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World's oldest bond is gearing up for its 400th birthday. It's still paying interest

Friday, November 17, 2023

Hidden deep in an archive in New Jersey is the world's oldest living bond. It was originally issued to fund a dike in the Netherlands after a big flood.


Why the Fed isn't entirely to blame for current high interest rates on loans

Friday, November 10, 2023

Interest rates on a potential loan right now are pretty high. Part of the reason is the rate of a return, or yield, on a U.S. Treasury bond. The folks at The Indicator From Planet Money explain.


'Planet Money': Why offshore wind is facing headwinds

Friday, November 03, 2023

The Gulf of Mexico this summer saw the first-ever opening of an auction of leases for offshore wind production. But the expectations for robust bidding haven't been realized.


Producing a Broadway hit has a few things in common with investing in tech start-ups

Friday, October 27, 2023

The producer of hit shows like Dear Evan Hansen explains how he applies lessons learned from venture capital tech funding to investing in multi-million dollar Broadway productions.


How the consumer sentiment index is made

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

When the Fed wants to see if its policies are working to tamp down inflation, it looks to the Consumer Price Index. But to see into the future, policymakers look to the consumer sentiment index.


What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

Friday, October 13, 2023

Each week, guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: A violin comedy duo, Moonlighting on Hulu, the movie The Royal Hotel, and more.


The story of an Indigenous woman in Colombia who fought back against Coca-Cola

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The coca leaf has been a part of Andean culture for thousands of years. But when an indigenous woman used it in a drink she calls Coca Pola, her company entered into the crosshairs of Coca-Cola.


Is retail theft getting worse?

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Retailers are blaming thieves for falling profits. It's the biggest part of a problem called "shrink."


China's urban youth unemployment rate rose to 21% in June

Friday, September 15, 2023

One of the most alarming indicators in China is the skyrocketing urban youth unemployment rate. Many college grads in China can't find work in their chosen field.


A traffic jam in the drought-stricken Panama Canal may affect global supply chains

Friday, September 08, 2023

A drought is causing a slowdown in shipping traffic at the Panama Canal. It's introducing new problems for the global supply chain.


It was fed-up farmers who started the only government-run bank in the U.S.

Friday, September 01, 2023

There is only one public bank in the United States, and a group in Rochester, N.Y., is trying to change that. The Indicator from Planet Money explores the challenges of public banking in the U.S.


How a home mortgage 'lock in' impacts the entire housing market

Friday, August 25, 2023

The average mortgage rate in the U.S. is now over 7%, its highest level in more than 20 years. That has some homeowners feeling locked in, tethered to their low interest rates and unable to move.


Planet Money's 'The Indicator': The life and death spirals of social networks

Friday, August 11, 2023

Meta's new social media platform Threads had a rocket-like start when it launched a month ago as a challenger to X, formerly known as Twitter. But it's hard to tell which platform will dominate.


What Barbie's professional history says about women in the labor force

Friday, July 28, 2023

With more than 200 careers under her pink belt, Barbie has always been a hard worker. What can the types of professions Barbie's done tell us about women in the U.S. labor force? A lot, actually.


Online-only neobanks in Mexico are eager to win over new customers

Friday, July 07, 2023

Many adults in Mexico don't have any kind of bank account, and a lot of those people are young and tech savvy. Financial tech startups see this as a big opportunity for online-only banks.


What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend reading, viewing and listening

Friday, June 23, 2023

Each week, guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Beware the Woman, Dungeons and Drag Queens, and the DVD menu of The Social Network.


Traditionally very safe, money market funds may no longer be as reliable

Friday, June 02, 2023

Billions of dollars have flowed from traditional banks to money market funds in search of higher returns. These funds are supposed to be safe. But lately, things have been looking a little shaky.


How will generative AI — such as ChatGPT — affect the workplace?

Friday, June 02, 2023

New technologies often benefit highly paid, college-educated professionals — while putting others out of work. Research indicates generative AI could benefit middle-skill workers in surprising ways.


This obscure program lets Americans donate to help pay off the national debt

Friday, May 26, 2023

The U.S. debt has led to plenty of partisan fights and ... charitable gifts. For decades, a government program has been collecting donations from Americans who want to help pay off the national debt.


What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Friday, May 19, 2023

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Soundtrack Show, Reservation Dogs, Janelle Monáe and more.