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Examining the state of global shipping and what it might mean for you

Thursday, January 26, 2023

The cost of transporting shipping containers has gone back down to 2019 levels after record highs during the pandemic. That should be great news for consumers, right? Well, not so fast.


Why sanctions against Russia aren't working — yet

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

When sanctions were enacted against Russia in February of this year, many forecasts were of an imminent collapse in the Russian economy. A new report looks at why that hasn't happened.


The U.K. is undergoing the largest trial of a four-day workweek and less may be more

Friday, November 25, 2022

The U.K. has been undergoing the largest trial of a four-day workweek ever conducted. The Indicator podcast hosts Wailin Wong and Paddy Hirsch explain when it comes to productivity, less may be more.


These companies ran an experiment: Pay workers their full salary to work fewer days

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Could a shorter work week be the answer to the UK's productivity problem?


They made a material that doesn't exist on Earth. That's only the start of the story.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

A scientific discovery could forever change China and the U.S. industrial balance.


Britain's Productivity Problem

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Liz Truss is just the latest Prime Minister to be tripped up trying to tackle productivity.


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.


How "wash trading" is perpetuating crypto fraud

Friday, September 23, 2022

The enormous number of fake Bitcoin trades may be traced to an age-old practice used to manipulate markets. It's called "wash trading."


People in Britain may have to cut down on their afternoon tea

Friday, July 22, 2022

Food prices in the United Kingdom are going through the roof, and wages are stagnating. Can the next prime minister who will take over for the departing Boris Johnson handle the heat?


How much influence does the cryptoverse have on the wider economy?

Friday, July 01, 2022

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have taken a beating lately. Even though these assets are risky, they're becoming more mainstream. So what does this crypto collapse mean for the wider economy?


Can the middle class live like the Simpson family? NPR asked; 'The Simpsons' answered

Friday, May 20, 2022

Last year, the Indicator analyzed whether the Simpson family's lifestyle was attainable for the middle class. A writer for The Simpsons listened and decided to answer the question with an episode.


The Work-From-Home climate challenge

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Companies might have thought a silver lining from the pandemic was that remote work was slashing emissions. They're thinking again.


An economic indicator sheds light on the trucking industry

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The spot market rate can tell you about the state of the trucking industry, and sometimes the economy at large. It hit highs early in the pandemic, but it's down 15% since the start of the year.


How palm oil prices are affecting the global economy

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

The prices of cooking oil are rising. Why that could put global security at risk.


Airline ticket prices are expected to keep rising for several reasons

Friday, April 29, 2022

Summer travel could be a boom for U.S. airlines, with consumer demand surging. But a pilot shortage, worsened by the pandemic, might get in the way of a return to profitability.


Who is the real Elvira Nabiullina?

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Russian central bank chief Elvira Nabiullina has cultivated the image of a nerdy, opera-loving technocrat, trapped in place by Putin's decision to go to war in Ukraine. It's not that simple.


Will Elon Musk turn activist at Twitter?

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Musk is now Twitter's largest shareholder. That gives him a legal right to coerce and cajole and persuade and shout about what the company does.


How Russia rescued the ruble

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

The Russian ruble lost nearly half its value when Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then it has been the top performing currency in the world.


A business built a new supply chain due to the pandemic. It's now having doubts

Friday, March 25, 2022

Earlier in the pandemic, a Massachusetts manufacturer rebuilt its supply chain to meet the demand for medical gowns. But with the market rush over, the head of the company is having second thoughts.


Law enforcement is using one of cryptocurrency's strengths to fight crypto crime

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Cryptocurrency is an asset for those seeking privacy in their transactions, including criminals. Eyebrows were raised when a couple was arrested for allegedly laundering billions in stolen bitcoin.