Prior to working as a staff reporter at Marketplace David freelanced for Marketplace from New Orleans and St. Louis. Prior to that he worked odd jobs in Seattle, Alaska, Mexico and New York.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.

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Features by David Weinberg

The rise of the refi

Americans used to believe that when you retired, your house should be paid off. That was, of course, before the refinancing boom.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, mortgage, refinancing, Housing

On an expense account? Try a Big Mac!

Data from business travelers finds McDonald's and Starbucks account for 8 percent of all food expenses.
Posted In: expense accounts, McDonald's, starbucks

The cost of retiring a Native American mascot

President Obama joined the list of public figures who say the Washington Redskins should consider changing their name. But what's the value of the Redskins brand?
Posted In: Sports, NFL, football, mascot, Redskins

Travel plans canceled because of shutdown? How about a refund?

National parks are closed, so vacations are ruined. Vacations are ruined, so vacationers are asking for refunds -- and sometimes they're actually getting them.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, national parks

The rise of the small insurer

Several of the largest health insurers are sitting out Obamacare exchanges. It's created an opportunity for smaller insurance companies.
Posted In: health insurance, Small Business

Housing is back, so why the mortgage layoffs?

The S&P Case Shiller home price index indicates that housing prices continue to recover.
Posted In: Banks, Mortgages, refinancing

Assessing Colorado's long-term flood damage

Colorado farmers rarely complain about rain, but a lot of them got flooded out by the latest storms.
Posted In: Colorado State, Fort Collins, flooding Colorado

It takes more than a background check to prevent a violent shooting

When it comes to preventing shootings at the workplace, background checks before hiring employees are just the first step.
Posted In: security, safety, shootings, Navy Yard, workplace, background checks

Tapering? The Fed says, not so fast

For many economists, yesterday's news from the Federal Reserve came out of left field. Apparently, the economy still isn't strong enough to taper off that bond buying stimulus.

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