $2 billion in overdraft charges in 21 and fees are climbing.
  • PODCAST: Fewest first quarter layoffs since 15

    Apr 03, 2014 | 7 min
    A new economic indicator seeks to give the GDP some competition in measuring economic health.
  • New study looks beyond GDP to measure economic health

    Apr 03, 2014 | 3 min
    According to a new study, GDP doesn't tell the whole story about the health of a country's economy.
  • Keating's legacy, from John McCain to a camp classic

    Apr 02, 2014 | 3 min
    We remember Charles Keating, one of the best-known faces of the S'L crisis of the late 8’s and early ’s, in which 1, banks collapsed.
  • What GM's mea culpa could mean for the brand

    Apr 02, 2014 | 4 min
    GM's CEO Mary Barra spent another day on Capitol Hill.
  • PODCAST: Private sector warms up

    Apr 02, 2014 | 7 min
    Microsoft is expected to announce a digital personal assistant akin to Apple's Siri. And Alan Sloan from Fortune Magazine talks tax code.
  • D printing could be the future of construction

    Apr 01, 2014 | 1 min
    There's no waste. And if you want to renovate? Recycle.
  • The yacht index: How the price of pricey boats shifts

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Is it possible that yachts can serve as an economic indicator?
  • Housing is having a bad month, thanks to the letter 'quotL'quot

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Blame the L's: labor, lumber, land, loans... and lousy weather.
  • PODCAST: Dealing with high frequency trading

    Apr 01, 2014 | 8 min
    Retail store are looking to get more foot traffic with cell phone charging stations. And Netflix gets Frank Underwood to lobby for them.
  • Rising small business sales likely to continue in 214

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Many baby boomers were unable to sell during the Great Recession
  • Rising small business sales likely to continue in 214

    Apr 01, 2014 | 3 min
    Many baby boomers were unable to sell during the Great Recession
  • A limestone mine and government paperwork

    Mar 31, 2014 | 4 min
    In the backwoods of Pennsylvania sits 28, file cabinets full of paper and an army of employees.
  • PODCAST: UN warns of climate change effects

    Mar 31, 2014 | 8 min
    The Senate Finance Committee thinks about bringing back expired tax breaks. And a look at the safety and costs of in vitro births.
  • Senate Finance Committee chair to review tax breaks

    Mar 31, 2014 | 2 min
    A Senate proposal for a temporary extension
  • On Helvetica and U.S. government spending

    Mar 28, 2014 | 1 min
    A 14-year-old kid in Pittsburgh has found a way to save the federal government $16 million.
  • Weekly Wrap: Consumer confidence? 'Meh'

    Mar 28, 2014 | 6 min
    Kai talks to John Carney from the Wall Street Journal and Leigh Gallagher from Fortune for the Weekly Wrap.
  • What's the ROI for a college degree?

    Mar 28, 2014 | 2 min
    Many liberal arts schools say they're penalized by rankings on graduates' earnings
  • Bridging the language barrier at movies

    Mar 28, 2014 | 2 min
    myLINGO allows moviegoers to download film soundtracks in another language
  • CSI High: Preparing students for the job market

    Mar 27, 2014 | 5 min
    A town in Georgia has a unique problem. Too many skilled high school graduates and not enough jobs.
  • The new business of lobbying

    Mar 27, 2014 | 5 min
    "Government affairs professionals," as lobbyists like to call themselves, say their job has changed.
  • PODCAST: College football to get unions?

    Mar 27, 2014 | 7 min
    The U.S. saw an uptick in GDP. And with 2, tech workers commuting daily from Santa Cruz to Silicon Valley, the city tries to start its own tech hub.
  • Filling in the gaps that Gross Domestic Product skips

    Mar 27, 2014 | 3 min
    How to do we measure well-being?
  • Is Facebook the biggest VC in the game?

    Mar 26, 2014 | 3 min
    With several high profile purchases in recent years, Facebook is operating more like a venture capitalist than a social media platform
  • America's Game of Chicken

    Mar 26, 2014 | 3 min
    For the first time in 1 years, Americans are eating more chicken than beef.
  • The IRS labels bitcoin an asset

    Mar 25, 2014 | 3 min
    The IRS says bitcoins should be counted as assets for tax purposes. And that means what, exactly? Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains.
  • PODCAST: Disney gets into viral videos

    Mar 25, 2014 | 7 min
    A look at how the Fed measures inflation when deciding to adjust interest rates. And despite inheriting one of the toughest economic environments in years, Millennials are still optimistic.
  • Survival of the fittest millennial

    Mar 25, 2014 | 3 min
    How are millennials handling student debt and the difficulty of securing employment?
  • Putting student debt on trial

    Mar 25, 2014 | 2 min
    Law school applications are plummeting, so what are they worth?
  • Will you get rich? Your last name may tell you

    Mar 24, 2014 | 5 min
    A new book says surnames can tell us an awful lot about our social status and how successful we may be.
  • Starbucks is expanding serving alcohol and small plates

    Mar 24, 2014 | 2 min
    The company known for waking you up wants to offer more
  • Spooked markets and that sort of thing

    Mar 21, 2014 | 6 min
    Cardiff Garcia of FT and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post talk the week's financial news.
  • PODCAST: IRS scam

    Mar 21, 2014 | 7 min
    Walmart is putting on a "Black-Friday-like" for gardening and outdoor supplies. And we look at how legalization might affect undocumented workers as part of our series, City of Dreams.
  • Walmart's 'quotBlack Friday'quot of garden supplies: More than a marketing ploy

    Mar 21, 2014 | 2 min
    Is there really a Black-Friday-like demand for gardening and outdoor supplies in the spring?
  • NCAA bracketeers cried today

    Mar 20, 2014 | 1 min
    ESPN says Warren Buffett's $1 billion bet is almost certainly safe.
  • PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

    Mar 20, 2014 | 7 min
    Interest rates are up after the new Federal Reserve chair's briefing yesterday. And the Washington monument is reopening, thanks to private money.
  • Repairing the Washington Monument with private money

    Mar 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Repairing damage from a 211 earthquake cost $15 million.
  • Amazon Prime could be too popular?

    Mar 20, 2014 | 2 min
    Analysts say Amazon could lose money by making its customers too loyal.
  • After combat, a battle for job-hunting veterans

    Mar 20, 2014 | 2 min
    Partly it's the challenge of translating their skills to a civilian workplace.
  • Short-selling: A step-by-step guide.

    Mar 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Short selling has a bad rap. But it's been around as long as the markets have.
  • Smith College president talks affordable education

    Mar 19, 2014 | 4 min
    She says her job is to "help people think past the sticker price".
  • The only thing the Fed has left is words. And dots.

    Mar 19, 2014 | 5 min
    With QE on its way out, and interest rates at basically zero, the Fed has to start using its words.
  • PODCAST: The dual mandate

    Mar 19, 2014 | 7 min
    The Fed grapples with balancing interest rates and a shrinking unemployment rate.
  • Why the Federal Reserve is vague about interest rates

    Mar 19, 2014 | 2 min
    Fed Chair Janet Yellen loves transparency, to a point.
  • There isn't a magic jobs number for the Federal Reserve

    Mar 18, 2014 | 3 min
    The U.S. is inching toward the 6.5 percent unemployment rate the Fed has set as its target. Now, it has to decide whether this rate is the rate it wanted.
  • Three floods in three years? Yeah, we'll buy your house.

    Mar 18, 2014 | 4 min
    After Hurricane Sandy, the state of New Jersey planned to buy 1, flood-prone homes and demolish them. What's taking so long?
  • A mixed outlook for the housing market

    Mar 18, 2014 | 2 min
    A recovery in new home construction hit bumps amid winter storms
  • The meta-convention: a trade show for trade shows

    Mar 18, 2014 | 3 min
    The trade show and convention industry has bounced back from the recession.
  • Do you wanna live forever?

    Mar 17, 2014 | 1 min
    Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, March 18, 214
  • What deportations mean for U.S. businesses

    Mar 17, 2014 | 2 min
    Deportation impacts industries that historically depend on undocumented labor.
  • Weekly Wrap: Hurray for Washington?

    Mar 14, 2014 | 5 min
    Nela Richardson and Sudeep Reddy talk about what happened this week, economy-wise, and why.
  • That extra hour of daylight finally comes in handy

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Marketplace Datebook for the week of March 17, 214
  • For-profit colleges and concerns over 'gainful employment'

    Mar 14, 2014 | 3 min
    A look at the numbers behind the Gainful Employment Rule and its potential impact on the industry.
  • Common Core tests get a trial run

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Millions of students will take tests aligned with the new Common Core education standards.
  • Midday Update: Is BP back?

    Mar 14, 2014 | 7 min
    Beginning next week, BP will be allowed to bid on leases to drill for oil on government land.
  • Four ways to make money in space

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    NASA is increasingly reliant on contractors to get goods to and from space.
  • Common Core tests get a trial run

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Millions of students will take tests aligned with the new Common Core education standards.
  • Multiple labor lawsuits hit McDonald's

    Mar 14, 2014 | 3 min
    The fast-food giant is sued with its franchises for alleged wage and hour violations.
  • Attack of the Zombies!!! (Foreclosures, that is)

    Mar 13, 2014 | 2 min
    Vacant homes in foreclosure can drag down neighborhoods and home prices
  • Attack of the Zombies!!! (Foreclosures, that is)

    Mar 13, 2014 | 2 min
    Vacant homes in foreclosure can drag down neighborhoods and home prices
  • Obama pushes for more overtime pay

    Mar 12, 2014 | 3 min
    Wages haven’t really increased in the last 2 years--a look at how and why companies are keeping wages low
  • A plan to wind down Fannie and Freddie

    Mar 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Senate leaders have a bipartisan blueprint for getting government (somewhat) out of the housing market.
  • The life of a stolen passport

    Mar 11, 2014 | 3 min
    How stolen passports get from owner to impostor owner
  • PODCAST: Nuclear economics, post-Fukushima

    Mar 11, 2014 | 7 min
    It’s been three years since the Fukushima disaster prompted Japan to try weaning itself from nuclear power.
  • Which public radio host are you?

    Mar 10, 2014 | 1 min
    Answer a series of questions including: Who would you most like to interview?
  • The guy behind nutrition facts and energy guides

    Mar 10, 2014 | 5 min
    Burkey Belser is the designer behind the original nutrition facts label. He's got his own solution for the redesign.
  • My first job: Big-rig truck washer

    Mar 10, 2014 | 3 min
    ESPN's Rece Davis didn't start out interviewing athletes on air.
  • Public transportation at its highest level since 156

    Mar 10, 2014 | 2 min
    Americans took more than 1 billion public transport trips in 21.
  • PODCAST: February jobs report

    Mar 07, 2014 |
    A look at supermarket mergers. And some employers are shifting how they contribute to 41(k) plans.
  • Job growth strengthens, jobless rate ticks up to 6.7%

    Mar 07, 2014 |
    The U.S. economy added 175, jobs in February.
  • Why foreign consumers shop in U.S.

    Mar 07, 2014 | 2 min
    Competition and other factors can lower the price of consumer goods in this country.
  • Are bananas doomed?

    Mar 06, 2014 | 4 min
    The world’s fourth most valuable crop is being ravaged by an intractable fungus.
  • Tracking down the man behind bitcoin

    Mar 06, 2014 | 1 min
    News media was in hot pursuit of Satoshi Nakamoto, the alleged creator of bitcoin.
  • High frequency trading: More relaxed than you think

    Mar 06, 2014 | 7 min
    The technology and tactics of high frequency trading are impressive to some, but controversial to others, which is why a lot of companies that do it don't like to talk about it.
  • Snakes not on a plane

    Mar 06, 2014 | 1 min
    Marketplace Datebook for Friday, March 7, 214
  • Jeffrey Zients is not an economist

    Mar 05, 2014 | 2 min
    And the new National Economic Council boss is not a longtime political insider, either
  • PODCAST: Another ACA delay

    Mar 05, 2014 | 7 min
    The makers of the SAT have a new college admissions test. And Americans are drinking less and less orange juice.
  • Congress votes to reduce flood-insurance rates—because the seas aren’t rising, right?

    Mar 05, 2014 | 3 min
    In 212, Congress updated the National Flood Insurance Program, to reflect higher risks and costs. Now, it wants do-overs.
  • Bears, bulls, and BS

    Mar 05, 2014 | 3 min
    We dive into the origin of a few popular finance terms.
  • What can the Fed do to solve social problems?

    Mar 04, 2014 | 3 min
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is rolling up its sleeves to get closer to the community.
  • By cutting a deal with these two creditors, could Detroit force all the others to fall in line?

    Mar 04, 2014 | 2 min
    If the judge approves, the agreement could be a big step toward the city getting out of bankruptcy.
  • Obama's tough sell on early childhood spending

    Mar 04, 2014 | 2 min
    Obama's budget proposal is equally split between defense spending and domestic programs like early childhood development.
  • What can the Fed do to solve social problems?

    Mar 04, 2014 | 1 min
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is rolling up its sleeves to get closer to the community.

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