Cardiff Garcia

U.S. Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

Cardiff Garcia appears in the following:

We Hear You

Friday, July 13, 2018

We respond to your letters, tweets and messages: We talk Iran, yield curve and how to pronounce Hyundai.


The Last Straw

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Starbucks, Ikea, Vancouver, Scotland: They've all banned plastic straws. The movement is meant to help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. But will it work, or will it backfire?


Fed Accounts For All!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Banks and other financial institutions have their own banking accounts at the Federal Reserve. Morgan Ricks argues that regular folks should have access to Fed accounts, too.


The Price of A Hyundai in Iran

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.


The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?

Monday, July 09, 2018

Every time the yield curve has inverted since 1970, the economy has fallen into recession. It's getting close to inverting now, but it may no longer be the recession predictor it once was.


Episode 852: Two Summer Indicators

Friday, July 06, 2018

Two stories from our Indicator team. One province in China makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs.


Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Friday, July 06, 2018

It's jobs Friday! For a comprehensive mid-year update on the labor market, we ask labor economist Betsey Stevenson ten questions in ten minutes.


The Long French Goodbye

Thursday, July 05, 2018

A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.


Star Spangled Indicator

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Flags: symbol of a country, patriotic rallying cry, and a telling economic indicator. Today on the show, a factory in China that makes American flags, and what it tells us about the modern economy.


The Problem With Unobservable Variables

Monday, July 02, 2018

The unemployment rate is already below the Federal Reserve's estimate for maximum employment. But former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin says it may still have further to fall.


Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets

Friday, June 29, 2018

Every year, the nation's biggest banks are subjected to stress tests, hypothetical disaster scenarios designed to test their balance sheets. But the stress tests could soon be getting less stressful.


Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The price of oil continued climbing throughout this year, catching forecasters and consumers by surprise. What happened, and what might make it move in the second half of the year?


Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June marks the birthday of two of the most famous economists of all time: Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. Whose ideas are most relevant today? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.


The Beautiful Indicator

Monday, June 25, 2018

Team Indicator takes on the World Cup. We drink, we cheer, we watch the game and, of course, we bring our economic indicators.


MoviePass / Fail?

Friday, June 22, 2018

If you pay MoviePass 10 dollars a month, you can go to the movies every day. Great for customers, but hard on a company's bottom line. Today on the show, what's the plan, MoviePass?


When Retirement Advice Went Viral

Friday, June 22, 2018

America faces a retirement crisis, as most people aren't on track to have enough saved by the time they retire. We talk to the inventor of the 401(k) about how it was all supposed to work.


Why Alternatives To Tariffs Can Be More Effective

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Historically, tariffs have proved to be a blunt instrument that aren't as effective as other measures. Past examples show how countries get around them, and why other tactics work better.


The Measure Of A Tragedy

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Venezuela's economy has collapsed, and the normal economic indicators have gotten so bad they're almost unfathomable. So one economist created an indicator to capture the awful human cost.


The Art Of The Trade War

Monday, June 18, 2018

The U.S. and China are on track for a trade war. Economists generally say that's a bad idea... but if the U.S. wants to get tough on China, what are some alternatives?


Dude, Where's My Trade War?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One way to think of President Trump's trade policy is as a sort of soap opera. Today, we catch you up on the latest dramatic twists and also answer a big, looming question: are we in a trade war?