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The Planet Money team deciphers whether chart reading will predict stock winners

Friday, December 16, 2022

A standard way to decide whether buy or sell stocks is to look at a company's fundamentals. Others decide trades by taking a ruler to a stock or bond price chart and drawing some shapes.


Could an equation do a better job at setting a target interest rate than the Fed?

Friday, November 11, 2022

The Federal Reserve meets regularly and sets a target interest rate to keep inflation low and jobs high. But what if an equation could do all the work — and even do a better job?


'Planet Money': Will the Inflation Reduction Act really fight inflation?

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act includes a number of provisions to tackle climate change and health care costs. But whether it really fights inflation is less clear.


Is the U.S. in a recession? The committee that decides is looking at all the data

Friday, August 05, 2022

The White House insists the U.S. economy is not facing a recession, even after gross domestic product contracted for two consecutive quarters. That marker usually indicates a recession.


Former bond manager shares investing strategy that he calls strategic mediocrity

Friday, June 03, 2022

Financial markets have been volatile this year, leading some to figure out ways to navigate the risk. A former fund manager says his long-term strategy for success was to avoid winning.


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.


The deadline for replacing LIBOR looms

Friday, October 15, 2021

LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate, is used for choosing interest rates. The system was found to be rigged 10 years ago. Finally, some replacements are being launched.


Rise Of Recommendation Systems: How Machines Figure Out The Things We Want

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Recommendations we get from websites about what to buy are often powered by an algorithm known as collaborative filtering. We trace this technology back to one person trying to declutter his inbox.


Government Borrowing Doesn't Mean What It Used To

Friday, March 12, 2021

The U.S. government will borrow all of the money used to pay for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. That kind of borrowing used to set off major alarms with economists. Now? Not so much.


The Latest On The GameStop Stock Market Debacle

Thursday, January 28, 2021

After climbing more than 1,000%, GameStop's stock price reversed course and dropped suddenly when popular stock trading platforms abruptly halted some trades.


Hottest Stock On Wall Street: Struggling Video Game Store GameStop

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Last week shares of video game store GameStop were trading at about $40 a share. Then, a group of Reddit users invested. The move sent stocks soaring and raised several questions.


Reddit Users Vs. Wall Street Giant In Fight Over GameStop Stock Value

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A group of amateur stock investors has banded together on Reddit to take on a Wall Street giant in a fight for the value of the stock for GameStop. For now, the little guys are winning.


Behavioral Economists On Why Some People Resist Wearing Masks

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Our Planet Money podcast team scans the evidence from behavioral economics for lessons on how to get people to wear masks during the COVID-19 crisis, and to find out why they may not be wearing them.


Black Economist's Research Finds A Blindspot On A Theory Of Innovation

Thursday, June 25, 2020

When Lisa Cook tried to publish her research showing how segregation and racial violence held back Black innovation, she encountered obstacles. Now her work is considered groundbreaking.


When Rent Doesn't Get Paid, Someone Pays A Price

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What happens when millions of Americans don't pay the rent? Landlords don't get paid, and they pass on the debt to someone else. NPR's Planet Money follows the chain of non-payment all the way.


Why Raw Milk Is More Dangerous And Costs More Than Pasteurized Milk

Thursday, March 05, 2020

There has been something of a raw milk revival recently — even though it is more dangerous than pasteurized milk, which has been heated to 145 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any harmful pathogens.


A Look At The Newly Pardoned Michael Milken, A 'Junk Bond King' Turned Philanthropist

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

President Trump pardoned financier Michael Milken Tuesday. Decades ago, he changed Wall Street when he created the junk bond market. Then he got arrested and turned to philanthropy.


What's Wrong with the Saudi Aramco IPO?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The most profitable company in the world was supposed to make its international debut, listing public shares for the first time at a valuation of $2 trillion. Now it's staying local. What happened?