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The Fed has been raising interest rates. Why then are savings interest rates low?

Monday, January 23, 2023

When the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, the interest rate on savings account usually follows in step. But recently, that logic hasn't held up. (Story aired on ATC on Jan. 15, 2023.)

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The Fed has been raising interest rates — so why are savings interest rates low?

Monday, January 16, 2023

When the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, the interest rate on your savings account usually follows in step. But recently, that logic hasn't held up.

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A new investment fund is taking on startups abandoned by venture capital investors

Friday, December 16, 2022

The Indicator hosts reports on a recently launched investment fund that takes on startups abandoned by venture capital investors because they are not growing fast enough to become "unicorns."

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Recent tech layoffs cause fears of another dot-com bust

Friday, December 09, 2022

Tech companies are laying off thousands of workers in a reversal of their hiring boom during the pandemic. Should we worry about another dot-com bust like the one in 2000?

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One economist's argument for heat safety regulations

Friday, December 02, 2022

As California considers new heat safety regulations for indoor workers one economist argues that it would be a win-win for both employees and their employers.

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How hard-to-pronounce names could land resumes in the reject pile

Monday, October 31, 2022

New research suggests a person's name, specifically hard-to-pronounce ones, could make the difference between landing a job or their resume ending up in the reject pile.

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How hard-to-pronounce names could land resumes in the reject pile

Friday, October 28, 2022

New research suggests a person's name, specifically hard-to-pronounce ones, could make the difference between landing a job or their resume ending up in the reject pile.

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The IMF is expecting a challenging time ahead amid signs of a global slowdown

Friday, October 14, 2022

With signs of a slowdown, it's a tough time for the International Monetary Fund and its 190 member countries. Planet Money's The Indicator explains what the IMF is and what it does.

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The journey a number of econ terms recently went through to get into the dictionary

Friday, September 30, 2022

Earlier this month, Merriam Webster added over 300 new words to the dictionary. A number of econ terms were on the list.

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The impact of California's environmental regulations ripples across the U.S.

Friday, September 09, 2022

California is home to some of the country's strictest environmental regulations. Those standards can sometimes spread to other states and beyond. It's known as the "California Effect."

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The current Supreme Court could be the most pro-business yet

Friday, September 02, 2022

The current Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, may be the most business-friendly high court of the past century, according to a new study.

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The cautionary tale of Japan: Why an L-shaped recession is so undesirable

Friday, August 19, 2022

Not all economic recessions and recoveries are created equal. Japan's "L-shaped" recovery — which really isn't much of a recovery at all — in the 1990s offers a cautionary tale.

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The Indicator from Planet Money: What happens when there aren't enough CPAs?

Friday, August 12, 2022

Nearly all professions are hurting for workers. That includes accounting firms in need of certified public accountants, who are responsible for tasks from balancing the books to fraud probes.

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A trio of economists have come up with a new way to evaluate the health of an economy

Friday, August 05, 2022

GDP has declined for a second quarter in a row — a common definition of a recession. But a group of economists are asking, why rely on that single number to determine the health of the economy?

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What's driving prices down in the metals market?

Friday, July 22, 2022

The prices of base metals like copper rise and the prices fall for precious metals like gold when the economy is doing well. What happens when both copper and gold prices spiral down?

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The end of pandemic relief measures upends progress in reducing child poverty

Friday, June 17, 2022

The expanded child tax credit expired last year. Some economists say that's eroding progress made in reducing child poverty during the pandemic — leaving families vulnerable during high inflation.

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College enrollment is down, but applications are rolling in at 'elite' schools

Friday, June 10, 2022

Ah, college — the classes, the parties, the debt. Is it still worth it? While most schools have seen enrollment declines during the pandemic, there's been a jump in applications at "elite" schools.

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Why a strong U.S. dollar could be great for some and harmful to others

Friday, May 27, 2022

The U.S. dollar is appreciating in value against other currencies — an increase that comes with some benefits, but can also potentially be a drag on the economy.

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Abortion access tends to lower child poverty rates, economists say

Thursday, May 26, 2022

In a brief to the Supreme Court, 154 economists wrote that access to legal abortion has led to women attaining higher levels of education and professional occupations and lower rates of child poverty.

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Could inflation be a good thing for governments in debt?

Friday, May 13, 2022

For all the pain it causes, inflation makes old debts easier to pay off. A silver-lining for countries burdened by pandemic debt? Maybe. But if history is any guide, that shine may be short-lived.

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