Chris Arnold

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In the U.S., there's a historic shortage of homes — around 3 million short

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The U.S. is in the midst of a historic housing shortage. Supply chain problems are only part of the reason.


We are well into 2022. How is your New Year's budget resolution going?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Life Kit podcast tackles budgeting and explains how to keep budgeting from becoming a dreaded task. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 1, 2020)


Americans will feel the impact as Fed raises rates. Here's what you should know

Friday, March 18, 2022

It's getting more expensive to borrow money, with rates on mortgages, car loans and credit cards heading higher. Here's where you're likely to feel the impact and what you can do about it.


Record gas prices hit working class Americans with inflation already surging

Thursday, March 10, 2022

With each passing day the disruption of oil markets related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine pushes up gas prices in the U.S. to a new record.


Americans on low incomes are hit harder by high gas prices due to the war in Ukraine

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Gas prices are hitting record highs in the U.S. amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. That's got a lot of people on modest incomes worried as inflation is already making it tough to scrape by.


Sanctions could push Russia into a financial crisis and depression

Thursday, March 03, 2022

A full-blown financial crisis can be devastating for a country. Banks fail, business go under and people lose their jobs. Sanctions on Russia could tip the country into that kind of economic collapse.


Inflation has many retirees worried about outliving their savings

Saturday, February 19, 2022

The highest inflation since the 1980s has many retirees scared. Their retirement nest eggs will be in peril if it persists over the long term.


First-time homebuyers are getting squeezed out by investors

Friday, February 18, 2022

With a historic shortage of homes for sale, investors making cash offers are pushing first-time homebuyers out of the market.


It's not just home prices. Rents rise sharply across the U.S.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Renting a place to live is getting a lot more expensive, according to a survey that tracks rental listings across the biggest 50 U.S. cities.


Renting a place to live is getting a lot more expensive

Friday, February 11, 2022

In many parts of the country, rents are up by hundreds of dollars a month — just in the past year. In some cities, the rents are up nearly 40%, according to a recent survey.


Consumer groups want the FDIC to ban rent-a-bank loans with rates that can top 100%

Saturday, February 05, 2022

With the Trump-era head of the FDIC stepping down, consumer protection groups see an opportunity to put an end to "rent-a-bank" loans with sky-high interest rates.


Consumer groups hope the FDIC will crack down on rent-a-bank schemes

Friday, February 04, 2022

With a top Trump-appointed banking regulator stepping down, consumer financial protection groups say the new head of the FDIC should crack down on lenders charging interest rates of 100% or more.


Are you worried about inflation or a falling stock market shrinking your savings?

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

NPR wants to know how you're being affected by falling stock values or the rising price of gas, food and utilities.


Home prices rose faster than ever in 2021. The typical home gained $50,000 in value

Thursday, January 20, 2022

For first time homebuyers it was one of the hardest years ever to afford a house. But homeowners saw tremendous gains in housing wealth.


People hate overdraft fees. Banks are ditching or reducing them

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Capital One says it will stop charging overdraft fees and Bank of America is reducing them. These hefty fees hit people with low incomes the hardest.


22 tips for 2022: When it comes to saving money, a roommate is worth 1,000 coffees

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

If you're looking to overhaul your budget, it's best to focus on bigger categories — like housing or transportation — rather than all the almond milk lattes.


U.S. home prices went through the roof in 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Home prices have been on a tear during the pandemic. A new report out Tuesday shows home prices nationally are up 19% in a single year.


Federal rent money finally got to renters, and eviction filings haven't gone up

Sunday, December 26, 2021

With millions of Americans behind on rent, Congress sent billions of dollars to help, and after some early stumbles, a lot more of that money is now reaching people who need it.


How the government helps investors buy mobile home parks, raise rent and evict people

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Investors and companies are swooping in to buy mobile home parks. They raise fees and rents, and evict people who can't pay — using billions of dollars' worth of low interest, government-backed loans.


In a hot market, you can buy a home with cash — even if you don't have a lot of it

Saturday, December 18, 2021

A cash offer is hard to beat. It used to be that only wealthy people and investors had the money. But now some lenders are helping the rest of us do it too, even if you don't actually have the cash.