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.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, mortgage, refinancing, Housing
Americans used to believe that when you retired, your house should be paid off. That was, of course, before the refinancing boom.
Posted In: expense accounts, McDonald's, starbucks
Data from business travelers finds McDonald's and Starbucks account for 8 percent of all food expenses.
Posted In: Sports, NFL, football, mascot, Redskins
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: government shutdown 2013, national parks
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: health insurance, Small Business
Several of the largest health insurers are sitting out Obamacare exchanges. It's created an opportunity for smaller insurance companies.
Posted In: Banks, Mortgages, refinancing
The S&P Case Shiller home price index indicates that housing prices continue to recover.
Posted In: Colorado State, Fort Collins, flooding Colorado
Colorado farmers rarely complain about rain, but a lot of them got flooded out by the latest storms.
Posted In: security, safety, shootings, Navy Yard, workplace, background checks
When it comes to preventing shootings at the workplace, background checks before hiring employees are just the first step.
Posted In: London Whale, JPMorgan Chase
The 'London Whale' saga continues
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.