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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

Monday, March 02, 2015

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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Morning Edition

White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Labor Department will draft new rules requiring retirement advisers to put consumers' best interests first. The industry warns that low-income people might lose out on financial planning advice.

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Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Something very unusual is happening in the U.S. economy. Traditionally, workers lose buying power to rising prices. But lately, paychecks and prices have been heading in opposite directions.

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Attention, Shoppers: Prices For 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's not exactly Priceline.com for knee replacements. But a website from the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute could helping patients shop around for the best values.

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All Things Considered

Reining In Financial Advisers May Help โ€” But Americans Still Aren't Saving

Monday, February 23, 2015

The White House is concerned Americans are losing billions of dollars to advisers who aren't acting in their interest. But the problem with retirement saving goes far beyond fees.

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Administration Grants Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

Friday, February 20, 2015

There will be a special insurance enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for people to use HealthCare.gov if they discover they owe a penalty for not having coverage when filling out their taxes.

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All Things Considered

Will A Tipped-Wage Hike Kill Gratuities For New York's Waiters?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New York's wage board is proposing a boost in the minimum wage for people who work for tips. Some restaurateurs say this could raise labor costs and force them to drop tipping and raise menu prices.

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Blind Boy's Quest Prompts Australia To Plan Tactile Cash

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blind since birth, Connor McLeod couldn't tell how much money he'd been given for Christmas. So he started a petition seeking banknotes that can be differentiated by touch.

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Morning Edition

Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This often puts consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.

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All Things Considered

Study Suggests Recession, Recovery Have Not Left The Rich Richer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Conventional wisdom is that income inequality has gotten worse in the years since the financial crisis, but new research by a George Washington University professor says that's not what the data show.

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All Things Considered

After Sandy: Insurance Claim Battles Cost Homeowners, Taxpayers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Over two years after Superstorm Sandy flooded homes in New Jersey and New York, legal battles still rage over insurance claims to repair damage. But insurance companies aren't playing by the rules.

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All Things Considered

Despite Recovery, Many Find Home Loans Still Hard To Get

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The housing market and the economy are both well on their way back from the Great Recession. But housing advocates say banks, stung by the housing crisis and its fallout, remain reluctant to lend.

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Report: Using Malware, Hackers Steal Millions From Banks

Monday, February 16, 2015

According to a security company, hackers kept tabs on bank employees, transferred funds and then sent commands to ATMs to dispense cash at pre-determined times.

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Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Want to know if your favorite restaurant pays its servers a living wage? An app encourages diners to ask before they dig in.

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As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Oil prices aren't the only thing that's dropped. The prices of everything from corn to sugar have fallen, too. So some economists predict lower prices at the grocery store later this year.

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Morning Edition

The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Morning Edition

Unions Have Pushed The $15 Minimum Wage, But Few Members Will Benefit

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Most union members won't benefit from a higher minimum wage because they already earn far more than that. With membership declining, some union leaders fear collective bargaining is dead.

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If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art

Monday, February 09, 2015

A designer has reimagined a host of everyday edibles as high-end grocery items. It's a project that explores how branding influences our purchases โ€” and where the ethical boundaries lie for designers.

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All Things Considered

Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

Monday, February 09, 2015

Los Angeles is considering raising its minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour in order to help its 800,000 residents in poverty. But no major city has yet raised its wage this dramatically and this fast.

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TED Radio Hour

How Should We Distribute Our Wealth?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.

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