Stacey Vanek Smith

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In Beijing, There Are Small Signs That Brighter Days Are Ahead

Friday, March 27, 2020

China's government is beginning to lift restrictions that were in place during the height of the coronavirus outbreak. So how do residents feel as life slowly starts to return to normal?


When The Coronavirus Outbreak Creates A Panic-Buying Boom For Your Product

Friday, March 13, 2020

The coronavirus has given stock markets and the global economy a whack. Some businesses are feeling pain, while others are seeing gains. And a handful of companies are experiencing both.


How Netflix Funded Its Content Production — With The Help Of Junk Bonds

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Netflix had to become a content producer to compete with other streaming services. To raise the money to pay for all that content, the company turned to junk bonds.


Clothing Retailers Explore An Alternative To Fast Fashion: Rentals

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Buy or rent? That's becoming a question for manufacturers of more and more types of products. Now, fast fashion brands like H&M are trying to get in on the movement too.


As Solar Energy's Price Has Dropped, More Companies Get Onboard

Friday, February 21, 2020

When it was first introduced, solar power was so expensive that it was a punchline in the energy business. Since then prices have fallen, and today solar power is cheaper than coal.


Stellar Corporate Credit Ratings Are So 1980s

Friday, February 14, 2020

It used to be that companies strove for the best credit rating possible. These days, however, America's corporations seem happy to slide by with a passing grade.


Planet Money: Single Women Are Shortchanged In The Housing Market

Friday, January 17, 2020

A new study from Yale School of Management found a gender bias in the housing market means single women often lose out, whether they're buying a home or selling one.


Small Farms Hit Hard In 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

The farming economy has had a devastating year in 2019, with debt levels reaching all-time highs.


Pennsylvania County Welcomes Refugees With Open Arms

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A rural county in Pennsylvania was once dubbed the "refugee capital of America" by the BBC. How did Lancaster County earn this nickname?


The Great Cranberry Crash Of 1959

Thursday, November 21, 2019

How did the cranberry go from a seasonal, Thanksgiving favorite to an all-year round, ubiquitous supermarket staple?


WeWork And The Future Of Coworking

Thursday, October 31, 2019

WeWork's name had become synonymous with coworking and it had plans to go public. Until investors had the opportunity to look at the company's books.


Forever 21 Reveals The Flaws Of Fast Fashion

Friday, October 18, 2019

The most recent retail sales numbers suggest American consumers are pulling back. Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy and revealed some big flaws in the business model known as fast fashion.


High-Tech Companies Look To Mexico For Qualified Talent Pool

Friday, September 20, 2019

There's a tech boom in Tijuana, Mexico, as American companies look for skilled labor to fill technology jobs at a lower cost than it would be in California.


Episode 665: The Free Food Market

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.


How Bond Investors Are Being Used To Save Rhinos

Thursday, September 05, 2019

The horn of a rhinoceros can go for more than $100,000 on the black market. For poachers, the rhino is a walking gold mine. Can the plight of rhinos be solved by using capitalism?


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?


The U.S. Has Nearly 1.9 Billion Acres Of Land. Here's How It Is Used

Friday, July 26, 2019

The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at how all that land is divvied up.


Cornhole And Other Less Traditional Sports Gather More Attention

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Niche sports, such as cornhole, axe throwing and even professional arm wrestling, are beginning to attract interest and money. These less traditional sports are gaining sponsors.


Amazon Shuts Down Food Delivery Service

Thursday, July 04, 2019

One of the largest companies in the world, Amazon, just shuttered its food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants. But Amazon's fails are a bit different.


In Tight Labor Market, Blue-Collar Employers Turn To Non-Compete Clauses

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Long a feature of white-collar employment agreements, non-compete clauses are increasingly showing up in blue-collar job contracts. That move may be hurting the economy.