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As Oil Prices Drop And Money Dries Up, Is The U.S. Shale Boom Going Bust?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The boom that helped make the U.S. the world's largest oil producer could be ending. Oil prices are down amid weak demand, and investors no longer seem willing to write the industry a blank check.


Why The American Leather Industry Is Having A Tough Time

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The leather industry hit a peak in 2014. Retailers were forced to find cheaper, artificial alternatives. Now, leather is struggling to regain the market share it lost. The trade war is not helping.


My Journey Into The World Of Men's Beauty

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Makeup was once thought to be the exclusive realm of women, but more and more men are experimenting with cosmetics — and the industry is taking notice. A reporter gives it a try.


How One Man Used Miles To Fulfill His Dream To Visit Every Country Before Turning 40

Monday, September 23, 2019

A growing subculture of savvy consumers is finding new ways to game credit card points. But it's not a game for everyone.


California's Plan To Cap Rent Increases Could Drive Up Prices In The Long Run

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Is rent control a tool to help fight a housing crisis? California is taking steps to enact a state-wide cap on rent increases. But, recent studies show that rent control may actually drive up rents in the long run.


The Price Of Gold Is At A 6-Year High. But Is It Actually A Good Investment?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The price of gold is at its highest in six years. "Gold bugs" — that is, die-hard gold investors — swear by the commodity as a certain bet. But are they right?


California Is Divided Over Development Amid Severe Housing Shortage

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The governor of California wants cities in his state to build more housing, but some of them don't appear to be moving fast enough. The state has taken Huntington Beach to court.


Examining Congestion Pricing In Cities

Thursday, April 25, 2019

New York City is rolling out a new solution to the problem of congestion, but questions remain about who exactly will foot the bill.


The Traffic Tariff

Monday, April 22, 2019

New York will soon charge drivers to enter the most crowded parts of the city. Congestion pricing: Does it work? Who's doing it? And is it coming to a city near you?


The Cost Of Measles

Monday, April 15, 2019

The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.


One Man's Quest To Protect A Rare Kind Of Hazelnut Tree

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The hazelnut business is in a bind. Demand is rising, supply is tight, and a deadly fungal disease is constraining production. But one man may have found a solution.


The 20-Year Quest To Save Nutella

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Global demand for hazelnuts is growing, thanks to the popularity of products like Nutella. So it should be a great time to be in the hazelnut business... but there's one big problem.


The Disease Detectives

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The dedicated officers of the epidemic intelligence service are foot soldiers in a relentless battle against infectious disease.


What Keeps Economists Up At Night? And Other Stuff

Friday, January 18, 2019

We armed The Indicator's producers with your questions, and they unleashed them on a roomful of economists at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.


Short Sellers' Impact On Markets

Friday, November 09, 2018

Short sellers — investors who bet against companies — get a bad rap, but research suggests they help keep markets running smoothly.


All Aboard The Bankmobile!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

How one bank gave a whole new meaning to the term "mobile banking."


Short Shrift For Short Sellers

Monday, October 22, 2018

Short sellers get a bad rap. Sometimes with good reason. But overall, they're an inevitable and useful part of a healthy financial system.


The Liars Of Romance

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

People lie when they're looking for a mate online. Today on the Indicator: the lies we tell online, and how often we tell them.


Sanctions, Iran, And The Battle Over SWIFT

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Today on the Indicator: How a small Belgian company wields enormous influence in global finance and diplomacy.


The Market For Air

Friday, July 20, 2018

How something that's all around us came to be worth millions of dollars.