Features by Alisa Roth

China's growing auto industry could affect U.S. gas prices

China added more than 2 million cars last year, a 29 percent increase. So how does that affect the regular U.S. driver? It's all about the price of oil. Alisa Roth explains.
Posted In: Auto, China

A friendlier, more personal payday lender

Marketplace's Alisa Roth visits a new kind of payday lender that is part of an FDIC pilot program. The program gives payday loans -- but it gives borrowers get personalized financial advice and more time to repay the loans.

Big 3: How the U.S. auto industry turned things around

Things are looking pretty good for the auto industry right now, especially compared to 2009, which was a disaster. Reporter Alisa Roth talks with Bob Moon about what the industry did to turn things around, how the Big 3 are doing, and whether the bailouts worked.
Posted In: Auto

How will China's auto changes affect U.S. carmakers?

Soon, Chinese buyers of small vehicles will lose a big government tax incentive. On top of that, Beijing's city hall is cutting the number of license plates issued to reduce congestion. What does this mean for American automakers angling for a piece of the action in China? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

Investors more confident about retail companies

Investors, like private equity firms, are eyeing companies like Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Prices are still low and there's signs that the economy is slowly, but surely, in recovery.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, Retail, Wall Street

Ernst & Young may face fraud lawsuit over Lehman audits

There are reports that New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will file a civil fraud lawsuit against accounting firm Ernst and Young over its role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Alisa Roth reports.

Do we really know how many foreclosures are out there?

Marketplace's Alisa Roth looks into why foreclosure figures vary so widely from source to source.
Posted In: Housing

What's in an area code?

Your area code can say a lot about you: where you are, how long you've been there, if you're using a cell phone or a landline. But now, as more and more people get phones, the number of area codes are increasing. How does that change the area code culture? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: New York

More subprime borrowers got auto loans in 3Q

A survey showed that there were more subprime borrowers of auto loans in the third quarter. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports on what that uptick may tell us about the auto industry and the economy.
Posted In: Auto

What's a realistic 'normal' unemployment rate?

The unemployment rate in the U.S. has been stuck for a while now at just under 10 percent. Our pre-Great Recession rate was around 5 percent. Is it realistic to believe we can get back to that rate now, though? Alisa Roth explains that we may have to get used to a 'new normal.'
Posted In: Jobs


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