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Financial 411

A Podcast from WNYC News

WNYC's Amy Eddings hosts a daily overview of financial news at 4:30 each weekday. This financial wrap delivers highlights of the day's business news delivered by WNYC's reporters with context, clarity and a New York perspective.

Recently in Financial 411

Financial 411: Continuing the Conversation about Stress in the Workplace

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last week, our talk about workplace stress with consultant Peter Bregman definitely hit a nerve — and the conversation isn't over.


Financial 411: Budget Talks Heat Up in NYC

Monday, May 23, 2011

The New York City council gets serious this week about the mayor's budget. And "New York Works" checks in at the pilot house of the Staten Island Ferry.


Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, May 20, 2011

Gay marriage, Conde Nast, the TV "upfronts," and the Mets and Madoff. We'll review this week's business and economic news.


Financial 411: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs. When it comes to the economic recovery, that's what it's all about. We'll talk about how men, women, and college graduates are faring in today's jobs market.


Financial 411: Tracking Changes in the Housing Market

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What is up with the housing market? On Wednesday, the government said new home construction fell nearly 11 percent in April. But Thursday, we expect the National Association of Realtors to tell us that existing home sales grew last month, albeit modestly.

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Financial 411: Coping With Workplace Stress in a Stressful Economy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

These days, it's one of the few things you can count on in this economy: rising stress levels at work.  We'll talk about coping in a stressful economy.


Financial 411: IMF Chief Jailed, U.S. Reaches Debt Limit

Monday, May 16, 2011

The U.S. maxes out its credit card, and the head of the International Monetary Fund is denied bail. We also unveil a new series: New York Works.


Financial 411: Bleak Forecast for Benefit Programs

Friday, May 13, 2011

There's more bad news for Social Security and Medicare. The economy, rising health care costs and a drop in taxes have all shortened the life of the two entitlement programs.

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Financial 411: Nassau County Mulls Sports Arena, Casino

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nassau County wants to grow its economy by going on a building spree, with a new hockey arena and a casino. If they build it, will the jobs come?


Financial 411: A Look at Credit Card Rules, Two Years Later

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft said it will buy Skype, the Internet telephone service, for $8.5 billion. The tech company said communications are the backbone of the company, and that Skype's services will be combined with existing Microsoft products. The deal would be the largest in Microsoft's 36-year history.

"Skype has developed multiple revenue streams, and overall revenue has grown 20 percent year over year, and I think represents a very significant go-forward opportunity," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO.


Financial 411: U.S., China Talk Economics

Monday, May 09, 2011

The world's two economic superpowers are meeting to discuss everything from deficits to environmental issues. We'll talk about what to expect from this round of U.S-China talks.


Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, May 06, 2011

We'll review this week's headlines is business and economic news.

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Financial 411: The 'Flash Crash,' a Year Later

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Crude Oil Prices Fall

What goes up, also comes down. Crude oil, which has been trading sharply higher this year, plunged nearly nine percent on Thursday. That's the sharpest one-day drop in more than two years.

The price of a barrel dipped below $100, as economists voiced concerns about the direction of the U.S. economy. New jobless filings were up last week. Other commodities that have dipped in recent days are silver and gold.


Financial 411: Swiss Bank Settles; Rajaratnum Trial Continues

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

UBS Agrees to Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

The SEC and several states, including New York, have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with UBS over alleged fraud in municipal bond auctions. Without admitting guilt, the Swiss bank will make payments totaling $160 million to settle charges it defrauded local government bond issuers. The bank was accused of engaging in various forms of bid rigging and securities fraud from 2000 to 2004. New York City's Municipal Water Finance Authority is among the parties, and is now eligible to take part in a claims process. The settlement is the part of a long-running and still on-going investigation.


Financial 411: Government Sues Deutsche Bank

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The federal government is suing Deutsche Bank, for allegedly lying to the government so it would insure risky mortgages. We'll talk about the on-going investigations into mortgage lending practices.


Financial 411: Osama bin Laden's Effect on the Global Economy

Monday, May 02, 2011

We'll talk about how Osama bin Laden's death could lead to a healthier economy — both here, and abroad.


Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, April 29, 2011

Most big construction projects in New York are union jobs, but a dispute between contractors and workers could change that. We'll talk about what unions want, and what builders want.


Financial 411: Xanadu Rescue in the Works

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Economy Grows, Albeit Slowly

The economy grew at a disappointing 1.8 percent annual rate in the first three months of 2011. That's down from 3.1 percent in the final months of last year. The drop is being blamed on harsh winter weather, the ongoing slump in the housing market and higher oil and prices. A sharp drop in state and local government spending also pinched economic growth.


Financial 411: A Look at Madoff's Effect on Financial Regulations

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We'll talk about Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff's effect on financial regulations.


Financial 411: Oil Prices Rise, Obama's Approval Rating Falls

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Housing Prices Still Falling

News that housing prices in most large American cities fell for a seventh straight month has analysts worried about the effect on other sectors of the housing industry.