Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, December 20, 2019
The farming economy has had a devastating year in 2019, with debt levels reaching all-time highs.
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?
Thursday, November 21, 2019
How did the cranberry go from a seasonal, Thanksgiving favorite to an all-year round, ubiquitous supermarket staple?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.